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Cor blimey guvnor! NASA learns that manners maketh good business at the dinner table

26 Mar 2012, 14:46 UTC
Cor blimey guvnor! NASA learns that manners maketh good business at the dinner table
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While the George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and its film and theatre musical derivative My Fair Lady had Professor Henry Higgins teaching common shop girl Eliza Doolittle the finer points of English and etiquette so NASA has apparently taken a leaf from his book.
While NASA is officially an agency of that classless society calling itself the United States of America. NASA reports staff and NASA’s Langley research center are being encouraged to enrol in a course called “Outclass the Competition: Dine Like a Diplomat” which teaches them the finer points of manners while eating and speaking in social situations.
The etiquette class, which is run by a genteel lady from the southern states called Cheryl Cleghorn who holds the title NASA Langley’s outreach and protocol coordinator, is designed to give staff the best chance of getting new business for the centre.
Tips from the “classy” class include:

No using a mobile/cell phone at the table
Pass the salt and pepper together
Don’t use your fork as a shovel (American style)
Eat soup dipping your spoon out from the chin, rather than in
Always hold a wine glass by the stem
Never eat from someone else’s plate
Never order ...

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