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Loose tongues and oily seamen: Lost in machine translation yet again

Michael Maxwell

"ordering another 10,000 toilet rolls" You laugh, but in The Ship with the Flat Tire (, the Supply Officer (a fresh Ensign) orders a certain quantity of TP, because his Chief thinks the unit of issue is the roll. Turns out the unit is the case--something like 100 rolls per case. When it arrives, they have trouble finding places on board to stow it. But as you might guess, it saves the ship later on.

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