Not exactly what I said but....
In sickbay with glandular fever as a trainee. Managed to haul my carcass out of bed to go to the heads and drop the patel kids off at the pool.
Dropped the bottoms of my brown hatter's oavies and sat on the bowl to commence operations only to be rudely interrupted by two nurses, What the Fcuk?????
Apparently the light pull switch is for an alarm, not a light.
Not so much a question I asked, but an answer I gave as a New Entry;
Q. What distinguishing marks does an RNR officer wear?
A. They have an R in their ring...... I was then lectured by a very upset S-Lt RNR that the correct term was "curl" while the other instructor, an old and bold CPO Stoker, was unfit for further instruction due to stifled laughter.
Not Navy but still embarrassing. Winter â€™71 at Preston Air Traffic Control RADAR Unit.
Me; pointing to the PPI RADAR display; â€œwhat does that Trip button do?
Daventry Sector Controller; â€œdonâ€™t know. Letâ€™s try itâ€. Screen instantly goes blank and the busiest Sector in the Northern FIR is blind.
That morning, as an ATCO under training, Iâ€™d been left to my own devices in the training room with a RADAR display, to familiarise myself with its controls and operation. After a while, so much noise had accumulated on the display that it was unreadable and nothing I did would make it better. Remembering that the Distance From Touchdown Indicator in the Tower had a â€œresetâ€ button that tidied up the display, I noticed the â€œtripâ€ button and thought â€œah! resetâ€. Wrong! The screen went blank and nothing worked. It was dinner time, so Iâ€™d buggered off for some eats and was to spend the afternoon with the Sectors 1 and 6 Controller. Still puzzling over what Iâ€™d actually done I thought it was a sensible question.
on the road recently, pulled in to a nationally known service station with a branch of an equally well known italian themed coffee chain in it. In rig since I was on my way to a recruiting event, queued up at the counter, hoping to get my 20% discount at the till, ordered my wet and ready to pay, the cashier girls turns round to her oppo and asks:
"does the royal navy get an armed forces discount?"
I know we're known as the silent service, but give me strength!
that is the wonderful world of the general public...