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Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - I'd just like a chance to prove that money can't make me happy. Me, all the time
During the old days, there were no communications gadgets yet. So during wars, runners were used to send messages.
During such times, a captain sent a message to the rear, saying "Send us reinforcements we're are going to advance!".
This message was relayed via five runners, and when it finally reached the CO, the message was repeated as "send us refreshments, we are going to a dance!".
That's actually a childrens' game called 'Stille Post' (literally 'silent mail'). The message is passed on by quickly wispering it into the neighbor's ear, who then passes on whatever was understood and the last one in line loudly says whatever nonsense came out in the end.
Often enough we play this involuntarily at work.
"I don't know, extraterrestrial?"
"You mean like from space?"
"No, from Canada."
If software development were a circus, we would all be the clowns.
This joke originated ~100 years ago round about the time of the First World War. And the correct (mis)interpretation is "Send three and fourpence we're going to a dance". Commonly known as Chinese whispers.