Thursday, October 09, 2008

Self-Referential Humor

4 comments:

Larry said...

It is interesting the lengths people go to to get a message delivered AND received. (I assume all hve noted the bottom line and thought about the symbols.)

Highway 17 between San Jose and Santa Cruz is a heavily traveled, winding road with a dreadful accident toll, and it seldom gets icy.

Years ago the curves were marked with speed caution signs of 19 MPH, 23 MPH and so on.

My favorite was a one-time, verbal thing. While waiting for takeoff at the Van Nuys Airport, a Navy jet called short final--apparently unaware of a problem.

The control tower with no detectable change in voice said something like:

"Navy 1234, Van Nuys Tower, Wind 155 at 3, Altimeter two niner niner, gear up landing approved one six right, cleared to land."

Gear came out pretty quickly, with no further mention on the radio although there might have been something on UHF.

The thing that puzzled me at the time is that the Navy flights usually called "down and locked three green" or something like that when the called short final. Weekend warrior maybe.

Larry said...

"1 comments"

I hate that.

Micha Elyi said...

I've seen those irregular speed caution signs Larry mentioned; they're on a road linking the communities of Los Gatos and Saratoga, not on Highway 17. I've driven both routes before. Both are dangerous.

Micha Elyi said...

I've seen those irregular speed caution signs Larry mentioned; they're on a road linking the communities of Los Gatos and Saratoga, not on Highway 17. I've driven both routes before. Both are dangerous.