My wonderful aunt who has a place in Maine sent this to me. It says so much about how rediculous it is to think we are really “certain” of anyting.
Actual October 1995 radio transmission between a US Navy vessel and Canadian authorities:
Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees south to avoid collision.
US Navy: Recommend YOU divert your course 15 degrees north to avoid collision.
Canadians: Negative. Please divert your course 15 degrees south to avoid collision.
US Navy: This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course. . . . This is the USS Lincoln and we are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers, and various support vessels. I DEMAND that you change your course 15 degrees north. Otherwise, countermeasures will be taken to ensure the safety of this ship and its crew.
Canadians: Sir. This is a lighthouse. Your call.
Taken from a “Discover Maine” magazine, 2015.