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Pin drop Silence

Some truly great true situations that produced the proverbial 'pin
drop silence'. Read on...

*When in England attending a large conference, Colin Powell was
asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just
an example of 'empire building' by George Bush.
He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent
many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for
freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever
asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.*
*You could have heard a pin drop*

> ------------------------------ ----------------------------------------------
Then there was a conference in France at which a number of
international engineers were taking part, including French and
American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into
the room saying 'Have you heard the latest of Bush's dumb stunts? He
has sent an > aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami
victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?'
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have
three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they
are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several
thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they
carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and
the injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such
ships; how many does France have?'*
*You could have heard a pin drop*

*A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that
included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and
French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself in amongst
a large group of officers including personnel from most of these
countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their
drinks till a French Admiral complained, 'Whereas Europeans learn
many languages, Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why
is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences
rather than speaking French?'
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because
the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you
wouldn't have to speak German.'
*You could have heard a pin drop.*

*A group of American retired teachers, recently visited France.
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived with the group at
Charles de Gaulle in Paris. At French Customs, he took a few minutes
to locate his passport in his carry on baggage. 'You have been
France before, monsieur?' the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. 'Then
you should know enough to have your passport ready.' The American
said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it.'
'Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on
arrival in France !' The American senior gave the Frenchman a long
hard look. Then he quietly explained. 'Well, when I came ashore at
Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn't
find any damn Frenchmen to show it to.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

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