Old Sailors' Almanac


Week 35, 2019

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Germany invades Poland on September 01, 1939

Germany invades Poland on September 01, 1939

Germany invades Poland: On this day in 1939, German forces bombard Poland on land and from the air, as Adolf Hitler seeks to regain lost territory and ultimately rule Poland. World War II had begun.

The German invasion of Poland was a primer on how Hitler intended to wage war–what would become the “blitzkrieg” strategy. This was characterized by extensive bombing early on to destroy the enemy’s air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps, followed by a massive land invasion with overwhelming numbers of troops, tanks, and artillery. Once the German forces had plowed their way through, devastating a swath of territory, infantry moved in, picking off any remaining resistance.

Once Hitler had a base of operations within the target country, he immediately began setting up “security” forces to annihilate all enemies of his Nazi ideology, whether racial, religious, or political. Concentration camps for slave laborers and the extermination of civilians went hand in hand with German rule of a conquered nation. For example, within one day of the German invasion of Poland, Hitler was already setting up SS “Death’s Head” regiments to terrorize the populace.

The Polish army made several severe strategic miscalculations early on. Although 1 million strong, the Polish forces were severely under-equipped and attempted to take the Germans head-on with horsed cavaliers in a forward concentration, rather than falling back to more natural defensive positions. The outmoded thinking of the Polish commanders coupled with the antiquated state of its military was simply no match for the overwhelming and modern mechanized German forces. And, of course, any hope the Poles might have had of a Soviet counter-response was dashed with the signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Nonaggression Pact.

Great Britain would respond with bombing raids over Germany three days later

History.com / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / USHMM.org / Smithsonian / Germany invades Poland on September 01, 1939 (YouTube) video

Atlanta is evacuated on September 01, 1864

Atlanta is evacuated on September 01, 1864

Atlanta is evacuated: In preparation for his march to the sea, Union General William T. Sherman orders residents of Atlanta, Georgia, to evacuate the city.

Even though Sherman had just successfully captured Atlanta with minimal losses, he was worried about his supply lines, which stretched all the way to Louisville, Kentucky. With Confederate cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest on the loose, Sherman expected to have a difficult time maintaining an open line of communication and reasoned that he could not stay in Atlanta for long. The number of troops committed to guarding the railroad and telegraph lines was almost as many as he had with him in Atlanta.

For Sherman, the defeated residents of Atlanta could only hinder him in his preparations since they represented mouths to feed in addition to his own army. Furthermore, he did not want to bear responsibility for women and children in the midst of his army. Eviction of the residents was Sherman’s most logical solution. He wrote, “I have deemed it to the interest of the United States that the citizens now residing in Atlanta should remove, those who prefer it to go South, and the rest North.”

The mayor of Atlanta, James Calhoun, protested, but Sherman curtly replied, “War is cruelty and you cannot refine it.” The general provided transportation south of the city, where the refugees would be let loose near the defeated army of Confederate General John Bell Hood. Between September 11 and 16 some 446 families, about 1,600 people, left their homes and possessions. One young Atlanta woman, Mary Gay, lamented bitterly that her fellow citizens “were dumped out upon the cold ground without shelter and without any of the comforts of home.” They had only the “cold charity of the world.”

Sherman’s order surely didn’t win him any fans among the Southerners, but he was only starting to build his infamous reputation with the Confederates. In November, he embarked on his march to the sea, during which his army destroyed nearly everything that lay in its path.

History.com / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / Library of Congress / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Atlanta is evacuated on September 01, 1864 (YouTube) video

Understanding Military Terminology: Scout of Many Trails (Sea Scout and Boy Scout look at globe with old sailor) ~ Norman Rockwell

Understanding Military Terminology - National Disaster Medical System

(DOD) A coordinated partnership between Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Defense, and Veterans Affairs established for the purpose of responding to the needs of casualties of a public health emergency. Also called NDMS.

Joint Publications (JP 3-41) Doctrine for the Armed Forces of the United States

“Sea Dreams”

The Old Salt’s Corner

“Sea Dreams” (Part VI)

“Ah, dearest, if there be

A devil in man, there is an angel too,

And if he did that wrong you charge him with,

His angel broke his heart.

