A fine pun indeed. It starts with a hint of confusion, followed by a midtone of frustration and cogitation and ends with a deep groan.
Was this one too subtle? Or did it just take a sec?SPOILER ALERT!the international call sign for an aviation emergency is mayday, mayday, mayday (one word). The big Soviet era military parades took place on May Day (International workers day).
The question is, is the call-sign mayday derived from the French m'aidez (help me)?Regards.Acolyte of Sagan.
According to a couple of sources, you are correct. It's said three times to eliminate ambiguity.