At the recent Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Fire Brigade Union arrived at the Association of University Teachers Scotland's hotel to invite delegates for a fraternal drink. The firefighters were astonished to find the dons playing Scrabble. They proposed a bet over which delegation could first mention the word during the conference the next day. As seconder of the following day's first motion, the AUTS was confident of victory and accepted the challenge. But the firefighters raised a point of order before the debate started, said "Scrabble", and pocketed the £25.