January 7, 1904

On January 7, 1904, the distress signal “CQD” was established for Morse code and the wireless radio. Two years later the distress signal was changed to “SOS”. Why? It was claimed that SOS was faster and easier to send. That was true. Also, you could make a funny saying with the letters, like “Same Old Shit”, “Sorry Old Shit”, or “Stodgy Old  Shit”. The humor potential is literally finite. There was just no way to make a funny saying with the letters CQD. Try it. I dare you.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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