fly dudes

anonymous asked:

high key can u give me a rundown of ur fav wacky wwii shenanigans

Okay friends today we are gonna learn about the GHOST ARMY, which, disappointingly, was not actually an army made of ghosts

pictured: the unit patch for the Ghost Army, which is DOPE AS FUCK



see one of the things that made WWII so fucking nuts was the totally bizarre level of technology. Like wow we invented the first real computer and radar but also if you wanted to see how many troops were hanging out somewhere you had to send a dude to fly over and take pictures manually??? this left A LOT of room for shenanigans


so the normal method of dealing with aerial surveillance was to cover shit with camouflage netting. Say you’ve got an nice air base that you really don’t want any bombs dropped on- you literally just cover that with a ludicrous amount of netting and some fake trees and BAM now it looks like just an empty field from the air

there’s a building under that weird lump


that’s cool! That’s really cool! But not cool enough


At some point somebody sat down and went “hey wait. What if…what if instead of disguising buildings and units as fields, we disguise fields as units”


holy fucking shit!!!


the British had used a bunch of fake tanks and like, boxes of provisions stacked up in tank shape and then covered with a tarp in 1942 during Operation Bertram and it worked really well, but they didn’t have a special unit devoted to just clowning on the Germans like that.


so the US military decides they do want a designated clowning unit and goes out and recruits a bunch of fucking nerds from all the art schools and makes them into the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops aka THE GHOST ARMY, WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU USE ANY OTHER NAME LIKE SERIOUSLY


the ghost army’s job was basically to go in, sidle up to a real unit, and then basically set up a fake version of that unit while the actual unit sneaked away to go dunk on Nazis where the Nazis weren’t expecting them


okay time to get into the really cool part of this story, which is HOW the ghost army faked being a real unit:


step 1: INFLATABLE TANKS AND AIRCRAFT OH MY GOD

that’s a big ol balloon!!!


the ghost army had a stockpile of inflatable tanks, aircraft, artillery, cars, whatever, that they would set up and then poorly cover with camouflage netting so from the air it looked like someone had just done a real shit job of hiding actual materiel. They even had dummy soldiers that they would set up to make the scene look populated, since the ghost army itself was about 1,000 dudes regularly imitating units of 30,000 men


what’s really cool is that visual deception was more than just the inflatable stuff itself. If the ghost army plopped down a balloon tank, they then also had to go out with shovels and rakes and shit to make a fake track that a real tank would have left, because it turns out tanks are really hard on your landscaping


step 2: “spoof radio”


the last couple of days before the real unit moved out, the radio operators of the ghost army would move in. see, radio transmissions were done in Morse code, and it turns out every radio operator has a slightly different “fist” when typing Morse. A “fist” is basically typing style- some people would take longer to type out certain letters or would have pauses between groups or anything like. Anybody listening to the radio transmissions who was skilled enough could tell different radio operators apart from just their fist


anyway the ghost army operators would move in and basically listen to all the real unit’s radio transmissions until they had learned the real operators’ fists. Then they would take over radio traffic, imitating that fist so it seemed like the real operator had never left. I forgot to make this section funny because I was too caught up in how rad it is SORRY


step 3: making a lot of noise


the ghost army had special trucks fitted with huge fuck off speakers and a whole library of stock sound effects. Once the real unit left and the fake unit inflated, the sound trucks would come in, select a combination of sound effects that matched the unit they were impersonating, and then played everyone in the 15 mile radius of the speakers their fire mix tape


step 4: fuckin partying!!!


