What is a Snob?
An unofficial, but touching custom exists amongst the Nuclear Power plant personnel (Nukes). It is a ritual honoring a Nuke who has completed his enlistment, and is leaving the boat. Specifically, the ‘outgoing’ Nuke shares a beer and some artifacts with the next-shortest nuke (or, in other words, the Nuke who will leave the Navy next). The honors are split between the outgoing man and his replacement. The title SNOB is passed, which stands for “Shortest Nuke On Board.” Who can be SNOB? There are few rules about who can become SNOB, and I don’t know if they vary from boat to boat. On Tunny; The SNOB must be approaching his honorable discharge, completed his initial enlistment, and cannot have ever re-enlisted. How long will I be SNOB? The duration of reign varies by how rapidly men are leaving the boat. Some guys are SNOB for months, and others for days. Generally, a SNOB Hopeful will know the line of succession expected until he will become SNOB, sometimes accurately reciting the SNOB
There are those who feel a natural sense of superiority over others, whether it be physical prowess, intellectual capacity, social standing or financial status. A snob, however, generally crosses over the line and exhibits boorish or overbearing behavior towards those he or she views as inferior. A rich person may enjoy the finer things in life, but a snob enjoys watching others suffer because of it. A snob often shows disdain for those who operate in lower social circles.