Monday, March 12, 2007

Playing Chicken

This is supposedly a true story, if not - well, it's cute anyway.

This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a U.S. Navy ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995.

Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval operations, October 10, 1995.

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the captain of a U.S. Navy ship. I say again, divert your course.

Canadians: No, I say again, you divert your course.

Americans: This is the Aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees North, I say again, one five degrees North, or countermeasures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your turn.

18 comments:

raine said...

I believe every bloody word of it.
(Snort!)

Bailey Stewart said...

Are you saying that our military is arrogant? *snicker, snort*

Jordan Summers said...

Sadly, LOL, I believe it too. :)

Bailey Stewart said...

I need to find the one between the German air tower and the American passenger plane - late 50s or early 60s - now that one was funny.

Loreth Anne White said...

LOL. I actually saw the clip for that -- it was an ad for ... I'm not sure what for. Must see if I saved it somewhere .. very funny :)

Brandy said...

OMgosh! Too good! I hope this is true.

Diane said...

Priceless - and you found an avatar background to suit too.

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Bernita said...

As satisfying as it is, it's an urban myth.

Kelly said...
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Kelly said...

I'm not so sure it is an urban myth. It has a ring of truth to me! Or maybe its just because it makes me laugh so hard everytime I read it that I choose to believe it. I have it taped to my computer at work. Any time I'm in a bad mood I read it. It makes me giggle.

Dru said...

oh my goodness...this has to be true. Big ship versus lighthouse. LMAO

Susan said...

Whether truth or urban myth it's very funny. And you just have to know captain had to be male! LOL

Melissa said...

Ha-ha, Bailey. Good one.

I'd love to hear the air tower plane one if you find it!

Toni Anderson said...

LOL--I've read that before--I wonder if it is true. It is funny :) I think Meretta sent it me...

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catslady said...

I too don't care if it's true or not because it's hilarious.

Michele said...

LOL!!!!!!!