This item from my local Metro News made me laugh till the tears ran down my leg! .............. According to the Canadian Press, the inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, abbreviated to: - "Wash. Biol. Surv." - until the agency received the following letter from a Newfoundland Hunter:
Dear Sirs, While out hunting last week, I shot one of your birds. I think it was a crow. I followed the cooking instructions on the leg tag and I want to tell you, it was horrible.
The bands are now marked "Fish and Wildlife Service". ....................
It's probably not genuine but it just appealed to my sense of humor:o)
I've been also caught out but with an acronym:- ROM (Always thought it meant Read Only Memory being an engineer). In the proposal I was reading it seemed to make some sense but on querying it I was told that it was Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM).This is Bean counter talk for we havn't a clue what it costs.
...I once worked for a retired Commander RN who claimed that it was he who wrote to My Lords Commissioners pointing out that Admiralty Signals & Radar Establishment (ASRE) might be a more suitable name for the Navy's new high-tech research establishment than Admiralty Radar & Signals Establishment, which was the name originally proposed.
He told me that his framed memo hung for years in a corridor at the Admiralty but I don't know how true that was.