There is an old tradition in the Navy of sending newbies of various wild goose chases for such things as "20 mils of line current" or having them stand watch for the"mail buoy at sea. There is one story that I remember where the newbie managed to turn the tables.
A Chief Machinist Mate had a work party working in the engine room and decided to have some fun with one of his new E2s. He told the newbie that he needed a bucket of steam to make the cleaning easier. He handed him a bucket and sent him to the boiler room. Several hours later the guy came back with the bucket full of water. When the chief jumped all over him about his absence and the said he had sent him for steam, not water. the E2 replied, it is condensed steam, just add heat, Chief.