The Occasional Joke

Nurse: Patient's name?

Centurion: Marcus Licinius Crassus

Nurse: And his date of birth?

Centurion: 115 BC.

Nurse: All right. And what is he here for?

Centurion: Cataphract surgery.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Naval Nomenclature

Linda and I were reading in the sunlight yesterday, about Picasso and the role of naval power in the Mediterranean, respectively, and in the course of trading snippets of what we encounter (as is our wont,) came up with the following footnote to the course of military taxonomy.

Apparently the British had trouble thinking of good names for all their destroyers. My book mentioned, among many others, HMS Lookout, obviously one of the famous "Warning" class, which also included HMS Holy Shit, HMS Duck and Cover, HMS AIEEEE, and HMS Hey, guys, watch this!