see the thing about impersonating your own units is that other allied units would know about it and might talk about it where enemy collaborators could hear. So the ghost army had to fool the Germans but they also had to fool their own army. Every time they impersonated a new unit, the ghost soldiers would paint that unit’s insignia on all the fake materiel, make fake signs with the unit’s name and colors, and sew the unit’s patches on their own uniforms


once they were dressed up as soldiers from the impersonated unit, the ghost army dudes would go into town and mingle with other soldiers from actual fighting units nearby and hang out in bars while loudly saying things like “YES HELLO I AM DEFINITELY A REAL SOLDIER FROM THE WHATEVER DIVISION, ABSOLUTELY FOR REAL STATIONED ON THAT HILL OVER THERE”




so anyway this bunch of weedy American art nerds staged 20+ battlefield deceptions between 1944 and the end of the war, sometimes fooling that Germans so successfully that they actually got shelled


I'mma leave you with this quote from the book “The Ghost Army of World War II” by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, because it’s a quote from an actual member of the Ghost Army and that alone makes it funnier than anything I could ever write:

On another occasion, two Frenchmen on bicycles somehow got through the security perimeter. Shilstone managed to halt them, but not before they had seen more than they should. “What they thought they saw was four GIs picking up a forty-ton Sherman tank and turning it around. They looked at me, and they were looking for answers, and I finally said ‘The Americans are very strong.‘”

Okay so, I don’t do games/pe in school because, you know, trans boy and all that fun, and I don’t mind this, but it means that it’s pretty common that I end up sitting in the back of other teachers classrooms. And so the other day I was sitting in a junior school biology class and migration or something came up and this one kids sticks his hand in the air and looks at his teacher and goes

“Sir, did you know the sparrows fly south for winter?”

And I just have to turn around and there, on his fucking desk, is Death Bringer, and all his friends are trying their best to stiffle their laughter while the teacher is just staring at him like “Um, yes, that is in fact the entire point of this topic. Do try to keep up.” And so anyway I just discovered a gang of Skulduggery Pleasant nerds in like first year and I feel like a proud father.

Just some thoughts

Lately the social political climate of social media has been really depressing me. I don’t mean politics or current news so much as I mean the way social media swells everything to a higher degree. The fire of drama and controversy really bums me the hell out. As someone who’s been working towards bettering myself as a person whenever I can, I struggle with either wanting to say something and stick up for myself or whoever. Do the right thing, as I think is the right thing to do. Or I stay silent and let the chips fall where they may.

It’s super frustrating because all I want to do is bring good to people, to the world, to my family and friends, while making enough of a living to not worry about my financial security. With my career, I’ve done that, and continue to do so, each and every day and I’m so lucky and humbled that I’m still doing it. But the amount of bullshit I sift through all the damn time just makes me sick to my stomach.

Anyways, sorry if this ruffles any feathers of anyone, I’m just voicing thoughts. I feel like I can’t really express myself without someone calling me entitled, a millennial, a cuck, a SJW, a fat neck beard, a greedy fuck, an evil person, a youtuber who’s living the YouTube dream, someone with not a real job, and more importantly, a disappointment. None of these words or their meanings really hurt me, so much as the intent, the action, and the maliciousness behind em.

I try to present the truth all the time, give it my all, be transparent. But people don’t see it that way. So I’ll just do me. Getting lost in my train of thought. Sorry

Stay fly my dudes

ok but i need a photoset of all of Terry’s shirt n tie combinations from B99

i made some caps as i binged the show, but i’m actually considering downloading the entire show just to take caps of his suits

i mean look at this, just a few examples

good lord

and sometimes other dudes look fly too like

im truly jealous tbh look at these Men™

Synergy

Hi. I know I’ve been AWOL for like 5 months, and my excuse for that is this: I suck. Plain and simple.

Here’s a random, spontaneously written story that will hopefully suffice as an apology. It’s yet another friends-to-lovers story because I have an addiction to mass-producing this trope. I can’t be helped.


Summary: There are bad decisions. And then there’s sleeping with your best friend, who is also your other best friend’s brother, after their mother’s funeral.

