Five O'Clock Somewhere

Welcome to Five O'Clock Somewhere, where it doesn't matter what time zone you're in; it's five o'clock somewhere. We'll look at rural life, especially as it happens in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, cats, sailing (particularly Etchells racing yachts), and bits of grammar and Victorian poetry.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Why fire engines are red

or, another adventure in getting from here to there ...

Why are fire engines red?

Well ...

There are 12 men on a fire truck.

There are also 12 inches on a ruler.

Queen Elizabeth is a ruler.

The Queen Elizabeth is also a ship.

Ships sail on the sea.

One sea is the Red Sea.

Communist Russians were known as Reds.

And fire engines are always Russian around, so they're red too!

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Anonymous adriftatsea said...

Groan.... at least sailing was mentioned...

Sat Feb 26, 05:39:00 PM MST  
Blogger Baydog said...

When you started your begonia rant, this was the first thing I thought of! Where did you grow up? Philadelphia?

Sat Feb 26, 08:30:00 PM MST  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Well, I grew up in northern New Mexico, but I got both of these from my dad, who grew up just about everywhere -- his dad was really good at negotiating, so the company sent him wherever there was a union dispute. One place my dad lived for a while was Scranton, Pa.

Sun Feb 27, 09:16:00 AM MST  
Blogger bonnie said...

Alternative route -

Ships sail on the sea
Fishes live in the sea
Fishes have fins
the Finns fought the Russians
Russians are red
Fire engines are always rushin'
And that's why...

Sun Feb 27, 10:27:00 AM MST  
Blogger bonnie said...

And it's always good to have an alternative route when navigating, right?

Sun Feb 27, 10:28:00 AM MST  
Blogger ChrisP said...

Q: Why do firemen wear red braces?
A: To stop their trousers falling down.....

Sun Feb 27, 12:45:00 PM MST  
Blogger ChrisP said...

Or, in American:
Q: Why do firefighters wear red suspenders?
A: To stop their pants falling down....

Sun Feb 27, 12:47:00 PM MST  
Anonymous arvin said...

Who said fire engines are red?

Sun Feb 27, 12:51:00 PM MST  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Bonnie, thanks. I KNEW there were more links between the sea and the Russians, but I just couldn't remember them.

Mon Feb 28, 12:17:00 AM MST  
Blogger bonnie said...

I first heard that joke back in my church-going childhood, when a minister told it as the lead-in to a sermon.

I have absolutely no recollection of what the rest of the sermon was about, but the joke stuck like gum to a shoe.

Mon Feb 28, 10:45:00 AM MST  
Blogger bonnie said...

I probably started folding origami rabbits after the funny part was over.

Mon Feb 28, 10:46:00 AM MST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about that " Big Red Machine"

Thu Mar 03, 12:09:00 AM MST  

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