But your rough voice

(You spoke so loud) has roused the child again.

Sleep, little birdie, sleep! will she not slee

Without her “little birdie?” well then, sleep,

And I will sing you “birdie.” ”

Saying this,

The woman half turn'd round from him she loved,

Left him one hand, and reaching thro' the night

Her other, found (for it was close beside)

And half embraced the basket cradle-head

With one soft arm, which, like the pliant bough

That moving moves the nest and nestling, sway'd

The cradle, while she sang this baby song.

What does the little birdie say

In her nest at peep of day?

Let me fly, says little birdie,

Mother, let me fly away.

Birdie, rest a little longer,

Till the little wings are stronger.

So she rests a little longer,

Then she flies away.

What does little baby say,

In her bed at peep of day?

Baby says, like little birdie,

Let me rise and fly away.

Baby, sleep a little longer,

Till the little limbs are stronger.

If she sleeps a little longer,

Baby too shall fly away.

“She sleeps: let us too, let all evil, sleep.

He also sleeps - another sleep than ours.

He can do no more wrong: forgive him, dear,

And I shall sleep the sounder!”

Then the man,

“His deeds yet live, the worst is yet to come.

Yet let your sleep for this one night be sound:

I do forgive him!”

“Thanks, my love,” she said,

“Your own will be the sweeter,” and they slept.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Part VI of VI)

Full Poem

“I’m Just Sayin’”

“I’m Just Sayin”

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

“Our task must be to free ourselves…

by widening our circle of compassion

to embrace all living creatures

and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Knowledge is limited.

Imagination encircles the world.”

~ Albert Einstein

“Thought for the Day”

“Thought for the Day”

“A society is defined not only by what it creates

but also what it refuses to destroy.”

~ John C. Sawhill

“What I Have Learned”

“What I Learned”

“The only thing in life achieved without effort is failure.”

“The only perfect lie is one that even the liar don't know the answer to.”

or (“The perfect lie is one that can even deceive the liar.”)

“The things we remember best are those better forgotten.”

~ Anonymous

Second Hand News

Second Hand News (Links to Articles from Week 35 - August 26, 2019 - September 01, 2019)

Top News Stories - Photos (Washington Examiner) DOJ inspector general condemns Comey memo leak to 'force' a special counselDOJ inspector general: Comey 'violated' FBI rules'Disgraced and excoriated': Trump lambastes Comey following IG reportSchumer vows to overturn Trump rollback of methane regulations

Editor's Picks: 'Unpredictable' Hurricane Dorian keeps looking worse for FloridaU.S. Space Command launches, the next step to realizing Trump’s dream of a Space ForcePence defends Bible at VA hospitals, vows they 'will not be religion-free zones'Alex Trebek finished chemotherapy and is 'back at work' for 36th Jeopardy! season Washington Examiner

Top News Stories - Photos (Daily Mail) 'He should be ashamed of himself!' Donald Trump calls out 'thoroughly disgraced' James Comey as fired FBI chief is officially rebuked for leaking memos about their meetings - and GLOATS as Bill Barr's Justice Department declines to prosecuteDonald Trump calls MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell a liar following retraction of story that claimed Russian oligarchs co-signed his bank loansU.S. citizenship will no longer be automatic for some children born to military members or government workers stationed abroad under new policy change

DEMOCRATS: Joe Biden tells FALSE war story during campaign event about giving a reluctant hero Navy captain a Silver Star in Afghanistan and gives 'my word as a Biden' as he calls his tale 'God's truth' and gets nearly every detail wrongIlhan Omar is accused of illegally using campaign cash to pay for her 'lover' to travel with her - as she DENIES she's dating outside her marriage despite claims by aide's estranged wifeCalifornia's homeless crisis engulfs its capital as Sacramento's business owners tell how they confront naked junkies and streets covered in feces, urine and syringes - with no solution in sight

