[TAG] Department of Homeland Security funding Open Source projects
jimregan at o2.ie
Sun Feb 19 20:01:08 MSK 2006
Benjamin A. Okopnik wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 19, 2006 at 10:45:58AM -0500, Lew Pitcher wrote:
>> On February 19, 2006 04:46, Benjamin A. Okopnik wrote:
>>> Farley Mowatt, in his "The Boat Who Wouldn't Float", relates a story
>>> about the train that runs (well, perhaps "runs" is far too athletic a
>>> term) across Newfoundland, from Port aux Basques to St. John's. The
>>> locals, in their fine humorous spirit, have nicknamed this fleet
>>> creature - which has been known to take four weeks to cross this
>>> 500-mile stretch - "The Newfoundland Bullet".
>> Sadly, the Newfie Bullet was discontinued in 1988. It was supplanted by the
>> Newfoundland leg of the Trans-Canada Highway, and (outside of a
>> historical/cultural POV) was no longer necessary by the early '70s.
> Oh, I don't know about "no longer necessary"... in 1965, the year after
> the forced retirement of Khruschev, the citizens of Odessa petitioned
> the Soviet government to reinstate The Great Peasant . When asked
> why, they replied "better two years without bread than a year without
I found a page of Russian jokes the other day. Quite a lot of Stalin
Stalin was giving a speech, when someone in the audience sneezed. Stalin
stopped, and looked at the audience.
No-one answered. Stalin pointed at a man in the front row.
The guards complied, the audience began to shake.
Still, no-one answered. Stalin pointed at a man in the fourth row.
Again, the guard complied. Some members of the audience began to sob
Slowly, a man in one of the back rows began to rise, shivering.
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