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From The Locking Review Vol. 1 No. 1 June 1955
HAVE YOU HEARD THESE IN YOUR CLASS?
Examiner: "What is the value of this resistor?"
Candidate : "About threepence."
On component testing a pair of inside calipers were shown to the candidate who said he thought they were forceps.
The Flight Sergeant said, "Oh, surely not." The candidate : "Oh, sorry, Flight, of course they're biceps."
When shown a barretter valve a legal minded candidate suggested it was a barrister.
An aircraft apprentice when asked what flux he would use to solder a split pin to a cable, said, "Soap and water."
One candidate suggested that the ignition on a JAP engine was of the Splash Feed Type.
A candidate when shown an accumulator lug suggested that it was used to bind the cross sections of scaffolding to the uprights as seen in the No. 2 Block building programme.
In the same board another suggested it was used to hold a scriber against the upright on the scribing block.
Another genius suggested that in a variable condenser some signals went through the fixed side whilst others went through the moving side.
One against the Trade Test Section:
A senior N.C.O. was being boarded for transfer to Senior Technician and was asked what he would do if he drew a transmitter of a specified make from stores and found it unserviceable. The answer should have been "Service it," but he said, "Return it and get another." The examiner then said, "Well, suppose the next one was u/s, what then?" His reply was the same. The exasperated examiner said, "Well, suppose the next forty were all u/s, what then?" The sergeant replied, "Oh, I'd still find one serviceable in stores; we have 400 of them there."