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On board with Sir Walter Raleigh

The Quinn twins were almost identical except that Pat had one huge eye and one normal one, while Mick had one huge ear and one normal one. They both volunteered to join Sir Walter Raleigh in his round the world voyage.

'With my big eye, sor, I can see for miles. I'd be ideal in the crow's nest look-out,' said Pat.

'Agreed,' said Raleigh.

'And with my big ear I can hear even the quietest sound,' said Mick. 'I'd be ideal on deck listening for any talk of mutiny.'

So both Quinns were hired and duly the ship set sail.

Three days out, Pat called from the crow's nest.

'Ship on the port bow.'

Raleigh took out his telescope and scanned the horizon - nothing.

'It's there, skipper, believe me,' answered Pat.

Three hours later a tiny speck could be seen through the telescope.

'My God, what amazing sight you have!'

'Yes, and she's a Portuguese man-of-war,' said Pat.

'How do you know that?' asked Raleigh. 'Surely you can't see the flag?'

'No, sor,' said Pat. 'But my brother can hear them talking.'


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