Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Poo and Poop of Flight Briefings

Funny story told to me by a friend whose husband is also deployed with the same unit as my boyfriend.

Apparently he was at a flight briefing with another pilot. And the guy giving the briefing kept on saying something that sounded like "the poo." He didn't pay much attention to it until after the briefing, when the other pilot asked him if he noticed the guy kept on saying "the poo." He hadn't really.

So the next flight briefing, the lady giving the briefing once again said "the poo." And this time both guys start cracking up, because they are juvenile and can't help but think that she is saying "poo" the whole time. Finally, he had to ask what she meant by "the poo." To which she replied: Point Of Origin. So he asked: why don't you just say that?

I found this story extremely amusing, because it sort of reminds me of the story Emperor’s New Clothes. For those culturally ignorant among my readers (I am referring to my German readers, who sometimes don’t have a grasp on American culture…and the story I am referring to doesn’t have much notoriety here in Germany), this fairy tale is about an emperor who likes to dress up in pretty clothes. So one day some shysters come to his palace and say they are going to make him some gorgeous clothes out of the most beautiful fabric ever, fabric which is only visible to highly enlightened people. There really is no fabric and no clothes, but everyone pretends to see the clothes being made, because they want to be considered enlightened. And one day the king goes out to parade his new outfit, and a little child, oblivious to the whole story about the clothes only being visible to enlightened people yells out: “Hey, the emperor is nekkid!” And everyone laughs, because it’s the truth.

And that is what I think about some military acronyms. I mean, just because it is a military acronym meaning Point of Origin, like the emperor standing nekkid in the middle of the road, you are still standing in front of a group of soldiers saying “poo.”

Apparently, they are now trying to figure out a definition for the acronym POOP, and are going to try to bring it into briefings. Here are a few suggestions: Principals of Operation, Pre-Owned Office Products…or my personal favorite: People Order Our Patties (Sponge Bob Square Pants.)


Blogger The Girl said...

I still get the "Lesson of the Week" from my husband, to teach me those crazy acronyms :)

8:19 AM  
Blogger SpotlessMind said...

Well, "Des Kaisers neue Kleider" by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most popular fairy tales in Germany and definitely not an orginal part of American culture.

9:00 AM  
Blogger CaliValleyGirl said...


I know the origin of the fairytale is certainly not American, but I have been living here 8 years, and you would be amazed by how many Germans don't know that fairytale...you belong to the exception.

9:07 AM  
Blogger SpotlessMind said...

Yeah, I guess I belong to the old generation where your grandmother would tell you fairy tales before you would go sleeping.

9:21 AM  
Blogger katiedid said...

Heh. "Poo." Funny. I'm just secretly twelve years old still.

3:04 AM  
Blogger erika said...

I knew of all those military acronyms out there, there had to be one that brings out the kid in all of us. Okay, okay, we're all mature adults here, but who honestly couldn't laugh if they were in a military briefing and the person talking kept saying "the POO." They HAVE to be aware of the flippancy of that acronym, don't they?? If I had to talk about "the POO," I certainly couldn't keep a straight face. Too funny.

12:58 AM  

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