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Old 09-17-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Question Aircraft Carrier

During the second world war on a foggy day, the Americans and British had the following conversation:

Americans: "Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision."

British: "Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision."

Americans: "This is the Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States' Atlantic fleet. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees north or counter measures will be taken."

The British were unarmed and did not move. What made the Americans change their minds?



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Old 09-19-2010   #2 (permalink)
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Okay then. It's all opened. This is a "moldy oldie", so I suspect most of you knew the answer anyway.
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Boat vs Land, classic, but old good one!
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Old 09-21-2010   #4 (permalink)
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The Official Answer

The British were in a lighthouse.
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