Condoned by Congress, The USS Comfort Carried Captured Camels

In 1855, Congress approved a plan developed by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis to import camels as pack animals for the U.S. Army operating in the American Southwest.

The camels were also considered for use as a long-range mounted force that could drive “hostile Indians out of the country.” The storeship USS Supply was refitted with special hatches, stables, hoists and a “camel car” for the sole purpose of loading and transporting dromedaries.

Once the first herd of camels was obtained in North Africa, Supply [w]as further modified to compensate for the towering humps of the camels by cutting away part of the main deck. The camels were delivered to Texas where their potential was recognized but the plan was never fully implemented due to the advent of the Civil War.

So instead of wasting them, the U.S. Army sold the camels to zoos. TRUE

[Image and story found here. More about the Camel Corps here.]

Big Little Green Army Men

Green Army Men

Yeah, we had ’em.

We’d split them up, Germans vs. Allies, set them up in the dirt, then each of us would shoot rubber bands at the opponent’s “army.” If the rubber band knocked over a soldier, he was taken off of the battlefield as KIA.

If you shot a rubber band off your thumb, hit or miss, it became part of your opponent’s arsenal. If you were a good shot but too aggressive, you might run out of rubberband ammo and lose the battle. Strategy & Tactics for 8 year old boys.

[Found here, via here.]

Saturday Matinee – Didgeridoo, Drums, Piano & Music Theory

How to play the didgeridoo.

How to play the drums.

How to play piano.

How to sing a Christmas Song.

Now all that’s left is to figure out how to get you back here tomorrow. Have a great weekend.

Welcome to The WTF Army

Shut up and pay attention, dork.
You ride in the back.
Rolling in five minutes.
I thought I told you to shut up.

[Found here.]

[Update: I’ve been informed that she’s Tank Girl. I’m so not worthy.]

Saturday Matinee: “What the Duck?”

Waddlin’, waddlin’, waddlin’, Though the pond is coddlin’
Keep them duckies waddlin’, Raw Duck!
Rain and wind and weather, Hell-bent in feather,
Wishin’ my gal was by my side.
All the things I’m missin’, Good vittles, love, and kissin’,
Are waiting at the end of my ride.

Cull ’em out, pluck ’em off, pluck ’em off, cull ’em out
Cull ’em out, pluck ’em off, Raw Duck

Dress ’em up, lay ’em down, lay ’em down, baste ’em up
Make sure the oven’s preheated to 375 because no one likes

Raw Duck!

from posted with vodpod

Being a duckboy is hard work. Here’s more proof:

This Duck needs no introduction:

Finally, here’s an Odd Duck. Democrat presidential candidate and zen master, Alaska’s former Senator Mike Gravel has the most bizarre political non-political ad I’ve ever seen, and it creeps me out a little:

We assume the message is “Don’t mess with Gravel. He’ll mess up your pond reflections.”

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