NASA releases ISS footage of Hurricane Dorian churning over the Atlantic as forecasters warn the storm is set to strengthen to a monster Category 4 and batter Florida with 130MPH winds on Labor DayU.S. launched a cyber attack on Iran to destroy computer systems that Tehran was using to target oil tankers in the Gulf Rare footage reveals never-before-seen details of China's J-20 stealth fighter that's set to rival the US F-22 jet Daily Mail UK

Top News Stories - Photos (John Batchelor) Huawei is mortal, says Huawei. audio

Hong Kong regains the moral high ground & What is to be done? audio

Mifsud in London, Man of Mystery. audio

The media-Democrat “collusion narrative”, which paints Donald Trump as a cat’s paw of Russia, is a studiously crafted illusion. audio   2 of 4. audio   3 of 4. audio   4 of 4. audio John Batchelor (08/24/2019)

CORRUPTION CHRONICLES - Mainstream Media Scream: (Watch Dog On-Line Publications) CORRUPTION CHRONICLES: Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit against Santa Clara County Sanctuary City Policy that Enabled Illegal Alien to Kill an American Citizen‘Investigating the Investigators:’ Majority of Federal Arrestees are Foreigners, Thousands of “Unknown Citizenship”Obama Judge Rules Medicaid Must Pay for Transgender Sex Reassignment Surgery

NEW Docs Show Nellie Ohr Sent Anti-Trump Dirt to Top DOJ Official Working Under Bruce OhrJudicial Watch Asking for Deposition of Hillary ClintonThe Untold Story of the Awan Bros/House Democrats I.T. Scandal Judicial Watch

What caused Pangaea to break apart?

Mr. Answer Man Please Tell Us: What caused Pangaea to break apart?

There's another way to look at this question. People tend to think in terms of supercontinents forming and then breaking up again due to convection currents in the mantle, hot material rising and causing rifts in weaker spots, possibly in old sutures where the continents were shoved together—but what is really happening is that ocean basins are opening and closing, and the ocean has an active role in subduction.

The opening and closing of an ocean basin is called a Wilson Cycle. It begins when hot material rising from the mantle stretches the overlying crust. As molten material rises, a rift is formed. The rift is widened as material continues to squeeze into it. If that rifting goes on long enough, through a broad enough swath of a continent, ocean water will eventually flow into it, and an ocean basin begins to form. The upwelling of hot material will continue to rise through that thinner area of crust, pushing the plates apart. The Atlantic Ocean is an example of a basin that is well along in the Wilson Cycle; eventually subduction is going to begin at its margins, and the whole shebang will pivot.

This will happen because at the edge of continents, sediments accumulate. The weight of those sediments, combined with the weight of the water, drives the heavier, denser edge of the oceanic plate under the continental crust, which is fatter and lighter. Eventually subduction begins, and the basin begins to close again. The Pacific Ocean is an example of a basin that's closing.

If you look at a map of the oceanic rift zones, you'll notice that the one in the Atlantic is pretty much in the middle of that ocean, but the Pacific rift zone has been pulled all the way over to North America above Central America. Subduction is actively occurring on all margins of that plate.

What caused Pangaea to break apart?

The simple picture is that the continents are moving toward each other across the Pacific Ocean while the Atlantic Basin continues to widen. The truth is more complicated. When plates subduct, the water in the crust lowers the melting point of those rocks, so partial melting occurs. The partially melted material begins to rise through the overlying rocks, because it's less dense, and decompression melting occurs. Eventually, the upwelling of hot material forms plutons and volcanoes above the subduction zones. Fore-arc and Back-arc basins can form. As the oceanic crust is pulled under the continental plate, island chains and other chunky bits get sutured to the edge of the continent along with sediments, making it larger. Our world is ~4.6 billion years old, so our continents are really large, now. They're unlikely to rift through the ancient cratons that formed their hearts.

What will happen if subduction begins on the Eastern side of North America before the Pacific Basin closes? The margin next to California is a transform fault; it’s not subducting. Will it eventually push itself under that part of North America again, or will the transform zone get bigger? The hot spot that was driving the ancient Farallon Plate under North America was eventually overridden by the southwestern states (Arizona, New Mexico, etc.) forming a rift zone. Will it continue to rift or poop out?

