Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Francis II, King of France and possible 16th century pimp

"Bitch better have my money."
I regret nothing about this post. Nothing.

Picture via Wikipedia. Questionable fashion decisions by Francis II of France.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Holy crap, this B-17 ticked off the wrong German

I don't think duct tape is going to fix that...
And I didn't notice until now, but there's a Browning M2 .50 cal hanging from the plane like a chunk of meat hanging from a flap of skin. Holy crap. According to the caption that went with this picture on Wikipedia, the bombardier didn't survive the mission. Well, duh. Wolverine from the X-Men probably wouldn't have survived that. But in all seriousness, I can't believe that the pilot and co-pilot survived such a hit. No wonder they called them Flying Fortresses.

Picture via Wikipedia.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Paraguay still has M3 Stuart tanks

So, it all started with a post on The Wars of Pooch about a game of Flames of War involving New Zealanders in Italy against Germans. Well, the Kiwis were using three M3 Stuart Light Tanks and as is my want, I ended up on Wikipedia reading about the Stuarts. I already knew about them. Not a lot, but they weren't new to me. That's when I saw something that made me do a double take. Apparently, Paraguay's army still uses Stuarts and M4 Shermans. At first, I thought it was BS, since that bit of info had a [citation needed] tagged on at the end, so I looked up the article about the Paraguayan Army and that's when I facepalmed. They do indeed have twelve Stuarts (of which, only six still work) and three Shermans.

M3 Stuart Light Tank.
Holy crap. I know a lot of third and second world countries rely on older military vehicles, since they can't afford more up-to-date stuff, but Stuarts from World War II? Tanks from World War II? I did some checking and according to Wikipedia, a T-72 tank costs like one or two million dollars and their military budget is about $248 million. Maybe Paraguay can do a fundraiser on Kickstarter or IndieGoGo and raise money to buy tanks that aren't over sixty years old?

God, I hope they don't expect those things to actually hold up against an invasion. Paraguay, guys, be nice to your neighbors! Then again, I just read that they've only ever been in two wars, the last of which was the Chaco War in the 30s, so they should be okay.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Though, I'm not entirely sure why they made a holiday in honor of that movie. Personally, I thought it was sub-par.