Read this hilarious series of telegraphs between British colonial officials in 1916, there is a punch-line at the end, so read the whole thing. Here is how it starts:
January 1st. F.O. to Cairo
- Greek Prime Minister wishes to import grain. Can you do this?
January 4th. Cairo to F.O.
- Your 101 not understood. Where does he want to import? Is it into Egypt?
Its all downhill from there. This is an excerpt from a book entitled, The Leisure of an Egyptian Official, containing antidotes from the life of Lord Edward Cecil, originally published in 1921.