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    July 17, 2009

  • "The British responded by using the new wireless on their trawlers to alert each other to Icelandic Coast Guard activities. Most famous were the so-called Grandmother messages of 1928. Three messages—'Grandmoter is well,' then 'Grandmother is still well,' and finally 'Grandmother is beginning to feel bad'—were used to indicate when a Coast Guard vessel was leaving its harbor. Finally, in 1936, coded wireless messages were outlawed in Icelandic waters. But the Grandmother messages continued, with code systems often organized by British seafood companies."

    —Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (New York: Penguin, 1997), 153

    July 17, 2009