There are computer models predicting what supercontinent may form next. They will continue to change as our understanding of tectonic processes gets more accurate.

Encyclopedia BritannicaLive ScienceQuoraUnited States Geological Survey.govWikipediaWhat caused Pangaea to break apart? (YouTube Search) video

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang - U.S. Navy

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang

Forecastle: (Pronounced “foc-sull”) Forward most part of a ship.

Forecastle zoo: Game of naming everything on the forecastle which has an animal name, e.g. “Bull nose”, “Wildcat”, “Pelican hook”, “rat guard, rat lines”, “deck Apes”.

Foc's'le Follies: A gathering of all the aviators in the airwing in the carrier's foc's'le (forecastle). The CAG, ship's CO, and battle group admiral are also usually invited and present. The “official” reason for this event is to hand out awards to the top aviators. The most enjoyable parts are the “roll calls” from each squadron, and the skits that two or three of the squadrons perform. If the roll call or the skit fails to amuse the rest of the airwing, the offending squadron is booed and belittled mercilessly. Follies are held about every 6 to 8 weeks while on deployment.

FM: Frequency modulation, or Fucking Magic, sometimes referred to as the FM Principle.

FNG: Fuckin' New Guy - self-explanatory.

FOAD: Cronym, Fuck Off And Die, traditional response to MARF see below.

FOD: Foreign Object Damage. Caused by Foreign Object Debris, such as nuts, bolts, or anything that could be sucked into a jet engine, damaging it. At aviation commands, FOD can also describe a worthless individual, i.e. “If Airman Smith isn't in this shop in 5 minutes, write that piece of FOD up.”

FOD Walk Down: A periodic, organized search on an aircraft carrier flight deck or hangar deck looking for debris that a jet engine might ingest. The OIC of this evolution is sometimes referred to as “the FOD-father”.

Four (4) by Eight (8) Watch: The worst watch section to be in because one's first watch is 0400 to 0800, then one works one's duty station until 1600, followed by second watch 1600 to 2000, every day. Note, on some ships, the 0400-0800 is the 0400-0700, see "Seven to forever" below.

Fourballs: Midnight, entered as 0000 when writing logs; The "Fourballs watch" is midnight to 0600 when underway on a submarine, using a 3 person x 6 hour shift, 18 hour rotation "day" for each watchstation. Most engineering daily chores are performed on the 0000 watch, after which one is relieved at 0530 for chow, followed by drills at 0700, chow at 1200, followed by drill review at 1300, collateral duties at 1500, chow at 1700, followed by the 1800 watch; a very long “day” underwater - 24+ hours. The Sub equivalent to the Four by Eight watch mentioned above.


Just for MARINES - The Few. The Proud.

Just for you MARINE

Flak Jacket: Antiquated term for ballistic vest or body armor.

Flak and Kevlar: Used when referring to body armor and a helmet respectively (the standard US Military issued helmet is made out of kevlar).

Float: Deployment aboard ship.

Float Widow: Unfaithful wife of a Marine or Sailor deployed aboard a ship. a.k.a. Med Float Widow..

FMC: Fully Mission Capable, refers to equipment such as aircraft that need no repairs and are fully capable of their intended mission.

FMF or Fleet: Fleet Marine Force, the operational forces of the Corps, as opposed to reserve or supporting establishment.

FMTU: Foreign Military Training Unit.

FNG: Fucking New Guy, derogatory term for a Marine recently graduated recruit training and new to a unit. It has far and wide been replaced by the term “boot”.


Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

VT-21 Training Squadron (VT-21) - nicknamed the “Redhawks”

United States Navy - Naval Air Station - Kingsville, Texas in Kleberg County - Navy Region Southeast, Training Air Wing Two: 1942 - present.

Where Did That Saying Come From

Where Did That Saying Come From?

Where Did That Saying Come From? “You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs”

You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs:

 Meaning: When you try to do something great, you'll probably make a few people annoyed or angry. Don't worry about those people; just focus on the good results.

History: Attributed to Lenin, but the Russian phrase for this is literally “to chop down a forest, splinters will fly” (“lyes rubyat, shchepki letyat”) - so what made this become a culinary reference in English?

