March 02, 2007

So While We're Here, Would You Like a Swatch?

Just when we least expected it, the Swiss accidentally invaded Liechtenstein:

What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein.

According to Swiss daily Blick, the 170 infantry soldiers wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.

A spokesman for the Swiss army confirmed the story but said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion.

Swiss Army knives are apparently far better than Swiss Army compasses.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 2, 2007 02:51 PM

I am reminded of the old Sinatra classic:

"Rangers in the night,
exchanging azimuths.
Wondering which is right...."

Posted by: Russ at March 2, 2007 04:52 PM

Huh. I'm surprised the knives didn't have a compass. Of course newer models should have a GPS built in.

Posted by: ThatGayConservative at March 3, 2007 05:55 AM

We know, at least, that they became lost precisely on time!

Posted by: drewas at March 3, 2007 01:57 PM

Compasses don't mislead people.

PEOPLE mislead people!!!!


Posted by: Bill Smith at March 3, 2007 06:03 PM

Uh-oh. The Swiss are getting imperialistic again.

Posted by: MunDane at March 5, 2007 02:27 PM