In Turkmenistan, colors themselves are considered state enemies. Only white cars are allowed in the capital. Cars that are not white are forbidden from the streets of Ashgabat, the non-white vehicles taken from the owners as hostages and forcibly painted white no matter what. unusualtraveler.com/visit…
In admiralty law, pirates are "hostis humani generis" (Latin for "enemy of mankind"), because they are viewed as waging a private war against all nations in a space (the sea) where cooperation should be the rule en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hos…
The early 2000’s pop-punk band Lit (best known for β€œMy Own Worst Enemy”) is now a blues-country band. youtu.be/2eK3SlWgK3s
UK's highest-paid entertainer in WW2, George Formby, went to Normandy after the landings, & gave 9 shows to frontline troops who’d held out for 56 days without relief, his audience in foxholes. He also crawled through trenches to tell jokes when the enemy was too close for a show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about Kurt Lee, who was the first Asian (US) Marine Corps officer, when fighting in the Korean War used his Mandarin language skills to confuse the enemy soldiers and infiltrate their positions during the battles around Inchon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
In WW2 they used special smoke screens that were that were half a mile long and hundreds of feet tall to hide ships and blimps from enemies. youtube.com/watch?v=fJr9f…
Japanese warrior named Saitō Musashibō Benkei is said to have killed in excess of 300 trained soldiers by himself while defending a bridge. He was so fierce in close quarters that his enemies were forced to kill him with a volley of arrows. He died standing upright. military.wikia.org/wiki/B…
Today I learned about Spolia Opima, the rarest and highest military prize in Ancient Rome, where a general personally killed an enemy general in combat and stripped him of his armor. This happened only 3 times in the history of Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
Bagpipes were the only musical instrument deemed a weapon of war by the courts because it inspired troops to battle and instilled terror into the enemy. melaniejackson.com/bagpip…
Today I learned of Margaret Corbin. During the battle of Fort Washington, her husband fell in action. She took control of the cannon and fired well aimed shots at the enemy before being seriously wounded. She later became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Gypsy Moths aren't native to North America. They were brought here by an artist who wanted to breed a more hardy silk worm. It has no natural enemies in North America and Defoliates over a million acres a year. fyi.extension.wisc.edu/gy…
During WWI, The British would send decoy Merchant β€˜Q-Ships’ to known areas of U-Boat activity. When the U-Boats surfaced, the β€˜crew’, would make a show of abandoning ship. Suddenly the Q-ship's panels would drop to reveal hidden deck guns, which would then open fire, sinking the enemy vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q-s…
Despite being seriously ill at the siege of Acre in the Third Crusade, Richard I, better known as Richard the Lionheart, had his men carry him on a stretcher on the front lines so he could shoot enemies on the walls of the city with his crossbow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Today I learned of "Barcode Battler", a handheld game released in 1991. The β€œbarcode gaming system” came with a variety of cards containing barcodes; each representing a player, enemy or powerup. Players could also experiment to find barcode monsters from everyday products like food and cleaning supplies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned about Ernst Thalmann, a German socialist politician who downplayed the rise of Nazism because he thought centrism was the real enemy. When the Nazis came to power, they imprisoned him in a concentration camp, destroyed his political party, and finally killed him ten years later. britannica.com/biography/…
The Soviets manufactured multiple weapons for Space Warfare, such as the Polyus Orbital Weapons system, a modified 23mm Rikhter Cannon attached to the Space Station Almaz, and a laser powered handgun for blinding enemy satellites, should the Cold War ever spread to space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
One Canadian tank, nicknamed "Bomb," never missed a day of service from when it landed in Normandy on D-Day until the surrender of Germany, firing over 6,000 rounds and taking two enemy hits across France, Belgium, and the Netherlands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
In the Rage Against the Machine song β€œKnow Your Enemy”, Maynard James Keenan of Tool sings the β€œI got no patience now” bridge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kno…
Theodore Roosevelt is the only US president to have received the Medal of Honor: Teddy charged towards an enemy trench (reaching it first of his comrades) on horseback while being under fire, being the most important target, where he killed an enemy, which turned a war in America's favor. defense.gov/Explore/Featu…
Georgia (United States) was colonized and established in 1732 to serve as a protective buffer for South Carolina against enemies like the Spanish in Florida and the French in Louisiana. loc.gov/classroom-materia…
Part of the motivation for European exploration of the world, besides gauging the strength of the Muslim enemy and finding the source of the spice trade, was to establish contact with the elusive Christian rulers that were thought to inhabit the vast interior of the Asian continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
The earliest known incident of biological warfare occurred around the 1330s BCE when the Hittites intentionally sent disease-ridden donkeys and rams to a civilization they wanted to attack in order to weaken their enemies abc.net.au/science/articl…
The most skilled sniper in all of World War I was a Canadian Indigenous man, Francis Pegahmagabow. He had 378 confirmed kills, captured over 300 enemy soldiers, and spent his post-war life fighting for Indigenous rights. He remains the most decorated Indigenous soldier in Canadian history. youtube.com/watch?v=kYzDB…
RMS Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic and the only civilian class vessel to sink an enemy warship in World War 1 by tearing open a German U-boat's pressure hull with it's propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
