But during this rendering young Bob Coggan exhibited one of those anomalies which will afflict little people when other persons are particularly serious: in trying to check his laughter, he pushed down his throat as much of the tablecloth as he could get hold of, when, after continuing hermetically sealed for a short time, his mirth burst out through his nose.
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We consider the accident an anomaly — not a reason to change standard procedures.
They rate a nuclear event from 1 (an anomaly) to 7 (a major accident).