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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Old Technology Trumps New

Earlier today, I was telling my family about a story I remember reading back in my hometown newspaper about 20-25 years ago. It seems that at this amusement park somewhere in the South, the most popular ride was called "The Whirl" -- it was some sort of rotating contraption. The story went that the ride seized up just before Christmas break, which was one of the park's most busy times. The local mechanics looked at the ride, but couldn't figure out what was wrong; so, the company called the original manufacturer, who sent out a technician, who I think was named "Joey".
Anyway, Joey showed up, and could tell immediately what the problem was -- they had been using a new synthetic lubricant for the rotating gears. He said that the new stuff would break down in less than half the time of the lubricant called for in the specs: animal fat. So, he told the park management to get about 50 pounds of lard, and he'd get it up and running in no time.
While they sent someone out to find that, he took the time to check out the other equipment in the park that his company had made. The animal fat came back sooner than expected, and the park manager was frantic to get "The Whirl" back up and running. "Where's Joey?", he asked. No one knew, so he went to the park's PA system and made an announcement:

"Joey, to The Whirl -- the lard has come!"


Blogger SonarMan said...

(groan) That was freakin' lame. LAME LAME LAME! They should take away your blogger liscense.

11/20/2006 8:50 AM

Anonymous Unkawill said...

I thought the joke was funny.
Thanks Joel

11/20/2006 9:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son is a CT1 (Chinese) assigned TDY to the 'Iron Gator'.

I'll tell him submarine guys are telling these jokes; hopefully that'll keep him from volunteering for sub duty. :-)

That joke was baaaad ! Do you sub dudes torture each other with these !? LOL !!

11/20/2006 11:49 AM

Anonymous ew-3 said...

Way too much knowledge about your son. (EW == CTT in the current Navy)

11/20/2006 12:58 PM

Blogger SonarMan said...

Anonymous, yes, we do torture each other - not only with bad jokes, but in every other way imaginable. It's part of the job description.

11/20/2006 2:11 PM

Blogger WillyShake said...


11/20/2006 4:30 PM

Blogger Chap said...

[insert clever wordplay rhyming with "let earth receive her king" here]

11/21/2006 1:49 AM

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