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Re: joketime

Prefect.  How hilarious and true.

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: kmrsy@comcast.net
Sent: 2/5/2005 10:36:14 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] joketime

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo Lunar Lander Project, it took the
astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training. One day, a
Navajo elder and his son came across the astronauts practicing walking
among the rocks in their space suits. The elder, who spoke only Navajo,
asked a question. His son translated for the NASA people:

 "What are these guys in the big suits doing?" 

One of the astronauts said that they were practicing for a trip to the
moon When his son relayed this comment, the Navajo elder got all excited
and asked if it would be possible to give the astronauts a message to
deliver to the moon. Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw
one, a NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, "Why certainly!"
and told an underling to get a tape recorder. The Navajo elder's
comments into the microphone were brief. The NASA official asked the son
if he would translate what his father had said.

The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he
refused to translate. So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby
Navajo village and played it for other members of the tribe. They too
laughed long and loudly but also refused to translate the elder's
message to the moon.

Finally, an official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped laughing the translator relayed the message: 

"Watch out for these assholes. They have come to steal your land!" 

neIN, Zone5

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