Taken in the aftermath of the horrific Black Saturday bush fires that hit Australia back in 2009, this adorable photo of a man (super-appropriately named David Tree) helping out a koala charmed the world. It remains an enduring image of hope, empathy, and, above all, wuvvable-ness. There’s no way anyone could hate a volunteer firefighter tending to a cute animal after presumably rescuing it from firenado-riding Aussie death spiders, right?

Yet, somehow, that’s exactly what happened.

The public reaction to the photo was beyond negative, bordering on ferocious. Tree was mocked and insulted by a broad range of people, who accused him of various shenanigans, including but not limited to setting the photo up, abandoning the koala immediately after the picture was taken, and even flat-out neglecting his firefighting duties to mess around with some stupid animal.

Sure, Tree got positive attention too. He was honored in a multitude of ways, and even received a bronze sculpture of the photo from his hometown. However, humanity being reliably, awfully human, the statue was promptly vandalized, as was Tree’s car. The stress of the constant negative attention turned Tree into an anxious wreck. He even quit his job when his boss started to give him crap about his “koala man” status.

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anonymous asked:

Hey, I got a question. According to Geneva Convention 1929 medical personnel wasn't supposed to be seen as combatants and therefore not as POWs. Do you think medics of different countries' origins would work together (setting is WW2)?

Well, I can only suppose so. That’s an unusual situation. Allies would definitely work together, say if a British soldier encountered an American one, but add any Axis personnel in there and I get a little uncertain. Medics should know at least basic land nav, and they at least know how to use a weapon, so if absolutely necessary they can scavenge weapons from those KIA and maybe go on alone until they run into some friendlies. Obviously language barriers are also an issue, because even if you wanted to work together, without language there’s no way to reassure each other than you won’t double cross them as soon as you find your unit. But honestly, especially in WWII, the military was way more flexible, and soldiers were way more likely to do shit that seemed right rather than what is actually the right thing to do. In short, if you wrote a story about this, I’d swallow it.

The trick would be that if the party encountered any other Ally or Axis force, they would be swallowed up by the enemy and taken as a POW anyway. They would have to somehow locate the nearest unit without being discovered so that whoever’s side wasn’t discovered could make a getaway. 

Because you see, as written here, it’s true that regarding medical personnel in war, they aren’t supposed to become POWs. “If they fall into the hands of the enemy they shall not be considered as prisoners of war.” But the Geneva Convention also states that they “shall have the benefit of…neutrality.” Medics treat soldiers of either side, usually prioritizing their own. But when we captured wounded German soldiers in WWII, our medics patched them up as well, and if a German soldier is in dire condition and an Ally soldier is hardly wounded, they’d probably treat the German first. So I should say that a medic can’t be taken as a POW necessarily, but if they’re lost and picked up by an enemy unit, the enemy might persuade or intimidate the medic into treating the enemy wounded during their stay. It’s possible that the enemy unit would then return the medic at the soonest convenience, or else just let them go on wandering until they find someone. They could also attempt to use the person as a bargaining chip, unofficially.

Or…you know…they could shoot them and no one would be any the wiser. A lot of people do things they aren’t supposed to in war. 

-Spc. Kingsley

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