May 21st, 2012

Earth from space

Help me understand a joke, please!

I'm currently reading the novel "Lucifer's Hammer" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (although at this point it's more a matter of making myself finish it, because of a number of issues that make me cringe, but that's not what I'm posting about).

Although I'm normally pretty good at understanding English-language idioms and jokes, there's a recurring joke (?) I don't get, which Google didn't help with either.

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