Date: Tue, 24 Sep 1996 14:49:48 -0600
From: Joan Houston Hall jdhall[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU
Subject: Re: Chinese Fire Drill
DARE I has two senses of Chinese fire drill:
1. A scene of great confusion; a chaotic situation.
Earliest quotation is from 1961.
2. A college prank in which students jump out of a car as it is stopped at
a stoplight, run around the car, and jump back in as the light turns green.
Earliest quotation 1976, reminiscing about the early 1960s.
Joan Hall, DARE
jdhall[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]facstaff.wisc.edu