MD-90
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It's Time To Man The Lifeboats!

Sat Feb 12, 2005 10:14 am

I thought this joke was pretty darn funny, at least with regards to how you can convince an American to do something.

It is related that when the ship was in deep but not obvious distress the captain could not persuade the passengers to man the life boats, so he resulted to cultural remedy.

To the Germans he said, "It is an order."
To the English he said, "It is a game."
To the French he said, "It is sinful."
To the Italians he said, "It is forbidden."
And to the Americans he said, "It is new."
 
theCoz
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RE: It's Time To Man The Lifeboats!

Sat Feb 12, 2005 10:24 am

LOL MD-90, that's so true. But I'm talking about the French!
 
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RE: It's Time To Man The Lifeboats!

Sat Feb 12, 2005 1:22 pm

To the Canadians, he said "please".
 
707CMF
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RE: It's Time To Man The Lifeboats!

Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:24 pm

Which reminds me of a village magistrate who had an announcement to make, but he did not know how to be sure everybody in the village would get the message. Then he had an idea, and gave the message to his wife, asking her to keep the matter secret.

Cheers,

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RE: It's Time To Man The Lifeboats!

Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:30 pm

how 'bout to the Americans "it is patriotic" or "it is every american's duty"

to Canadians "It is polite"
We're gonna do what we like to call a "jetBlue how do you do", which is slang for dumping a bunch of fuel in the ocean
 
707CMF
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RE: It's Time To Man The Lifeboats!

Sat Feb 12, 2005 10:00 pm

Actually, from what I saw while in the US, it would rather be "it's the law".

Cheers,

707
 
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RE: It's Time To Man The Lifeboats!

Sat Feb 12, 2005 10:05 pm

ehhh... not sure I completely agree with the "it's the law" thing, yeah it'd work for some people, but "buckle up...it's the law" never worked very well, nor does it with speed limits, or downloading music, or the like, plus when the florida hurricane hit, some people weren't going to leave their homes unless the cops came in full riot gear.
We're gonna do what we like to call a "jetBlue how do you do", which is slang for dumping a bunch of fuel in the ocean

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