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Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers
in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead battleship and
was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy
fog, so the Captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities.
Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported,
"Light, bearing on the starboard bow."
"Is it steady or moving astern?" the Captain called out.
Lookout replied, "Steady, Captain," which meant we were on a dangerous
collision course with that ship.
The Captain then called to the signalman, "Signal that ship: We are on
a collision course, advise you change course 20 degrees."
Back came a signal "Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees."
In reply, the Captain said, "Send: I'm a Captain, change course 20
"I'm a seaman second class," came the reply, "You had better change
course 20 degrees."
By that time, the Captain was furious. He spit out, "Send: I'm a
battleship, change course 20 degrees."
Back came the flashing light: "I'm a lighthouse!"
We changed course.
-- The Naval Institute's "Proceedings"
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"Ubi non accusator, ibi non judex."
(Where there is no police, there is no speed limit.)
-- Roman Law, trans. Petr Beckmann (1971)
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Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a
just man is also a prison.
-- Henry David Thoreau
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Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some
ordinance under which you can be booked.
-- Robert D. Sprecht, Rand Corp.
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Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.
-- J.K. Galbraith
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Under every stone lurks a politician.
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United Nations, New York, December 25. The peace and joy of the Christmas
season was marred by a proclamation of a general strike of all the military
forces of the world. Panic reigns in the hearts of all the patriots of
every persuasion. Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all-time
low over the world.
-- Isaac Asimov
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Unknown person(s) stole the American flag from its pole in Etra Park sometime
between 3pm Jan 17 and 11:30 am Jan 20. The flag is described as red, white
and blue, having 50 stars and was valued at $40.
-- Windsor-Heights Herald "Police Blotter", Jan 28, 1987
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Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out
twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.
-- H. L. Mencken
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Usually, when a lot of men get together, it's called a war.
-- Mel Brooks, "The Listener"