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Your mother has a smooth forehead

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By John Pawlak

Back when I worked at Bell Labs, we brought in a candidate for an opening on our database team.  Upon reviewing his resume, I couldn’t understand why my interview team had selected him for an interview. The guy had no relevant experience and his degree was in chemistry, not computer science. Well, it turns out that he had put “Klingon” on his resume as a foreign language in which he was fluent.  (Klingons are a warrior race in the 24th century, kind of a cross between an iguana and Dick Cheney).  

My team simply couldn’t resist interviewing someone who knew what “Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam” meant.

Not surprisingly, when the man discovered why he had been invited in, the interview went south.  He was visibly upset and as he was leaving, he scowled at my team leader and said “Your mother has a smooth forehead!”  Although he said it in English, I learned later that this was considered the worst possible insult a Klingon could utter. Fortunately, he didn’t have a Bat’leth on him.


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