Know when to yield . . .
The following is often presented as a conversation between the American
Lincoln and a Canadian officer.
Canadian: “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.”
Americans: “Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.”
Canadians: “Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.”
Americans: “This is the captain of a US navy ship. I say again, divert your course.”
Canadians: “No. I say again, you divert your course.”
Americans: “This is the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees north, I say again, that's one five degrees north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.”
Canadians: “This is a lighthouse. Your call.”
Note, this story is lots of fun and instructive, but untrue, see snopes.com: Lighthouse and Aircraft Carrier
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