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Some Really Fouled Up Navy Paperwork

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The USS Skipjack

Some stuff you can’t make up. Here’s a World War II request from the submarine USS Skipjack pleading for toilet paper — nearly a year after its captain first requested it. “During the 11-1/2 months elapsing from the time of ordering the toilet paper and the present date the SKIPJACK personnel, despite their best efforts to await delivery of subject material have been unable to wait on numerous occasions,” the missive said. Check out the letter here. You can’t say the Navy doesn’t have a sense of humor: when the Skipjack next pulled into port, it was greeted by a dock piled high with toilet roll pyramids, countless toilet roll streamers flying from every available post, and a brass band wearing toilet paper neckties. h/t I Like the Cut of His Jib!

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