Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Belarus and Spinal Tap

A couple of random anecdotes from the past week or two.

1. A couple of weeks ago when Rita was bearing down on Houston (etc) a friend remarked that meteorologists were forced to reclassify Rita. It was larger than a Category 5 so they called it a monster. See this is bad science. If there are categories for hurricanes you really need to have one that encompasses all kinds of hurricanes. Seriously, just make there be a Category 6. For instance maybe Category 6 is a hurricane that is so giantic that it causes the earth to spin against its own axis. You can't have something that's beyond the Category system. Reminds me of the scene from Spinal Tap. This one goes to 11. Why don't you make 10 higher... Same thought.

2. My coworker answers the phone, "Belden, Russonello and Stewart" and gets this perplexed look on her face. Finally after a few slowly spoken sentences she says, "I'm pretty sure you have the wrong number." She hangs up and begins laughing uncontrollably. Turns out the caller was asking for the Belarus Embassay. I guess it's not that hard to confuse Beldon, Russonello and Stewart with Belarus...and I'm pretty sure that BRS (our abbreviation is the same as that for Belarus).

No comments: