I just thought some of you might like to know about a humorous American expression that you might hear in an older movie or even a conversation, especially from older Americans.
In the 1970s, some American astronauts in space radioed this message back to headquarters in the city of Houston in the state of Texas:
“Houston, we’ve had had a problem.”
People, however, changed it to the simpler: “Houston, we have a problem.”
Starting in the 1970s, some Americans would use this expression as a humorous way to announce ANY problem:
The family is waiting for dinner. Mother enters the dining room with nothing in her hands. She says, “Houston, we have a problem. I accidentally burned up the dinner.”