Rating: M

Ok honestly the whole discourse about hamilton bootlegs is so dumb. i TOTALLY get what Lin is saying and where he is coming from. but i’ve been scrolling through the hamilton bootleg tag for like 20 minutes and all the anti-bootleg people are from NYC or at least from the states. you’re right: it is illegal. lin doesn’t like bootlegs. I get it!!! But!!! i’m from canada. For me to see hamilton, i’d have to somehow pre-buy tickets (thousands of dollars??) fly to NYC (my dudes flights out of Canada are so expensive), pay for a hotel, meals, basic costs of living, etc. and even if i decided to take my chances with the lottery, there’s no guarantee that i’d even be able to go!!!! AND I LIVE JUST NORTH OF AMERICA. think about people from europe or asia or australia. It is not unrealistic for them to want to watch a bootleg because truthfully they (and I) will probably never EVER get to see the show. Even if it does come to our city, tickets will not be more accessible. They aren’t going to be less expensive. NOT EVERYONE HAS A LOT OF MONEY PEOPLE. Theatre is so elitist and trust me, i get it. Ive seen live shows before. There’s nothing like it!!!!!! But i’m not going to deny myself the opportunity to watch hamilton because lin tabooed it sorry

Voltron age headcanons

TvTropes says that Shiro is in his ‘teens’ which means he’s only 18 or 19 which is BULLSHIT lmao.

Anyway here are my headcanons + reasoning for everyone’s ages.

  • Pidge is the youngest at around 15. Like, they look fifteen. My precious tiny baby genius who skipped a few grades and infiltrated a government institution. ( ´∀`)ノ~ ♡ 
  • Lance and Hunk are both 17, but Hunk is older by a couple months which INFURIATES Lance. You know how competitive this boy gets. Lance is also super obnoxious about being older than Pidge, he likes to say things like “when I was your age” and then gives what he calls ‘sage, nuanced wisdom’ which usually boils down to “pants are optional and I am awesome”
  • Since Lance mentioned that he and Keith were rivals, I assume that Keith was in the same year as Lance and Hunk. However, I headcanon that Keith is around 18, because he got in a lot of fights as a kid and ended up being held back in like, second grade. Lance can never know.
  • Shiro is a GROWN MAN okay, he is like 24 and already has white hairs due to his Year in Hell. I understand that the show creators want to appeal to their younger audience so they make the characters younger and more ‘relatable’ but c’mon. My dude was flying a plane to goddamn PLUTO, I’m seventeen and my mom won’t even let me walk to the grocery store. C’mon. What kind of government lets a teenager fly a ship to Pluto. Also if Shiro is only 19 then Matt must be only 18, which would mean that the entire expedition on Kerberos was comprised of like two teens and one adult. That just isn’t safe. 
  • (On a side note, I headcanon that Matt is around 22/23, has graduated from college with a degree because genius runs in the family, and snagged a spot on the Kerberos trip because his dad was the main scientist in charge. Also it wasn’t a three man expedition, it was closer to seven, Matt was the youngest and ostensibly just a lab assistant due to his age, but everyone knew he was a Smart Cookie. The other four crew members died/are missing, maybe a couple were found with the prisoners Pidge and Shiro rescued, idk I’m getting side-tracked.)
  • If we’re discounting the 10,000 years they spent asleep, Coran and Allura’s ages are a little hard to pin down. Coran at some point implies that he’s at least six hundred years old, but physically appears to in his late thirties to late forties. Let’s just say he’s physically around 43 years old so he can be a proper dad to everyone lol.
  • Allura has got to be at least 200+ years old (not to mention the 10,000 years asleep) but physically she looks like she’s around 22. I have no idea how Alteans age tbh. (Lance voice: “Have I ever mentioned that I have a thing for older women?” Everyone else: “Lance shut up oh my god”)

spajdero  asked:

How many people clapped when the plane landed?

oh my god, let me tell you, we were sitting in this long ass flight, they thanked us for flying and only one dude clapped and NOBODY joined in. It was… probably the most awkward thing ever