Make Sure Youre Understood
A Colonel issued the following directive to
his Executive Officer: Tomorrow evening at approximately
2000 hours, Haleys Comet will be visible in the area,
an event which occurs only once every 75 years. Have the men
fall out in the battalion area in fatigues, and I will explain
this rare phenomenon to them. In the case of rain , we will
not be able to see anything, so assemble the men in the theater
and I will show films of it.
Executive Officer to Company Commander: By order of
the colonel, tomorrow at 2000 hours, Haleys Comet will
appear above the battalion area. If it rains, fall the men out
in fatigues, then something which occurs only once every 75
Company Commander to Lieutenant: By order of the colonel
in fatigues at 2000 hours tomorrow evening, the phenomenal Haleys
Comet will appear in the theater. In case of rain in the battalion
area, the colonel will give another order, something which occurs
once every 75 years.
Lieutenant to Sergeant: Tomorrow at 2000 hours, the
colonel will appear in the theater with Haleys Comet,
something which happens every 75 years. If it rains, the colonel
will order the Comet into the battalion area.
Sergeant to Squad: When it rains tomorrow at 2000
hours, the phenomenal 75-year-old General Haley, accompanied
by the colonel, will drive his Comet through the battalion area
theater in fatigues.