On a research cruise
, I was using a cardboard test-tube holder for running chemical reactions. The cardboard got really wet from the seawater and I needed to dry it a bit. So, I thought, "put it in the oven
for 5 min and it will dry a bit". Turned the oven
on, put the thing in, and promptly got distracted by other tasks. I was reminded that it was in there when the skipper
stomped down the stairs, opened the oven - smoke pouring out into the cabin
- took out the smoldering cardboard, disposed of it, and stomped back to the helm
. All this with out a single
word. No words were necessary. It was stupid enough not to need any words.