9. "RE: (S5M4) Familiar Spirits Comments"
In response to message #2
>>A broom indicates "victory at sea"? I >>thought it indicated a series sweep. > >The premise is similar. The crews of submarines returning from >successful patrols in WWII would lash a broom to the periscope shears >when returning to base so everybody would know they'd "swept the >seas".
That's the most recent commonly known usage of it, but it's been used by naval vessels of all sorts for over ~350 years. It's also been used for racing vessels who've swept a series of regattas (or even just as prizes). I've gotten 2 trophy brooms, one from a sailing race at summer camp as a kid, and the other that I got after the 2004 World Series to torment my office-mate who was a Yankees fan :)
Back to the story, I really enjoyed it, other than the fact that I wasn't ready for it to end :) Looking forward to M5 or whatever comes next!
[...] in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles. -- David Ben Gurion EPU RCW #π #include <stdsig.h>