Here, the situation is catastrophic but not serious  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Here, the situation is catastrophic but not serious" is a joke often quoted by Slavoj Žižek. It is an anecdote from the First World War.

It reportedly is an old Viennese quip; comparing the situation in Berlin and Vienna.

A German military post writes a telegram to the Austrian allies, "Here, the situation is serious but not catastrophic".

In German it reads „Die Lage ist ernst, aber nicht hoffnungslos.“ It is represented in English by SNAFU.

The reply says, "Here, the situation is catastrophic but not serious".

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