What man in the US government recently expressed his sincere concern that the island of Guam might capsize?
#113838. Asked by star_gazer. (Apr 02 10 8:06 PM)
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)|
"Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) is a lawyer, not a geologist — but even that can't explain why he thinks Guam will tip over and capsize if the Marines station new troops on the Pacific outpost.
The Navy's Pacific Commander, Adm. Robert Willard, was testifying before a House Appropriations Subcommittee on March 25, requesting more money for base infrastructure on Guam when Johnson, who represents Atlanta, began quizzing him about the square mileage of the island and its shore-to-shore dimensions."
(It's possible this is an elaborate April Fool's joke, but the hearing did actually take place and the admiral's reaction appears genuine.)
JOHNSON: It's a small island, about 24 miles if, I recall, long?... About seven miles wide at the least widest on the island... I don't know how many square miles that is; do you happen to know?
WILLARD: I don't have that figure, sir. I could certainly supply it to you if you'd like.
JOHNSON: My fear is that, uh, that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and, uh, capsize. (tilts hands to demonstrate how an island might capsize)
WILLARD: (trying to suppress a smile): We don't anticipate that...
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