International Day for Failure 2021 is on Wednesday, October 13, 2021: Why do people say "May Day" when there plane is going down?

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Why do people say "May Day" when there plane is going down?

Yes, it is the International distress call.

It derives from the French 'venez m'aider', meaning 'come help me'.

It is repeated 3 times 'Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.'

"A Mayday situation is one in which a vessel, aircraft, vehicle, or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Examples of "grave and imminent danger" in which a Mayday call would be appropriate include fire, explosion or sinking.

Mayday calls can be made on any frequency, and when a Mayday call is made no other radio traffic is permitted except to assist in the emergency. A Mayday call may only be made when life or craft is in imminent danger of death or destruction."


In aviation, in addition to fire, a 'Mayday' distress call could be used for engine failure, electrical failure, fuel starvation, disorientation, control failure, or any condition where the safety of the flight is in question.

What do couples that are doing long distance talk about every day?

What do couples that are doing long distance talk about every day?

I'm in a long distance relationship, international actually. She is a college student and I am going back to work on more classes so we are also busy with school and our lives are not exciting. But we chat through gmail daily for at least two to three hours while we're working on homework or watching t.v. We talk about our day, what we did, who we saw, what we talked about, whether we had any successes or failures at school, what we hope to do this weekend, about the next time we'll see each other, how we feel about each other, about our families, and issues. There is lots to talk about. But then there are the days when we don't say much and that's fine because not every day is a talking day.

Also, try to hold off on conversations for the end of the day when you have more to talk about.

Long distance relationships are not easy, as you know. They require us to work harder on them.

Good luck!!

Royal Mail International Sign for Problems?

Royal Mail International Sign for Problems?

There is nothing wrong with Royal Mail, as you've said your item is now in the hands of the foreign postal service and the problem lies there, but if it is a registered item it should be traceable.

A friend of mine was cursing Royal Mail for failure to deliver an item to the US - it was eventually traced to a US Postal Service depot where it had been sitting for 20 days - so the error was with the foreign postal service.

Just like the UK postman delivers your post with foreign stamps on from the US, Europe and round the world, Royal mail has to hand outgoing mail to postal services operating in the destination country. This is due to historical postal service licences and restrictions preventing operating in other countries and sensible use of existing delivery infrastructures. Unfortunately this gives the sending postal service little control over end delivery.

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