Susan Wilcox (email@example.com)
Wed Mar 25 13:18:52 1998
>There was once a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Tate, and it was their life's dream to
>have a compass company. They finally saved enough money and started the
>Tate's Compass Company. Luck was with them, for the first contract they
>acquired was to manufacture 750,000 compasses for the Boy Scouts.
>They worked feverishly day and night to meet their deadline, and finished
>just before the Boy Scout Jamboree was to begin. On the day of the Boy Scout
>Wilderness hike, each Boy Scout was given a Tate's Compass to help them find
>their way. Unfortunately, it was discovered a little too late that every
>single compass was made with the colored point of the needle facing the
>wrong way, so when one was facing North, the needle pointed to the South.
>Needless to say, all of the Boy Scouts got lost and it was the biggest
>fiasco known in Boy Scout history. The Tate's compass company went out of
>business, but from this experience came the familiar adage, "He who has a
>Tate's is lost."