[ExI] de-fonding memories in the pursuit of accuracy, was: european history: was two years in the slammer for blammisphy?

Tomasz Rola rtomek at ceti.pl
Thu May 13 23:37:27 UTC 2010

On Thu, 13 May 2010, spike wrote:

> > ...On Behalf Of BillK
> > ...
> > My father was manager in coal mine back when the UK still had 
> > a mining industry...He kicked 
> > at one of the old wooden props, then said 'These poles are no 
> > damn good!'. Unfortunately he was overheard by a Polish coal 
> > miner and he had a lot of explaining to do to defuse the situation.
> > 
> > Now explain the joke to Tamaz! BillK
> BillK, that is a perfect example of what I am talking about.  From this
> perspective, the story is interesting and funny.  At the time, your father
> was likely distressed and unhappy about it.
> I was a feedback controls specialist at Lockheed.  Sooner or later, someone
> will come up with some version of a tired old Nyquist gag: when on travel,
> never let Stanislaw or Czcibor sit on the starboard side, make them go to
> port.  Otherwise the aircraft will go unstable and crash, for you would have
> poles in the right half of the plane.  If they insist on that side, get a
> manager and an HR lead to sit beside them, so then you have pole/zero
> cancellation and all is well.

I think both jokes are cool (especially that I am relaxed and cool 
myself). The only "Polish joke" that made me feel uneasy (so far) was the 
one in which some media moghul (Ted Turner? Ted Bundy?) showed his leg in 
TV and said we (Poles) had been using it as mine detector during WW2. Or 
something equally stupid. He probably went unnoticed in US, but here in 
Poland he had his five minutes of bad publicity (I am sure a lot of 
people still remember this). He may be wealthy, but he made a nut of 

> If you don't get it, consider yourself normal.

So I am not quite normal...

Tomasz Rola

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