If you overhear your coworkers talking about politics you are prone to learn the following:
- The Russian head of state is named Yetsin.
- Mr. Yetsin should not be bombing Grozny, because he tried the same thing in Afganistan.
- Mr. Yetsin is bombing Chechnya just because it is trying to succeed.
As a card-carrying elitist, I usually find such ignorant water-cooler talk to be amusing. Today, however, I was also treated to the following:
- There is a special provision of the U.S. Constitution which allows a state to succeed from the union if all of the neighboring state agree to it.
This one did not amuse me. Ordinary historical illiteracy just makes me chuckle, but I hate it when people make up totally new sections of the Constitution on the spot. How many copies of the Constitution are there? Just have a grownup teach you to read, pick up one of the 3.72 kazillion free copies of the U.S. Constitution, and thumb through it when discussing relevant issues.
So to all you people on the various secession / Civil War threads, you should just count yourself lucky that you’re not discussing the matter with my coworkers.
Now I open this thread to falderol, bulldinky, hogwash, horsehockey, and fractured facts you have picked up from your coworkers … preferably distinct from urban legends (I’m looking for new and different factoids, not so much the classics).
Any similarity in the above text to an English word or phrase is purely coincidental.