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We were holding short at Newark Liberty airport when the previous 737 called the tower shortly after it lifted off from Newark's notoriously bumpy runway.

Continental Airliner:
"Tower, this is Continental XXXX. Do you have time for a runway report?"

Newark Tower:
"Yeah. Go ahead."

Continental:
"Tell the Port Authority on this take-off, about 2,500 feet down the runway, we encountered a smooth spot."

Newark Tower:
[dead silence]


M. D. Larson
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