Oxford Dictionary of Quotes says is that it is a proverb, mid-19th century

“On ne fait pas d'omelette sans casser des oeufs [or On ne peut pas faire des omelettes sans casser les oeufs]”

˜ Robespierre and Napoleon

“We are walking upon eggs, and whether we tread East or tread West, the omelet wiil not be made without breaking of some.”

˜ T.P. Thompson, Audi Alteram Partem, 1859

“My dear Miss Flora, you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs”, said I.

˜ R.L. Stevenson, St. Ives, 1894


Bizarre News (we couldn’t make up stuff this good – real news story)

Bizarre News (we couldn’t make up stuff this good – real news story)

Navy Plans to Document UFO Sightings, But Keep Them Confidential

Navy Plans to Document UFO Sightings, But Keep Them Confidential

Extraterrestrials, take note: The U.S. Navy plans to set up an official reporting and investigative system that will monitor reports from its pilots about unidentified flying objects.

But while this “X-Files”-worthy operation sounds newsy, don't expect to hear details about it anytime soon. The Navy doesn't intend to make the data public, citing the privileged and classified information that these reports usually include, according to The Washington Post.

“Military aviation safety organizations always retain reporting of hazards to aviation as privileged information in order to preserve the free and honest prioritization and discussion of safety among aircrew," Joe Gradisher, a spokesman for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, told The Washington Post. [7 Things Most Often Mistaken for UFOs]

In fact, beyond the announcement that the Navy is setting up this UFO-reporting procedure, “no release of information to the general public is expected”, Gradisher said.

The upcoming procedure comes in the wake of other government-related UFO news. In late 2017, word came out that the Pentagon had a secret “UFO” office that spent $22 million over five years to study strange and threatening aeronautical events. Although funding for the venture, called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), ended in 2012, the program didn't entirely stop, according to those reports.

When news of AATIP became public in 2017, the Defense Department released two declassified videos, which showed pilots talking about a bizarre aircraft that appeared to accelerate quickly, even though it had no recognizable means of propulsion. These aircraft, which looked like blobs on the video, could allegedly drive thousands of feet in an instant.

Navy Plans to Document UFO Sightings, But Keep Them Confidential

By creating this new program, the Navy hopes to destigmatize any reporting associated with incidents that involve UFOs, which could, after all, be militarized aircraft from other parts of the world.

“There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years," the Navy told Politico, which broke the story. "For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.”

The public may get a whiff of these incidents eventually, although the details may be scarce. For instance, perhaps unclassified parts, broad overviews or statistics about the number of sightings could be released, Luis Elizondo, an intelligence officer who ran AATIP before leaving the Pentagon, told The Washington Post.

“If it remains strictly within classified channels, then the 'right person' may not actually get the information”, Elizondo said. “The right person doesn't necessarily mean a military leader. It can be a lawmaker. It can be a whole host of different individuals.”

The government is making a smart move by announcing its intentions to formally document and analyze these UFOs, said Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in Mountain View, California.

“It will make everybody happy because it sounds like a move toward transparency,” said Seth Shostak

With this announcement, the Navy benefits not only because it will formally investigate these strange sightings, which may well be reconnaissance or enemy aircraft from other nations; the Navy is also winning a nod from the roughly two-thirds of Americans who think that the government isn't divulging everything it knows about extraterrestrials and UFOs, said Shostak, citing a 2002 study on attitudes about aliens.

That said, the government probably isn't formalizing this program because it's looking for E.T.

“The military is interested in this stuff not because they think that Klingons are sailing in the skies, but i think because maybe they think the Chinese or the Russians are sailing through the skies”, Shostak said.

Gallery of Curiosity Rover's 'UFO' Photos

Top 10 Alien Encounters Debunked

UFO Quiz: What's Really Out There

Live Science (05/02/2019) video

© CEASAR CHOPPY by cartoonist Marty Gavin - archives Ceasar Choppy's Navy! “© CEASAR CHOPPY” by Marty Gavin


“When You Walk In The Room” - Jackie DeShannon 1963

“When You Walk In The Room” - Jackie DeShannon
Album: The Very Best Of Jackie DeShannon
Released 1963 video

When You Walk In The Roomvideo is an uptempo composition by a youthful Jackie DeShannon has one of the most recognisable riffs of the 1960s, on a par with “Smoke on the Watervideo.

