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Old 07-02-2018, 06:35 PM
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A WWII observation pilot bored of not being in combat strapped 6 bazookas to his plane and successfully destroyed several tanks and vehicles. His name was Lt. Col. Charles Carpenter... aka Bazooka Charlie.

Sounds like something some of the guys here might do. lol
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:41 PM
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In 1963 the U.S. military created an artificial ring around the earth, similar to that of the planet Saturn. The ring is composed of copper needles and was used for world wide communications in case the Soviets disabled all other forms of communication.

No... space walks are not at all safe. Wonder if Hammers still use this advantage?
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by TwistedWrench View Post
16th century philosopher Giordano Bruno believed the universe was infinite, and that other solar systems existed.

The pope declared him a heretic. He was hung upside down, stripped naked, then burned at the stake.

He was also a former Catholic priest.
There were quite a few who were condemned by clergy throughout history. It's an interesting phenomenon. New thoughts are taboo. And it still happens today, not just churches either.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:14 PM
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Jeez, space needles... cause you know, space just wasn't quite dangerous enough.

Speaking of the Soviets though...


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Old 07-02-2018, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by TwistedWrench View Post
Jeez, space needles... cause you know, space just wasn't quite dangerous enough.

Speaking of the Soviets though...


Oops.
Lol... That is hilarious!
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Here's one I have been pursuing for several years now. Not really a fact but a very very strong plausible theory.

The ancient Egyptians worshiped a Beetle, the Scarab or June Bug , it is found depicted everywhere in ancient Egypt. The reason for this has eluded historians for over a century now. There is a new suggestive theory that may help explain why they worshiped this beetle so strongly.

Ever wonder how a June Bug can even fly? It's wings are definitely way to small for their size and body mass so how? New research has opened up the possibility that their wings are not actually designed to move much air but to produce a certain sound frequency. This frequency excites a natural material on the underside of the "shells" or wing covers.

This material is called chitin, but what's important about the underside of the Beetle's wings is that this chitin composes a shape thought to direct sound downward to create levitation. Yes... it sounds like a crazy theory but there just might be some possible truth to this phenomenon.

It is now thought that the ancient Egyptians may have harnessed this knowledge of how to manipulate sonic frequencies to cut, shape and move stone. And this just might be why they held this Beetle in such high regard. An important thing to point out is that the earth's magnetic field also produces sonic wave frequencies.


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Old 07-02-2018, 08:10 PM
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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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My step-dad flew a biplane float plane off the heavy cruiser USS Cleveland in WWII. The SOC-2 had two smoke rockets on it to mark targets for naval gunfire. My dad told his commander "Screw that! Give me some HE! The Japs are getting too good at shooting at me!" They gave him two 5" artillery rockets which he put into an ammo dump on Corregidor that the naval guns couldn't find. The Japs were ready for smoke rockets and didn't pay much attention to him.
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Originally Posted by dave1123 View Post
My step-dad flew a biplane float plane off the heavy cruiser USS Cleveland in WWII. The SOC-2 had two smoke rockets on it to mark targets for naval gunfire. My dad told his commander "Screw that! Give me some HE! The Japs are getting too good at shooting at me!" They gave him two 5" artillery rockets which he put into an ammo dump on Corregidor that the naval guns couldn't find. The Japs were ready for smoke rockets and didn't pay much attention to him.
I thought you might like that one. That's wild to have close ties to a historical event like that Dave!
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Originally Posted by Bugout4x4 View Post
In 1945, a man survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima. He dragged himself to an air-raid shelter, spent the night, then caught the morning train so he could arrive at his job in time... In Nagasaki... Where he survived the second atomic blast.

Man... lol
lol.... I don't think he survived much longer after that... ya know... being as he glowed in the dark and all.

Originally Posted by dave1123 View Post
My step-dad flew a biplane float plane off the heavy cruiser USS Cleveland in WWII. The SOC-2 had two smoke rockets on it to mark targets for naval gunfire. My dad told his commander "Screw that! Give me some HE! The Japs are getting too good at shooting at me!" They gave him two 5" artillery rockets which he put into an ammo dump on Corregidor that the naval guns couldn't find. The Japs were ready for smoke rockets and didn't pay much attention to him.
That's pretty badass, Dave!
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Originally Posted by Basslicks View Post
That's pretty badass, Dave!
Yes it is!

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lol.... I don't think he survived much longer after that... ya know... being as he glowed in the dark and all.
That was my exact first thought too man! Yet turns out this is another "I'll be damned" case and why history intrigues me so. You are not going to believe this...

In the days the followed, Yamaguchi’s double-dose of radiation took its toll. His hair fell out, the wounds on his arms turned gangrenous, and he began vomiting incessantly. He was still languishing in a bomb shelter with his family on August 15, when Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced the country’s surrender in a radio broadcast. “I had no feeling about it,” Yamaguchi later told The Times. “I was neither sorry nor glad. I was seriously ill with a fever, eating almost nothing, hardly even drinking. I thought that I was about to cross to the other side.”

Yet unlike so many victims of radiation exposure, Yamaguchi slowly recovered and went on to live a relatively normal life. He served as a translator for the U.S. armed forces during their occupation of Japan, and later taught school before resuming his engineering career at Mitsubishi. He and his wife even had two more children in the 1950s, both of them girls. Yamaguchi dealt with the horrific memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by writing poetry, but he avoided discussing his experiences publicly until the 2000s, when he released a memoir and became part of the anti-atomic weapons movement. He later journeyed to New York in 2006 and spoke about nuclear disarmament before the United Nations. “Having experienced atomic bombings twice and survived, it is my destiny to talk about it,” he said in his speech.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi wasn’t the only person to endure two atomic blasts. His coworkers Akira Iwanaga and Kuniyoshi Sato were also in Nagasaki when the second bomb fell, as was Shigeyoshi Morimoto, a kite maker who had miraculously survived Hiroshima despite being only a half-mile from ground zero. All told, some 165 people may have experienced both attacks, yet Yamaguchi was the only person officially recognized by the Japanese government as a “nijyuu hibakusha,” or “twice-bombed person.” He finally won the distinction in 2009, only a year before he died at the age of 93.



https://www.history.com/news/the-man...o-atomic-bombs

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Did you know Mitsubishi built aircraft for the war, one of which was the feared "Zero." Fast, ultra light, very maneuverable, and well armed.

It's weak point was fuel tanks that caught fire if a tracer found them and the wings broke off in the pullout from a high speed dive. Our planes had rubber bladder self sealing tanks and flew well after being chewed up.

The Mitsubishi plant was the reason we bombed Nagasaki.

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Originally Posted by dave1123 View Post
Did you know Mitsubishi built aircraft for the war, one of which was the feared "Zero." Fast, ultra light, very maneuverable, and well armed.

It's weak point was fuel tanks that caught fire if a tracer found them and the wings broke off in the pullout from a high speed dive. Our planes had rubber bladder self sealing tanks and flew well after being chewed up.

The Mitsubishi plant was the reason we bombed Nagasaki.
Weren't they made of wood? Or is that a different Japanese plane I'm thinking of?

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Old 07-03-2018, 11:21 AM
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wow.. DUDE IS EITHER REALLY LUCKY OR REALLY UNLUCKY
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The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
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