WHAT NOT TO SEND TO IRAQ
Thanksgiving Dinner in a Bag
Last Thanksgiving, we were told about a lovely and hardworking person who cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner for her adopted unit. Then she spent three days sealing it up using one of those "seal-a-meal" gadgets and packed it all up and mailed it to Iraq.
She posted step-by-step directions on our forum about how to do it, and confidently explained that "germs can't grow without air", so it was perfectly safe.
My God, I thought, we just committed biological war-fare against the United States Army. The FBI must be coming over right now! In a panic, I posted urgent messages telling people not to do this, and begged anyone who knew where it was sent to email the unit and tell them not to eat the stuff.
I sweated for days, until cooler heads pointed out that:
1. This was a medical unit, so they had probably passed high-school biology and knew all about anerobic bacteria.
2. They had the training to watch for suspicious food items.
3. Nobody in his right mind would eat what must have been disgusting bags of slime after spending 5 days in transit through the US postal service.
CHICKEN IN A BOX
OK, I just heard about this one from one of my fellow managers at SA, and she heard it direct from one of her adopted medics at CSC Scania :
On a sidenote, someone sent a soldier (our medical Captain -- 'Doc') a chicken in the mail. A live chicken. It was still living when we got it here. It was pecking about it's box quite furiously. I do not know how it survived, or why no one did anything to prevent the chicken from making it all the way here. We released it into the countryside; it will probably not make it. Very, very odd.Take it easy; enjoy the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend!-David K
Personally, I think it might be from the turkey dinner person last year. She probably figured, "OK, they don't want me to send a cooked bird, I'll send a fresh one and they can damn well cook it themselves".
"MAGGOTS FOR SOLDIERS" or
I don't know. I don't want to know.