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Re: Fun Fact
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2017, 03:01:10 AM »
Man finds 2.5 million in gold in the gas tank of a WW2 Russian tank.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/09/tanks-bullion-man-finds-gold-bars-buried-in-military-vehicle.html

The bars have Nazi id numbers on them as shown in various online pictures. The interesting aspect to this find is that several of these old WW2 tanks were claimed from the Ukraine, as they were simply parked and left where they were when the war ended. So for all these years people went about their daily lives with a tank sitting in fields around the country. Children were known to play on them, and such. So in the year or so prior to the Russians invading half of Ukraine, a certain Ukrainian rich guy known for collecting and dealing in war surplus gathered up all the old war surplus and sold it at internet auction. Wealthy people and museums around the world purchased all the old war surplus and shipped it back to their own countries. The timing of these events lends to internet conspiracy that he knew about what was to follow, and that he cleaned up potential weapons before they could be used by the government or protesters. Regardless of this man's actions, at least the various countries with claims against the Nazi party will eventually get a little more of their stolen capital back from this find.

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When Americans and Germans fought together during World War II
« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2017, 05:08:08 PM »
Five days after Hitler killed himself in his bunker in Berlin and two days before Germany surrendered, American and German troops were fighting together side by side in what has been called World War II's strangest battle.  Follow the link to read the rest of the story....

http://www.businessinsider.com/that-time-when-americans-and-germans-fought-together-during-world-war-ii-2015-9

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Re: Fun Fact
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2017, 03:04:05 AM »
there a better story of ww2 with german refugees racing to cross a shitty forgotten bridge  with american guns pointing eastwards in defence of the germans as Russians advanced neared. now that a worthy tale . good luck finding it history kind of forgotten that one.
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Re: Fun Fact
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2017, 02:50:28 AM »
there a better story of ww2 with german refugees racing to cross a shitty forgotten bridge  with american guns pointing eastwards in defence of the germans as Russians advanced neared. now that a worthy tale . good luck finding it history kind of forgotten that one.
Another good one was the chocolate bar that saved the invasion of England from the Germans. Of course they did make a movie on that story.

A personal story was from my friend who was on Omaha beach during the d-day invasion. Only him and his friend survived the day out of their entire platoon, including the landing craft crew. (I believe it was a LST, but I'm not sure as he wasn't specific about the boat since they were taking fire before they got anywhere near the beach.) They were stranded as they were one of the first boats to drop off soldiers, and subsequently cut down before making it off the waters edge. He survived the day/night/day by hiding behind a supply box, as they were dropped farther over than where the rest of the troops were. Thus making them an obvious target by lack of numbers in that area. He was pinned down for hours after the US troops held the beach, as there were enemy troops hiding in the hills that they found when sweeping the coast. His friend didn't survive the hedgerows that followed the d-day invasion.

I also have another friend who was a belly gunner in a B17. His stories were crazier, as he could see who was trying to kill him. He talked about the flak and shrapnel spraying the the planes, etc. Planes literally falling out of the sky in pieces. I have no idea how he survived the air war.

Then I had 2 family members who also were in WWII. One was a desk jockey, and he did logistics for the d-day invasion. His job while not as glamorous with "war stories" was far more important by supplying the advancing troops. One of the most amazing accomplishments of WWII was the Normandy beach head that was transformed into a naval supply yard using the Mulberry harbours, which were temporary floating docks. These were used to move millions of tons of supplies for the war effort.

My other relative was stationed in England during the EU part of the war, then later in Hawaii after the Japanese attacked. He was in the US military as a firefighter, and his job was about helping the citizens more than doing conventional military duties. I still have his English firefighter hat from the war. Most of his stories were from Hawaii as he helped clean up the mess. He talked about the USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, and USS Missouri. His stories about England were mostly about the volume of fires, and the destroyed buildings.

These guys saw a lot of bad things, and went through drama unlike any of us should ever have to go through...


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Cosmic Latte is a name assigned to the average color of the universe
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2017, 01:59:15 AM »
Cosmic Latte is a name assigned to the average color of the universe, given by a team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins University. In 2001, Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldry determined that the color of the universe was a greenish white, but they soon corrected their analysis in a 2002 paper,[1] in which they reported that their survey of the color of all light in the universe added up to a slightly beigeish white. The survey included more than 200,000 galaxies, and measured the spectral range of the light from a large volume of the universe. The hexadecimal RGB value for Cosmic Latte is #FFF8E7. Follow the link to read more....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_latte

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Re: Fun Fact
« Reply #20 on: June 06, 2017, 11:40:35 PM »
No Fun Fact today as its the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.

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Re: Fun Fact
« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2017, 03:08:01 AM »
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Scientists finally crack Roman concrete
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2017, 04:29:09 PM »
For centuries no one has been able to figure out what made Roman concrete last thousands of percent longer and in more extreme conditions than the modern concrete does. Even with steel reinforcement modern concrete is radically lacking compared to the historical counter part. This BBC story explains how scientists have finally cracked the ingredients and are now working on testing formula's to be able to make the goood stuff!

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40494248

For those who have brick walled houses or cracked driveways this revelation is gigantically significant. Because it means you might never have to do any maintenance on your home once this kind of cement is used. The Roman concrete has survived thousands of years without any of the steel reinforcement that we use today, and in some cases survived in radically extreme conditions like ocean walls, etc. Its an amazing concept once they can reproduce the old formula's.


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Fun Fact
« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2017, 01:04:13 AM »
Who maintains a fleet of 40 VW beetle "beach cars"? The answer is the - EAA!
They use them in place of side by sides and gators since those didn't exist when they started the Oshkosh show!
Follow the link to read the true story.

http://jalopnik.com/the-largest-airshow-in-the-world-uses-a-fleet-of-choppe-1797347583

 

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