Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Earplugs Swallowed

Reader's Digest (Canadian edition), November, 2008, p. 118.


My army-rescue unit was preparing to go to the range for our annual weapons qualification trial. I was the range safety officer.

After I finished the safety briefing, one young officer raised his hand. "What do I do so the noise won't hurt my ears?" he asked.

I held up a package of earplugs. "Take two of these," I said.

Before I could react, the officer opened the package and swallowed two earplugs. -- Brian Arnold