A massive hit that has been covered by many artists from

The Searchers video

Agnetha Fältskog video

Status Quo video

Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles video

The original version of “When You Walk In The Roomvideo was released on the Liberty label November 23, 1963 as the B-side of “Till You Say You'll Be Minevideo. Produced by Dick Glasser, it runs to 2 minutes 35 seconds, and might have been buried because the day before its release the President of the United States was assassinated, and the day after it was released, the assassin was assassinated.

These two events would spawn a large number of songs including the contemporary “In The Summer Of His Yearsvideo and later “Dallas 1pmvideo and “Jack Rubyvideo to begin with. Fortunately, the Kennedy Assassination did not completely drown out all other news, and the song was picked up on the other side of the Atlantic.

The September 1964 cover by The Searchers which was backed by “I'll Be Missing Youvideo and reached #3 on the UK chart, #35 in the U.S.

In an October 2001 interview with Ken Paulson, Jackie DeShannon said it was still one of her favorites, a show opener, and timeless:

“I think we all have that spark when somebody walks in the room that we feel an emotional tie. That's how we feel.”

Jackie DeShannon, official website / Country Music Hall of Fame / Billboard / All Music / Song Facts / Jackie DeShannon

Image: “The Very Best Of Jackie DeShannon (album)” by Jackie DeShannon



● From February 24 to March 6, 1836, 180 people, including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, were killed at which chapel?

Answer to Trivia

● There are four U.S. state names whose only vowel is “A”. One is Alaska. Identify the other three.

Answer to Trivia

● The largest artery in the human body helps carry blood from the heart throughout the body. What is it?

Answer to Trivia

● Words beginning with “H”: a. As a mineral, salt is known by this name b. A word meaning an extravagant exaggeration, such as “dying with laughter”.

Answer to Trivia


A Test for People Who Know Everything

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE 'STAR'S & 'STRIPE'S” ($200)

“Facing forward, it's a boat's right-hand side.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer National Ocean Atmospheric Administration NOAA.gov

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE 'STAR'S & 'STRIPE'S” ($400)

“Fashion pattern used in certain suits or by a team very familiar with winning pennants.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer SB Nation

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE 'STAR'S & 'STRIPE'S” ($1.000)

“If you're an L.A. County health career junior volunteer, you have this tasty job.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Medical University of South Carolina.org

Answer to Last Week's Test

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “ELECTRICITY” ($200)

“The whiskers don't do the shocking on the electric type of this fish; it has specialized bio-electric organs.”

● Answer: A Catfish. Encyclopedia Britannica

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “ELECTRICITY” ($600)

“Luigi Galvani got a dead frog to twitch by touching metal to these during an electrical storm.”

● Answer: Nerves. Merck Manuals

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “ELECTRICITY” ($1.000)

“Rubber casings around copper wiring act as one of these retardants of electricity.”

● Answer: An Insulator. >Wikipedia

Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day

“A Very Shy Guy goes into a Bar and Sees a Beautiful Woman”

Joke of the Day

“A Very Shy Guy goes into a Bar and Sees a Beautiful Woman”

A very shy guy goes into a bar and sees a beautiful woman sitting at the bar.

After an hour of gathering up his courage he finally goes over to her and asks, tentatively, “Um, would you mind if I chatted with you for a while?”

She responds by yelling, at the top of her lungs, “No, I won't sleep with you tonight!”

Everyone in the bar is now staring at them. Naturally, the guy is hopelessly and completely embarrassed and he slinks back to his table.

After a few minutes, the woman walks over to him and apologizes.

She smiles at him and says, “I'm sorry if I embarrassed you. You see, I'm a graduate student in psychology and I'm studying how people respond to embarrassing situations.”

To which he responds, at the top of his lungs, “What do you mean $200?”