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is half a warden message better than none?

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on July 24, 2007

Another day, another curious delight courtesy of the US Embassy in Kuwait and its warden messages.

Embassy of the United States of America
Kuwait City, Kuwait
June 24, 2007

MEMORANDUM
To: All American Wardens
From: Consular Section
Subject: Warden Notice 2007 – 11

Please circulate the following message without additions or omissions immediately to all American citizens within your area of responsibility:

Begin text.
Yesterday morning 23 July, a suspicious substance was discovered in an envelope that had been delivered to the Embassy. The substance, after thorough testing, was determined to pose no health threat. Embassy operations continue as normal.
End Text.

My sister Sporty Diamond lived through the Washington, D.C. anthrax scare of 2001. In fact, I remember attending a Halloween party at her flat – dressed fetchingly as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” – at which the anti-anthrax drug Cipro was not only a popular costume choice but also a prescribed drug for several party-goers.

I suspect that the US Embassy’s mailroom staff might also have remembered the anthrax attacks (as might the sender of the mysterious substance). But why send out a half memo? Either send a memorandum that gives full details of the event, including why the substance was considered suspicious and what it turned out to be; or – if the Embassy fears a spate of annoy copy-catters – send no memo at all.

2 Responses to “is half a warden message better than none?”

  1. intlxpatr said

    You are right, it is SO annoying. And you still twinkle, little star!

  2. […] brilliant displays of creativity on my part. I’ve been a cat for nearly a decade, minus one inspired turn as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. But so much of life here is pageant anyway … why not celebrate it […]

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