A young Naval Officer was in a terrible car accident, but due to the heroics of the hospital staff, the only permanent injury was the loss of one ear. Since he wasn’t otherwise physically, impaired he remained in the military, and was eventually promoted to an Admiral. However, all through his career he remained very sensitive about his appearance.
One day the Admiral was interviewing two Navy Fleet Chiefs, and a Royal Marine Sergeant for a position on his personal staff. The first Chief TAS I was a Underwater Navy type, and it was a great interview. At the end of the interview the Admiral asked him, “Do you notice anything different about me?” The Chief TAS I, answered, “Why yes. I couldn’t help but notice you are missing your starboard ear, so I don’t know whether this impacts your hearing on that side.” The Admiral got very angry at this lack of tact, and threw him out of his office.
The next candidate, the Fleet Chief GI, when asked this same question, answered, “Well yes, you seem to be short one ear.” The Admiral threw him out also.
The third interview was with the Royal Marine Sergeant He was articulate, extremely sharp, and seemed to know more than the two Fleet Chiefs combined. The Admiral wanted this guy, but went ahead with the same question: “Do you notice anything different about me?” To his surprise the Sergeant said, “Yes, Sir! You’re wearing contact lenses.”
The Admiral was impressed and thought to himself, what an incredibly observant Royal Marine! “And how do you know that, Sergeant ?” the Admiral asked.
The Royal Marine Sergeant replied, “Well sir, it’s pretty hard to wear glasses with only one f_ _ _ing ear!” 😯