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Mind the information gap

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:51 am

I read this on Quora just now and was rather tickled by it:
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I was coming back from France on a Eurostar train many years ago shortly after the service started. When you you get to the French side they announce ‘Mesdames et messieurs, nous avons maintenant atteint notre vitesse maximale de 300 kph. Ladies and gentlemen, we have now reached our maximum speed of 300kph.’

A German chap sitting with his English business colleagues said, ‘Vy is it ven ve reach ze English side zey do not say - ladies und gentlemen ve haf now reached our maximum speed of zirty miles an hour?’

This was long before the HS1 high speed link was built and you used to crawl through Kent following the local trains and freight trains.
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