Monthly Archives: January 2007

Do you know what happens in the cockpit?

Tower: “TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees.”

TWA 2341: “Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?”

Tower: “Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?”

That, and many other funny/scary exchanges between tower and pilot(s) kinda made my day. My fave is this one:

The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one’s gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign: Speedbird 206.

Speedbird 206: ” Frankfurt , Speedbird 206! Clear of active runway.”
Ground: “Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven.”
The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
Ground: “Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?”
Speedbird 206: “Stand by, Ground, I’m looking up our gate location now.”
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): “Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?”
Speedbird 206 (coolly): “Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, — And I didn’t land.”

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Things to be cynical about

Felt right at home at The Cynic’s Sanctuary. Took the test, and surprise, I’m right up there. They’ve also got a list up of 714 things to by cynical about. Here’s my own list:

  1. sincere-looking clients
  2. neighbors
  3. the universe
  4. holidays
  5. holiday music
  6. money
  7. free lunches (they don’t exist)
  8. country music
  9. bigots and homophobes
  10. politicians (that one was easy)

That should keep my cynic-o-meter (pun intended) busy.

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The Horrors of Child Abuse and Other Weird Visuals

Child abuse Some people have no common sense, and this picture is definitely proof of that.

Apart from the clichéed comment about fingers and electrical outlet, this family looks like they’re hosts to a large family of rodents. I have this image of Willard, nibbling on a piece of cheese, saying to his buddies:

“They’ll do anything I tell them.”

It’s not that farfetched, considering the dazed looks on the family’s faces, the woman’s especially.

I stumbled on that picture while surfing the ‘net instead of writing a report for a client. It’s part of the Weird Picture Archives (Humans).

This picture, and others as weird, makes me think that the real aliens live right here, on Earth.

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