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Joke of the week: "The Rowing Team"

Posted by John McIntyre at 10:24 AM | | Comments (1)


Just as that old familiar adage, "too many cooks spoil the broth", ofttimes rings true, perhaps too many self-appointed coxswains on any particular rowing crew could spoil the race. As your joke-of-the-week, Prof. Mci., clearly illustrates. A 'ship-of-fools' enterprise.

A cacophony of multiple coxswains on a single craft barking out directives, willy-nilly, would indeed, I imagine, be quite the discordant and dysfunctional lot. Going nowhere fast. Up the creek without a tiller, as it were.

Discovered the term "cox-less" boat, or "straight'", in a Wiki piece on rowing. Sounds rather emasculating I'd have to say.


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