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Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by nipperwolf, Nov 22, 2003.


  1. nipperwolf

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    When NASA was preparing for the Apollo
    > > > > Project, it took the astronauts
    > > > > to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for
    > > > > training.
    > > > >
    > > > > One day, a Navajo grand elder and his son came
    > > > > across the space crew walking
    > > > > among the rocks.
    > > > >
    > > > > 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 to 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 a**holes. They have
    > > > > come to steal your land."
    > >