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Transmitting Orders from Top to Bottom

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Oct 10, 2017 in Fun & Humor ☻ by Marianne (18,487 points)
"By order of the Colonel, tomorrow at 2000 hours, Halley's Comet will appear above the battalion area. If it rains, fall the men out in fatigues, then march to the theater where this rare phenomenon will take place, something which occurs only once every 75 years."

"By order of the Colonel be in fatigues at 2000 hours tomorrow evening. The phenomenal Halley's Comet will appear in the theater. In case of rain in the battalion area, the Colonel will give another order, something which occurs once every 75 years."

"Tomorrow at 2000 hours, the Colonel will appear in the theater with Halley's comet, something which happens every 75 years. If it rains, the Colonel will order the comet into the battalion area."

"When it rains tomorrow at 2000 hours, the phenomenal 75-year-old General Halley, accompanied by the Colonel, will drive his comet through the battalion area theater in fatigues."



3 Answers

TheOtherTink Oct 10, 2017

I think it was this kind of transmission of orders that led to the acronyms SNAFU and FUBAR.  :D

Marianne TheOtherTink Oct 11, 2017

Lol, T(h)ink - indeed! :D:D:D

Virginia Oct 10, 2017

Marianne, as I child we used to play the game "telephone"...whispering a message to each other down the line of children, and then compare the result with the original message!

Marianne Virginia Oct 11, 2017

Lol, Virginia - yes, "Chinese Whispers" was also the first, which came to my mind. :D:D:D

Virginia Virginia Oct 12, 2017

Chinese Whispers! That is an exotic and wonderful expression for this phenomenon, Marianne...

Marianne Virginia Oct 12, 2017

Lool - Virginia, as T(h)ink is pointing out, it might sound kind of racist - but there are also nicer interpretations; I like your definition "exotic and wonderful expression", which reminds of skills, arts and inventions like paper and printing, for instance.


Rooster Oct 10, 2017

Sounds about right! Tink got it right! LOL.  :D :D

Marianne Rooster Oct 11, 2017

Lol, Rooster, indeed, and there were also the "Chinese Whispers" ... :D:D:D

Rooster Rooster Oct 11, 2017

@Marianne: I had to look that one up! LOL. Looks like it originated in the U.K. Much nicer language than us G.I.'s used! :D :D  

TheOtherTink Rooster Oct 11, 2017

@ Marianne and Rooster,

I dunno... "Chinese Whispers" sounds kinda racist by today's PC standards, much like "Chinese fire drill". :O :blush: :O

Marianne Rooster Oct 11, 2017

Lol - actually, it might sound a bit racist, but, one can also think of something nicer, like, for instance, that the Chinese were the first to have invented this popular game. After all, they were pioneers in many domains:

Actually, citing a name, a nationality, a race, group or culture can also be used in a positive, respectful way - it simply depends on the wording. :)

As to the "Chinese fire drill" - well, what I saw myself on site didn't look chaotic - quite the opposite was the case, and everything was very well organised. The only exception was the extremely dense road and street traffic, but it is much the same in most big cities of the world (except for those which go "green").


Marianne Rooster Oct 12, 2017

Lol, Rooster - yes, there are some differences between British and American English, and Great Britain is part of Europe - lol.


Marianne Rooster Oct 12, 2017

Lol, T(h)ink, the answer to Rooster was for both of you.


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