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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1530 on: June 26, 2014, 05:14:16 am »
That's the next purchase.  And then....a poster that uses black light...I'm thinking Easy Rider.  I had one of those in my room when I was in HS.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1531 on: June 26, 2014, 06:25:08 am »
I had a Lamborghini Countach and a Farrah Fawcett poster in my dorm room. Wasn't allowed posters at home in HS.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1532 on: June 26, 2014, 08:16:47 am »
I had a Lamborghini Countach and a Farrah Fawcett poster in my dorm room. Wasn't allowed posters at home in HS.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1533 on: June 26, 2014, 08:36:56 am »
That's the next purchase.  And then....a poster that uses black light...I'm thinking Easy Rider.  I had one of those in my room when I was in HS.


You really need a Keep On Truckin poster.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1534 on: June 27, 2014, 06:58:39 am »
I went to the local super mall yesterday, first time in YEARS that I've been in any mall (I needed to buy two new batteries for my truck at Sears).

Holy ****! I'm SO glad that my wife and I only have sons and no daughters!

I'm amazed at the way some of these young teenage girls dress!  :o  They look like a bunch of prostitutes!

I would NEVER in a million years let my daughter (if I had one) leave the house looking that way.    >:(
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1535 on: June 27, 2014, 09:11:04 am »
Yeah, I also have two sons (30 and 27) and well remember THEM going to the mall- the girls were impressively dressed (is that really dressed?) back then too.

As our society has become more permissive, the people's overall behavior has become truly impressive. Look at what young female media stars do to get 'ink' (publicity) these days.... the gentlest way I can put it is.... upskirt shots.  ::) :o >:(   Hey, we're old and not with the times to be sure but I do not think I could maintain a decent relationship with a daughter that did some of the things young females are doing today in public, for money. I guess today it is called being 'famous'; when I grew up we had a very different name for that.

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I went to the local super mall yesterday, first time in YEARS that I've been in any mall (I needed to buy two new batteries for my truck at Sears).

Holy ****! I'm SO glad that my wife and I only have sons and no daughters!

I'm amazed at the way some of these young teenage girls dress!  :o  They look like a bunch of prostitutes!

I would NEVER in a million years let my daughter (if I had one) leave the house looking that way.    >:(
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1536 on: June 28, 2014, 10:57:49 am »
To get this thread back OFFTOPIC....

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, up to late 1944, the highest officer's rank in the armed forces of the US was General or Admiral, both 4- star ranks. At the end of 1944, congress passed legislation to create another rank, one with five stars. In most other western countries, this rank is termed 'Marshal', 'Field Marshal' or similar. It was considered in the US but rejected because the first person selected for this new rank was General George C. Marshall and giving him the official title "Marshal Marshall" was thought to be in poor taste. So the rank was named "General of the Army" and "Fleet Admiral" and "General of the Air Force", depending on branch of service of course, instead.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1537 on: June 28, 2014, 02:19:54 pm »
That is a cool piece of trivia I never knew. Thanks Brian.

To get this thread back OFFTOPIC....

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, up to late 1944, the highest officer's rank in the armed forces of the US was General or Admiral, both 4- star ranks. At the end of 1944, congress passed legislation to create another rank, one with five stars. In most other western countries, this rank is termed 'Marshal', 'Field Marshal' or similar. It was considered in the US but rejected because the first person selected for this new rank was General George C. Marshall and giving him the official title "Marshal Marshall" was thought to be in poor taste. So the rank was named "General of the Army" and "Fleet Admiral" and "General of the Air Force", depending on branch of service of course, instead.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1538 on: June 29, 2014, 09:43:03 am »
Great- maybe you will like today's useless piece of information.... :-)

So who was the highest ranking officer ever in the US military? The answer is short, the reason for it is a little longer.

Before the 20 century the answer is sketchy due to the various ranks, terms and qualifiers. From 1919 it was John J. Pershing ('Black Jack' Pershing although that was a much- softened version of his nickname and it was quite derogatory). But then in 1976, George Washington became the highest ranking US military officer ever. Kinda' funny, huh?

So it goes like this: after the first World War, Pershing was given the rank "General of the Armies" (note the plural) and it was considered the equivalent of a six- star general. This meant he clearly out- ranked Washington and all that served before himself. Then in 1976, Congress passed a bill making Washington General of the Armies also but given his earlier promotion, he would effective out rank Pershing.

