To his horror, however, he found in the ship's log the damning statement: "Unfortunately, First Mate Johnson was drunk all day."
He sought out the captain. "Captain," he said, "this is the first time in my years of service that I have ever been too drunk to serve. Please remove the notation."
The captain scowled. "You know the log cant be changed."
The first mate said, "But with that on my record, I may have trouble ever getting a captain's berth of my own."
"I can't help that," the captain said without remorse. "The statement is perfectly true, and that is all that matters.
With that, the first mate returned to his duties and entered a notation of his own in the log: "Fortunately, Captain Simpson was sober all day."
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