Things That Make You Go... WTF?

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  1. escargot

    escargot Beloved of Ra

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    Techy's late father served with the Gurkhas. Apparently they used to sneak out of camp at night and quietly murder enemy sentries for fun.
     
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    maximus otter Recovering policeman

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    My dad - and every other serviceman l’ve ever talked to - loved the Gurkhas.

    In 1944-1945 dad was with 267 Squadron, Transport Command, in Burma. They were dropping supplies to troops in the jungle. Gurkhas were tasked to help load the Dakotas. Dad saw that one them was crying and asked what the problem was. The Gurkha replied that, while manhandling palletised supplies, he’d broken his treasured wristwatch. Without a thought dad removed his own watch and gave it to him as a gift.

    l’d like to think that, somewhere in Nepal, there’s an ancient, wizened old fella with a chestful of medals. On his withered wrist is a veteran Timex or Ingersoll, and - when the great-grandkids gather at his feet to hear his stories - their favourite is how the venerable warrior came by his timepiece.

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    maximus otter Recovering policeman

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    l lived on the Isle of Skye for two years. Each year there’s a hill running event there. l watched it one year. One simply runs from the Sligachan Hotel to the summit of the 2,500’ hill Glamaig and back again. The record for the round trip was held for almost a century by Harkabir Tharpa, who did it in 55 minutes. In bare feet.

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  4. Andy X

    Andy X Portent

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    A lad I knew at college worked for the Army, or MOD anyway, as a civilian, spent a lot of time with Gurkhas and made one or two observations:

    1) If a Gurkha offers you a drink, accept it. A polite refusal will not go down well.

    2) Likewise, if they invite you to share their curry you must accept or you will cause offence. The Gurkha style of butchery is fairly rustic - take your carcass (usually a goat) and hack it into chunks with one of those machete-like things - therefore the curry will likely feature more bone and possibly furry bits than you're used to. Again you have to take this in your stride or they'll think you're rejecting their hospitality. Also the curry will probably blow your head off.

    3) And slightly oddly he mentioned that they tend to take things very literally. An example he gave (although this would never happen in reality) was to imagine a Gurkha on parade with dirty boots. When told to go back to barracks and clean them he'd be likely do just that and then await further orders. To avoid misunderstandings he should be told to go back, clean the boots and then come back.

    I'm not sure I see his point - isn't that just being very good at obeying orders?
     
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    Comfortably Numb Day Tripper

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    Just reminded myself of a documentary watched a few years back.

    It was about those who - profoundly unauthorised - climb bridges, tower cranes, etc. just for the challenge and maybe take some video/photographs of their 'accomplishments' to prove same.

    Documentary featured a young English guy involved with this, who travels to Russia, intent on meeting an 'underground legend' of the genre.

    Said Russian 'legend' challenges him to an astonishing dare. Our visitor is not sure about this one at all, however is compelled to accept the challenge.

    Last image I recall is the Russian guy hanging off the end of an enormous crane boom, at considerable height, holding on with one hand...

    An absolute what the...

    Anyone maybe recognise this?
     
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    Browsing some old photographs, trying to archive, clear down, as you do, then came across this old screenshot I'd simply taken then and there, 'for the record'.

    Completely had forgotten about this and will back up the authenticity:

    View attachment 12277
     
  7. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Error on that screenshot.
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    escargot Beloved of Ra

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    Heard this recently. It's come via a professional (NHS) midwife.

    When a baby is born every aspect of his or her physical condition is assessed, including their eyes. Their eyes are examined and their pupils' response to bright light is recorded.

    A mother whose newborn baby had passed all the tests asked a nurse to help her clean Baby's sticky eyes. When the nurse began gently wiping the baby's eyelids with cotton wool or whatever, she felt nothing underneath.

    The baby had been born without eyes. Someone had checked the baby over as usual and recorded that his or her eyes were functioning perfectly when they weren't even there. Someone's getting the sack!
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    JamesWhitehead Piffle Prospector

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    Maybe the eyes were still in that! :eek:
     
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    Swifty doesn't negotiate with terriers

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    Excellent WTF proposal video .. two blokes get into an argument over dog shit behind them. :popc:

     
  14. Comfortably Numb

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    Not from that documentary - surely has to be the same Russian guy though.

    What the......

     
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    Swifty doesn't negotiate with terriers

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    Jesus Christ .. just watching that has made my legs go weak ..
     
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    I need to find that documentary.

    Looks like this is the same stunt he encourages our intrepid aficionado from the UK to undertake.

    It's come back to mind that the outcome is quite phenomenal.
     
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    'Mustang Wanted'.... For sure, that's the guy...

     
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  18. Swifty

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    They're pavement pizzas waiting to happen IMO.
     
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    cycleboy2 Abominable Snowman

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    kamalktk Justified & Ancient

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    Current news item - 'Giant Python Drops in at Bank Staff Meeting in China':

     
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    She might have bought a bigger bath though, poor guy in the second image can hardly fit in. :dunno:

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  25. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Do people pay her for this?
    Or does she do it for some strange pleasure?
     
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    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

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    ... and do they all know they're being photographed and the photographs are being publicly disseminated?
     
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    .. and why is there rope on the floor in the above picture ?
     
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    .. and who's taking the pictures ?
     
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    I profoundly understand this connection with the Gurkhas and thought the following might be of interest to you.

    Just look it up online at pinterest.com.

    It's a wonderful little archive and then expansive if you click on the images.

    As I expect you might know, a Google search under '267 squadron' exhibits considerable, related, historical insight.

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