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  •  I remember one story Russell wrote... (9+ / 0-)

    Where a spaceship crew facing inspection finds that their equipment list includes an "offog," whatever the hell that is.  The captain goes to everyone on board and asks, and no one has the slightest clue.  

    So, being inventive and crafty men, they trick out a box with all kinds of bells and whistles and gewgaws, and when the inspector shows up, they claim that this is the offog and give him some song and dance about what it does.  The inspector nods, checks it off, and goes on his merry way.

    A few months later, to avoid the inconvenience of dealing with the offog situation during their next inspection, the captain includes a casual mention in his report back to base that the offog broke up under gravitation forces, and no longer exists.  Much to his surprise, he receives emergency orders to report back to base to go over the offog situation...

    ...because "offog" was a typo for "off. dog," meaning the ship's canine mascot.

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