Internet Humour
The following transcript has been passed to me from a couple of different sources, but I believe it ultimately came from the Internet. I can't vouch for its veracity, but it does sound all too typical of relationships between Canadians and Americans. (Being Canadian, I've lots of experience in this area!) -B. Waterhouse
A transcript of an actual radio conversation between a US Navy vessel with Canadian authorities off Newfoundland in October 1995.The radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations.
10 October 1995:
Americans: 'Please divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.'
Canadians: 'Recommended you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.'
Americans: 'This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.'
Canadians: 'NO, I say again, divert YOUR course.'
Americans: 'THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH,THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.'
Canadians: 'This is a lighthouse. Your call.'

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