Sep 21, 2005 Heard of the term Jack of the Dust? The Ship's Baker! Given because the person could have such a covering of flour dust while working as to make them unrecognizable. A good night baker can have a big affect on ship morale. Can you still smell the fresh bread and sticky buns in the morning Sep 20, 2005 World War II Factoid: Most members of the Waffen SS were not German. Sep 19, 2005 So where does the computer term "bug" come from? In 1945, Navy Lt. Grace Murray Hopper was working on the Harvard University Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator when the computer began to have problems. An investigation later showed that there was a moth trapped inside the computer. Operators removed the moth and affixed it to the log. The entry reads: "First actual case of bug being found," coining the term we use today. Sep 18, 2005 An 'abatis' is a type of what? Line of defense. It is a defensive obstacle using fallen trees placed on top of each other with branches, sometimes sharpened, facing the enemy. Sep 17, 2005 One of Japan's methods of destroying tanks was to bury a very large artillery shell with only the nose exposed. When a tank came near enough a soldier would whack the shell with a hammer. "Lack of weapons is no excuse for defeat." -- LtGen. Mutaguchi Sep 16, 2005 Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first U.S. President to travel by air while in office. Since then, an executive aircraft has been a necessity for the Presidency. Sep 15, 2005 World War II: Actor Norman Shelley impersonated Winston Churchill in a BBC recording of a 1942 speech. Winston had said "I am rather busy, get an actor to do it". Sep 14, 2005 During the second world war, over 56,000 carrier pigeons were sent into action with some of them actually receiving medals of bravery. Sep 13, 2005 Germany's power grid was much more vulnerable than realized. One estimate is that if just 1% of the bombs dropped on German industry had instead been dropped on power plants German industry would have collapsed. Sep 12, 2005 World War II: The only nation that Germany declared war on was the USA. Sep 11, 2005 Camp David, the U.S. Presidential retreat, was originally established as "Shangri-La" by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was later renamed by Dwight Eisenhower. He named the retreat, Camp David, after his grandson. In May 1943, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain became the first foreign visitor hosted at Camp David. Sep 10, 2005 The very last Roman soldier left Great Britain in 407 AD. Sep 09, 2005 When the US Army landed in North Africa, among the equipment brought ashore were 3 complete Coca-Cola bottling plants. Why? Because the water was disgusting. Imagine drinking water that tasted much like that of your local swimming pool. Soldiers simply favored drinking Coca-Cola. In 1939, Coca Cola only had 5 overseas bottling plants. By 1945, they had 64. Sep 08, 2005 During World War II, a number of air crewman died of farts (ascending to 20,000 ft. in an unpressurized aircraft causes intestinal gas to expand 300%). Sep 07, 2005 During the Civil War, regiments of women followed General Joseph Hooker's Army of the Potomac. These female 'camp-followers' became known as 'Hooker's girls', coining the popular colloquialism for prostitutes: hookers. Sep 06, 2005 'Doughboy' was the nickname given to a member of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. Prior to The Great War, the colloquialism had referred only to an infantryman, but it expanded to include any member of the American armed forces. The actual origin of the term 'Doughboy' is still debated within both US historical and military circles. Sep 05, 2005 On January 5th, 1776, New Hampshire became the first state to adopt a state constitution. Sep 04, 2005 The first shot of WWII was fired from the German battleship 'Schleswig Holstein' which was on an official visit to Poland. The ship was berthed in Danzig harbor and at 4:47 am on September 1, 1939, as the ship moved slowly down the Port Canal and took up position opposite the Westerplatte (an area containing Polish troop barracks and workshops), the order to 'Fire' was given. Sep 03, 2005 The "shot heard 'round the world" was fired at which battle? Lexington & Concord. Sep 02, 2005 Landmines killed, wounded or maimed more people in Chechnya in 2002 than in any other region of the world. Sep 01, 2005 From a Dutch word meaning "pirate", many people know the word "filibuster" to mean: the use of tactics to delay legislative action. Many don't realize that adventurers participating in quasi-military expeditions were also known as filibusters. Discuss?