Sounds like a spy of some kind :)
Just to really confuse you, you also often hear it as "ISS Operative" (ISS are a cleaning firm). Whoa, a spy on the space station, cool.
Edited at 2011-11-02 12:49 pm (UTC)
Too bad it's not "ISIS Operative" a la Archer. I should like to see a swankily dressed sixties cartoon agent tidying up spilled coffee. With a cocktail in the other hand.
I love Archer, but I love GitS:SAC more. Rowr.
It was when she was leaning out of a jeep firing machine guns, and Batou is yelling and running to save her even though neither of them have faces which are even *capable* of enough expression to show their real feelings, if Motoko even has any human feelings anymore, and 1.00min in Run Rabbit Junk
is blaring in the background, that I thought "DOES THIS GUY KNOW HOW TO WRITE A LOVE STORY, OR WHAT?!!"
I'd love to think this came about because they wanted to say "Someone's done a number (1 or 2) on the stairs", someone pointed out they could use those numbers as codes, and then someone else said "Ooh! And 3 could be food, 4 could be drink, 5 could be a chemical spill and 6 would be leprechauns"
7 would be interference from denizens of London Below.
how much do you want to bet that the station paid a security company a gajillion pounds to work out that protocol?
Ooh, not very much, because I think it's very likely you'd be right.
Just watch out for Code 66...
In Ultraviolet, Code 5 meant vampires. It would not surprise me in the least of Code 66 meant devils!
But it sounds so much better when you say it in code!
True. It would sound more inviting if the operative were being summoned "for a coffee", though!
1. Biological Waste
2. Chemical Waste
3. Solid Waste
4. Liquid Waste
5. Cup of tea and a biscuit, chocolate if you beat fat Fred here.
This sounds like the most probable scheme!
Clearly codes 1-3 refer to superior beverages, such as tea, rum, and whiskey.
And I imagine gin changes depending on the Queen's Jubilee. It goes from 50 to 60 this year.
2011-11-03 23:50 (UTC)
I was there too... and I recall them saying 'initial operative' for the code-4. Initial is a cleaning company and there was indeed a big paper coffee cup spilled all over the floor at the top of the escalator.
2011-11-05 21:44 (UTC)
Re: code 4
Initial! Yes, I remember hearing that now as well. How funny that the announcement stuck in both our minds.
Nothing clever to add, just that you had me snickering. And hubby--I read it aloud to him. ;)
And yes, how very Secret Agent-ish of them. Everyone likes an air of mystery, don't they?
On the New Orleans street car, "yellow dog" is code for a passenger who is vomiting...
I think it's partly the Secret Agent appeal, but probably also partly to keep from upsetting people when, say, they have to clean up vomit after the pubs shut.
Just one of the many reasons I just love following your journal. What a wry observation! And love the theories others have already put out in comments now.
After some thought maybe code 4 just means.. Bring a mop,,