Pershing was given the choice of the what insignia to use- he chose to wear the four stars of a full general but in gold rather than silver to denote the different rank.

Brian

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1539 on: June 29, 2014, 11:18:04 am »
Never knew that.   :finger_fing11:
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1540 on: June 30, 2014, 07:22:06 am »
So I wonder why they didn't give Pershing the title Field Marshal.

Great- maybe you will like today's useless piece of information.... :-)

So who was the highest ranking officer ever in the US military? The answer is short, the reason for it is a little longer.

Before the 20 century the answer is sketchy due to the various ranks, terms and qualifiers. From 1919 it was John J. Pershing ('Black Jack' Pershing although that was a much- softened version of his nickname and it was quite derogatory). But then in 1976, George Washington became the highest ranking US military officer ever. Kinda' funny, huh?

So it goes like this: after the first World War, Pershing was given the rank "General of the Armies" (note the plural) and it was considered the equivalent of a six- star general. This meant he clearly out- ranked Washington and all that served before himself. Then in 1976, Congress passed a bill making Washington General of the Armies also but given his earlier promotion, he would effective out rank Pershing.

Pershing was given the choice of the what insignia to use- he chose to wear the four stars of a full general but in gold rather than silver to denote the different rank.

Brian

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1541 on: June 30, 2014, 07:34:06 am »
Update to my post above...

I replaced the original two batteries in my Silverado, they were both 11 years old. One was actually still good but the other was not and it was draining the good battery. The bad battery was the one that was in the hotter of the two locations under the hood.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1542 on: June 30, 2014, 08:37:20 am »
I do not know but I would suspect that it was done right at the end of WWI when all things German fell into disfavor. The term Field Marshal would have been most closely associated with Germans at that time, and even perhaps today.

Hey, that reminds me of more useless trivia:  One of the most popular dog breeds is the German Shepherd Dog (I believe the only dog to actually have the word 'dog' in its name) and it has been since the breed's development at the turn of the 20th century. As already mentioned, after both World Wars, lots of things associated with Germans or Germany fell into disfavor. So the German Shepherd Dog has yet another name- it is also called an Alsatian. This was the conjeured up name to prevent a very popular dog breed from falling out of popularity just because of its name.

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So I wonder why they didn't give Pershing the title Field Marshal.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1543 on: June 30, 2014, 10:03:19 am »
I have one more Dog Breed to add.

The American Eskimo Dog is a breed of companion dog originating in Germany. The American Eskimo is a member of the Spitz family. Despite its name and appearance, the American Eskimo dog is not from Alaska; the dog's heritage is traced back to Northern Europe. The breed's progenitors were German Spitz, but due to anti-German prejudice during the First World War, it was renamed "American Eskimo Dog". Although modern American Eskimos have been exported as German Spitz Gross (or Mittel, depending on the dog's height), the breed standards are actually significantly different. In addition to serving as a watchdog and companion, the American Eskimo dog also achieved a high degree of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s United States as a circus performer.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1544 on: July 03, 2014, 07:18:13 am »
Because tomorrow is 4 July, today's trivia is about a Frenchman.... (wait, it turns out OK).

Marquis de Lafayette was an aristocrat born in France to nobility. Despite that, he was very much taken with the American Revolution, the founding fathers and the spirit of the new country. He fought in the revolution as a major general and was a hero of both the American revolution as well as the French revolution shortly afterward. He gained American citizenship while here and when he died he was given the same honors as Washington and Adams had received upon their deaths. Lafeyette was buried in Paris, France, under soil from Bunker Hill, MA, USA (the site of a famous American revolutionary battle, more or less (OK, it was Breed's hill but hey, history is full of 'close enough')).

This bond between the Americans and Lafayette is so great that when some of the first Americans arrived in France upon the US's entry into World War I, at a point when the country of France had been bled nearly white, the American Colonel Charles Stanton (nephew of A. Lincoln's Secratary of War) visited Lafayette's tomb on July 4, 1917, and said:

“America has joined forces with the Allied Powers, and what we have of blood and treasure are yours. Therefore it is that with loving pride we drape the colors in tribute of respect to this citizen of your great republic. And here and now, in the presence of the illustrious dead, we pledge our hearts and our honor in carrying this war to a successful issue. Lafayette, we are here.” 

And placed an American flag at Lafayette's tomb. That flag has been changed daily ever since, always standing over the grave from that day forward, even during the German occupation of Paris from 1940 to 1944.

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