Unhelpful warnings

Subject: Unhelpful warnings
From: "Jonathan West" <jwest -at- mvps -dot- org>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 12:15:16 +0000

I've recently been re-reading "Most Secret War", the wartime
autobiography of RV Jones, who was head of Air Scientific Intelligence
in London during WW2. In the first chapter he describes some of the
stories told him by his tutor at Oxford, TC Keeley.

Keeley had been at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough
during WW1. On one occasion, a bomb factory had changed the way they
packed their bombs into crates, so that one day, a crate arrived at
Farnborough bearing the following notice.

"Caution! The bombs in this crate are packed in a different manner
from that formerly used. Compared to the old methods the bombs are now
packed upside down, and the crate must therefore be opened at the
bottom. To prevent confusion, the bottom has been labelled 'Top'."

Jonathan West

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