Today I learned about Captain Eric Brown, a WW2 Royal Navy test pilot, who had flown 487 different types of aircraft, including captured enemy aircraft. He also still holds the record for the most carrier deck landings and take offs and many aviation firsts such as first jet landing on a carrier deck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Today I learned about Carlos Hathcock, the white feather, A sniper for the marines. In one particularly dangerous mission, he crawled over 1,500 meters over 4 days and 3 nights with no sleep to assassinate a NVA general. Multiple times during his crawl he was only a few feet away from patrolling enemy soldiers blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7358…
Certain ant species commit suicide to protect their territory. As stinging wasn't effective against some predators, they evolved the ability to self-sacrifice to kill one or more enemies. They wrap themselves around an opponent & explodes, releasing sticky corrosive material killing both. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
In WW2, US used Native Americans for message encryption. They were called "code talkers" as they simply talked in their native language for transmitting the messages. This allowed fast communication over open channels as enemy was unable to break this code. Was crucial in winning the war. britannica.com/topic/code…
Despite being enemies, Germany traded optical glass to Britain in exchange for rubber during the First World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The Red Baron, bleeding out in a field from a fatal wound from Australian machine-gun Fire, uttered his last words in-front of enemy soldiers. His last word was β€˜Kaput’ translated to English which means β€˜Broken’. kumc.edu/wwi/biography/re…
"Charlie" as used to refer to enemies in movies like Forrest Gump comes from the spoken alphabet, where the words "Victor Charlie" meant the letters VC = Viet Cong. As this was used a lot in radio communications, over time it became shortened to just "Charlie". elrelojdesol.com/en/jihad…
Brewer & Shipley with their hit "One Toke Over the Line" was labeled "subersives" by then Vice President Spiro Agnew and landed on Nixon's Enemies list, a badge of honor they wear proudly to this day brewerandshipley.com/Misc…
Today I learned about Charles Liteky, the only Medal of Honor recipient to return the medal. He saved 20 wounded soldiers, while he was an unarmed chaplain, during intense enemy fire, in 1967. He ultimately chose to return the honor in 1986, as protest of US policies in Central America. Citation in comments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In the 14th century, ships would catapult beehives onto the decks of enemy ships to clear the way for boarding parties history.com/news/insects-…
Today I learned about Jael, an Israelite woman who murdered the enemy Canaanite King Sisera by stabbing a tent peg through his head ospreyobserver.com/2018/0…
Today I learned of the 18 British K-class submarines built, none were lost through enemy action, but 6 sank, with significant loss of life, in accidents. When their design had been proposed, 1 admiral had said 'the most fatal error imaginable would be to put steam engines in submarines.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The second verse of "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy is written in dactylic hexameter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dac…
Formica archboldi ants, native to Florida, collect the skulls of their enemies, in particular, species of trap-jaw ant heads. They subdue their victims by spraying their enemies with toxic acid. It is suspected that this gathering has something to do with mimicking the scent of their prey. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned of Patrick Tadina a 30yr Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam. Due to his completion & small size he could often pass as Vietcong while wearing pajamas & sandals to get within feet of the enemy. He earned two silver stars & 10 bronze stars, 7 with valor. stripes.com/news/patrick-…
During the Yom Kippur War, two damaged Israeli tanks engaged approximately 150 enemy tanks. During 30-hour tank battle, the two tanks knocked out over 60 tanks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Today I learned of a 1972 CIA project to wiretap enemy phone lines deep within North Vietnam. The helicopter used in the operation, developed at Area 51, was the quietest ever built. In the dead of night, its pilots flew 100-200 feet above North Vietnamese farmers and anti-aircraft guns without being detected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The common claim that the majority of soldiers in WW2 never fired their weapons or deliberately aimed above the enemy's heads (because they did not want to kill) is based on now-discredited research. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
United States Army had a tactical deception unit called "Ghost Army" during the WW2, it consisted of 1100 soldiers, their job was to deceive the enemy by inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
European Crusaders and the Mongols tried to form an alliance against their common enemy, the Muslims, but it never worked out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Ancient Mesopotamians had written accounts of solider PTSD dating to the Assyrian dynasty (1300-609 BC). They believed the disorder was caused by the spirits of enemies whom the patient had killed during battle researchgate.net/publicat…
Gold coins are carried by elite military units as emergency currency in war and conflict situations behind enemy lines bullionstar.com/blogs/ron…
Today I learned of NUTS, a competing theory to MAD which claims that limited nuclear exchanges can take place without escalating into total annihilation; therefore, nuclear first strikes against enemy states should be considered a viable option. It was adopted by the US in the 1980s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
The Pentagon Building has no marble within it. This is because the Pentagon was built during WW2 amd the source of Marble for the government which was Italy was considered an enemy nation. flightlines.airforcetimes…
In 1990, Katya Mayorova was crowned as "Miss KGB", the world's only holder of a security services beauty title. She was described as "wearing her bulletproof vest with an exquisite softness", with one of her many charms "her ability to deliver a karate kick to her enemy's head" rbth.com/history/332286-m…
In both World Wars, allies ships were painted with bright black and white lines. This was designed as the "opposite of camouflage." It was supposed to confused the enemy, mask their direction, and hide their speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daz…

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