Wednesday, November 09, 2005


John's post yesterday invites a revision to the threat level joke:
The French government recently announced a raise in its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide". The normal level is "General Arrogance", and the only two higher levels in France are "Surrender" and "Collaborate".
"Impose ineffective curfews" has to be added to the mix somehow.

After this recent report from The Australian, it strikes me that the German version could also be updated:
Employees at Nuzwerk, in the eastern German town of Leipzig, are required to sign a contract binding them to arriving at work in a good mood and leave at home the gripes about colleagues and work conditions.

"We made the ban on moaning and grumpiness at work official after one female employee refused to subscribe to the company's philosophy of always smiling," office manager Thomas Kuwatsch said.

"She used to moan so much that other employees complained about her complaining.

The current version of the joke:
The Germans also increased their alert state from "Disdain" to "Dress in unform and sing marching songs". They have two higher levels: "Invade a neighbour" and "Lose".
Perhaps "disdain" should be changed to "Impose irrational bans."


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