Thursday, December 20, 2007

Tempting Fate

UPDATED: The creature emerging is a frilled shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus, thought to be extinct. On January 21, 2007 a specimen was found alive off the coast southwest of Tokyo.

There was a peculiar exclamation uttered by our senior chief auxilaryman on those rare occasions when vital systems went very, very wrong.

Nowhere else in the Navy, or civilian life have I ever heard his 2-word utterance. It was so profoundly profane and colorful in just two words that it origins must surely have been ancient.

Hearing it for the first time in a submarine experiencing vital control problems at a menacing depth would have been highly discomfitting had there been the slightest time to dwell on it.

It sent an evil chill up your spine with a sense of urgency just to hear it. I have never entertained repeating it. The chief got around his subs, so I am certain many others must be familiar with his two-word exclamation.

Reflect on the image in your own dream and perhaps the blasphemous concept will dawn on you. But, why would anyone want to intentionally do that? It is fair to say that most people would never connect the two words in their lifetimes, much less in a single sentence. So, you have the picture and this YouTube:

Primitive Shark



At 21 December, 2007 11:40, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell is that a picture of? I can't tell what that thing insode the "submarine" is, so I can't figure out you're little riddle.

At 21 December, 2007 14:48, Blogger Vigilis said...

Sonarman, now you know what the creature is, but if you had ever heard that vile curse, you would have known the creature is only an unnecessary symbol, not a clue.

At 07 September, 2008 05:34, Blogger SoccerFire said...

Is that a frilled shark in the first picture ;D I've written an article about that shark! If you want here is the article: The Prehistoric Frilled Shark


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