Posted by: Tony Carson | 25 June, 2007

The front fell off

No one mocks quite as effectively as the Aussies.

In this YouTube clip a reporter tries to get to the bottom of why the front fell off an oil tanker. Priceless.

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  3. Very funny. It brightens up my day here in Malta. The Aussie sense of humour needs to be appreciated having visited your country.

    What other country has BYO restaurants, well!!

    Lawrie in Malta

  4. The Front Fell off – just the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages!

  5. reminds me of Bob and Ray or maybe Abbot and Costello. Who’s on First?

    who are these two? very good.

  6. This is like a Monty Python script. Did this really happen?

  7. It’s pure Australia so we’ll never know for sure.

  8. absolutely brilliant, i love it,so simple, clean and the lovely aussie accent makes it just right. 🙂

  9. […] The G20 Summit From the gentlemen who brought us The Front Fell Off […]

  10. For those without 2 minutes to see the video, here’s a transcript:

    Interviewer: Senator Collins, thanks for coming in.

    Senator Collins: Its a great pleasure, thank you.

    Interviewer: This ship that was involved in the incident off western Australia this week –

    Senator Collins: Yeah, the one the front fell off?

    Interviewer: Yep.

    Senator Collins: Yeah, that’s not very typical – I would like to make that point.

    Interviewer: Well, how is it un-typical?

    Senator Collins: Well, there are a lot of these ships going around the world all the time, and very seldom does anything like this happen, I just don’t want people thinking that tankers aren’t safe.

    Interviewer: Was this tanker safe?

    Senator Collins: well, I was thinking about more about the other ones…

    Interviewer: The ones that are safe…

    Senator Collins: Yeah, the ones that the front doesn’t fall off.

    Interviewer: Well, if this wasn’t safe, why did it have 80,000 tonnes of oil on it?

    Senator Collins: I’m not saying it wasn’t safe … just …perhaps not quite as safe as the other ones.

    Interviewer: Why?

    Senator Collins: Well, some of them are built so that the front doesn’t fall off at all.

    Interviewer: Well, wasn’t this built so that the front wouldn’t fall off?

    Senator Collins: Well, obviously not.

    Interviewer: How do you know?

    Senator Collins: Well ’cause the front fell off and 20,000 tonnes of oil spilt into the sea, caught fire – its a bit of a giveaway – I would just like to make the point that that is not normal.

    Interviewer: Well, what sort of standards are these oil tankers built to?

    Senator Collins: Ooh, very rigorous maritime engineering standards.

    Interviewer: What sort of things?

    Senator Collins: Well the front’s not supposed to fall off, for a start.

    Interviewer: What other things?

    Senator Collins: Well, there are regulations governing the materials that they can be made of.

    Interviewer: What materials?

    Senator Collins: Well… cardboard’s out.

    Interviewer: And?

    Senator Collins: No cardboard derivatives.

    Interviewer: Like paper?

    Senator Collins: No paper, no string, no cellotape.

    Interviewer: Rubber?

    Senator Collins: No, rubber’s out, umm… they have to have a steering wheel… there’s a minimum crew requirement.

    Interviewer: Whats the minimum crew?

    Senator Collins: Ooh, one, I suppose.

    Interviewer: So the allegations that they are just designed to carry as much oil as possible –

    Senator Collins: Ludicrous!

    Interviewer: Despite the consequences – I mean, that’s ludicrous, is it?

    Senator Collins: Absolutely ludicrous! These are very strong vessels.

    Interviewer: So what happened in this case?

    Senator Collins: Well the front fell off in this case, by all means – but its very unusual.

    Interviewer: But – Senator Collins, why did the front fall off?

    Senator Collins: Well, a wave hit it.

    Interviewer: A wave hit it?

    Senator Collins: A wave hit the ship.

    Interviewer: Is that unusual?

    Senator Collins: Oh yeah, at sea? Chance in a million.

    Interviewer: So what do you do to protect the environment in cases like this?

    Senator Collins: Well, the ship was towed outside of the environment.

    Interviewer: Into another environment?

    Senator Collins: No, no, no – its been towed beyond the environment, its not in the environment.

    Interviewer: But from one environment into another environment?

    Senator Collins: No, it’s beyond the environment – it’s not in an environment; it’s been towed beyond the environment.

    Interviewer: Well, it must be somewhere, well, what’s out there?

    Senator Collins: Nothing’s out there.

    Interviewer: Well, there must be something out there.

    Senator Collins: There’s nothing out there, all there is is sea… and birds… and fish.

    Interviewer: And?

    Senator Collins: And 20,000 tonnes of crude oil.

    Interviewer: And what else?

    Senator Collins: And a fire.

    Interviewer: And anything else?

    Senator Collins: And part of the ship that the front fell off – but there’s nothing else out there – it’s a complete void – the environment’s perfectly safe.

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