Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Canadian Lighthouse


Los Angeles Times
15 March 2008

Top of the Ticket

The Director of National Intelligence opens up to students

Mark Silva

[Mark McConnell, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, opened his speech at a recent symposium at Johns Hopkins University with a familiar joke about a naval ship's radio conversation with a lighthouse. He claimed it was a true story: "I was in the signals intelligence business where you listen to the people talk and so on. This is true. It's an actual recording."]

Lewis and Faye Copeland, 10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories. Garden City, NY: Garden City Books, 1940, p. 691.


The fog was very thick, and the Chief Officer of the tramp steamer was peering over the side of the bridge. Suddenly, to his intense surprise, he saw a man leaning over a rail, only a few yards away.

"You confounded fool!" he roared. "Where the devil do you think your ship's going? Don't you know I've got the right of way?"

"Out of the gloom came a sardonic voice:

"This ain't no blinkin' ship, guv'nor. This 'ere's a light'ouse!"