Sunday, August 08, 2004

Big Yellow Tab

As an BMT instructor, this was my favourite trick to pull on my recruits.. totally good clean fun, but hilarious nontheless..

A regular nightly feature during BMT is supper, a.k.a. nightsnack.. what usually happens is each platoon of around 40 people is supplied with 2 big 20-litre thermos ("insulators") of coffee or tea... Having come from an active infantry unit, and it being the last 5 months of my NS, I was more switched-off than the other "born and bred" instructors, and more of a mentor and friend to them than a disciplinarian...

How do you think the army makes 20-litres of tea each at a go? can't be letting 300 small Lipton Tea teabags dangle from the side of the insulator right? So I tell them that Lipton has specially made giant teabags for the exclusive use of the Army, complete with the Yellow Tabs which are A4 size... surprising thing is most of them believe it!

A week after they have been educated about the giant teabags, I'll complain that the tea that night was too dilute, and send 2 of them to the cookhouse to ask the cook for another of the non-existent giant Lipton teabags...

ok.... it doesnt sound so funny when I type it, but try visualising a giant teabag tab dangling over the container, that you have to pull up and down with both hands in order to ensure that the essence is diffused from the bag...

5 comments:

cour marly said...

Heh. I'm imagining the giant spoon you'd need to scoop up the giant teabag then looping the giant string several times around the teabag to squeeze out the last drips of tea.

Mr Miyagi said...

Let there be no more doubt that there are people gullible enough to fall for that and to call for pizza over the radio comms!

cokecat said...

hmm...some of those packaged sponge cake things were dire, but still...anything but cookhouse food please!!

jon said...

ho ho ho.. laughed my socks off while reading your articles on this page. amazing how so many people have such similar (yet so different) experiences during ns. sure reminds me of my own ns experiences.

i have to admit though, the giant yellow tea bag does take the (big) cake.

made my day.

Woof! said...

Jon: share your stories!