The Italian Coast Guard Is Not Funny. Well, Maybe A Little FunnyPosted: October 5, 2010
There is a sad story in the news right now, with an al dente twist.
Apparently two American balloonists were involved in a race in Europe. It appears that there was a problem and they were lost at sea off the Italian coast. The decision was made yesterday to end the search for them.
This is very sad, and my condolences go out to their families for their loss.
I could not help noting in the CNN articles on this sad event that the person in charge of the search and rescue operation for the Italian Coast Guard is named Massimo Maccheroni. This is not funny. Don’t laugh. That is what he wants you to do.
This truly being this man’s name is as likely as the US Coast Guard having a ship commanded by Henry Hotdog.
(Note to self: call the Coast Guard, see if they have a Captain Hotdog. Suggest they get one)
If we believe this joke name, the next time we need the Italian Coast Guard we will be told that Massimo Maccheroni is on vacation and Matteo Marinara is covering for him.
I’m sure that some of you may believe that this Italian man is truly named after pasta. I am not going to try to talk you into seeing it my way. I’m just throwing it against the wall and seeing what sticks.
But if the”joke” that this man (whatever his real name is) is pulling gets you boiling mad; if you are straining to contain yourself then speak up below. Let the Italian Coast Guard know you’re not laughing one little bit at this man’s name.
Actually, one little bit is ok. It is kind of funny. Still…rise up against it!
Update 1/18/2012 – Mr. Maccheroni has now begun appearing as a spokesperson in the Costa Concordia disaster. They just wont give up on that guy!