What have you learned about WW2 recently?

Discussion in 'General' started by dbf, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    It would have broken the UN charter in any case - indeed it would have broken the League of Nations rules - buying a country would mean effectively changing the nationality of its inhabitants without their consent - treating them like serfs. Same applies today.
     
  2. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    US has thought about it many times.

    Proposals for the United States to purchase Greenland - Wikipedia
     
  3. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

  4. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    What is Neuschwabenland and Reichsflugscheiben?
     
  5. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    A somewhat alien concept!
     
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  6. canuck

    canuck Closed Account


    I've never really viewed Texas as being all that big. I think we could fit 2 of that state into Ontario alone.
     
  7. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    Really???
    anything you need to know about these fairy tales for adults:
    Nazi UFOs - Wikipedia
    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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  8. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    Well they thought that they were big, and were proud of it. Everything's bigger in Texas how they say. It was the biggest state in the union until Alaska came to town.
     
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  9. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    Nope. Never heard of the terms.
     
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I read that & had to google it.


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  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

     
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  12. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    Thanks Owen.
    That clarifies it. It is 1.54, not the 2.00 I suggested.
    I stand corrected.
     
  13. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    I found out why Russian cigarettes always looked half squashed when they smoked them.

    This design of proto-cigarette is referred to as Papirosi in Russian to distinguish them from cigarettes proper [also: Papirossy, Papierossi, Papyrosi. Papirosi]. At the time of its design cigarettes were smoked using a cigarette holder, for which the cardboard tube substitutes. In the Soviet Union before the war, there were only Papirosi, no cigarettes.

    The Belomorkanal Papirosi was supplied in a printed cardboard box made from the kind of cardboard used in lavatory paper rolls in the West. The smoker removed a cigarette from the box and began his enjoyment with an extensive tap of the cigarette to compact the tobacco in the end of the cigarette and remove any loose tobacco from the tube, to prevent it falling into his mouth. After the tapping ceremony, he would crush the end of the cardboard tube flat, as if placed between his teeth. Between the now flat end of the tube, and the tobacco at the business end of the cigarette was the uncrushed section of cardboard tube. This he crushes in a vertical direction giving the cigarette a distinctive profile. The tube is crushed in two directions to prevent any loosened tobacco from entering the mouth of the smoker while the cigarette is being smoked. With the ceremony of the crushing of the cardboard tube complete, the smoker is ready to light the cigarette.

    http://mitteleuropa.ihostfull.com/tech_tabak.html?i=1
     
  14. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    Possibly why Stalin seems to have preferred a pipe :rolleyes:
     
  15. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    Possibly why Stalin seems to have preferred a pipe :rolleyes:
     
  16. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    I've learned that on July 28, 1943 that FDR announced the end of coffee rationing would go into effect immediately. During the rationing period, each person was limited to one pound of coffee every five weeks since rationing began in November of 1942. Not sure why the decision was made to end coffee rationing was made. Maybe there was so much inventory on hand that the warehouses were stuffed to the gills, and the need to free up space for other commodities was needed. Or just maybe FDR wanted to avoid surly and cranky people who desperately needed their coffee fix in the mornings. Who knows.
     
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  17. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    You may be right. Coffee rationing was introduced because of the pressure on shipping due to U boat successes in the Caribbean (Brazil actually had a huge coffee surplus available) but it has been said to have the the most unpopular (and most complained about) rationing measure in the USA and FDR already had one eye on the next election. It was certainly the first item off ration. Improved USN anti submarine tactics and the use of rail transport from S America may also have had something to do with it. One effect was that the amount of coffee drunk in the USA went down but the quality of the coffee drunk went up as import quotas were imposed on the weight of coffee not the quality or price so that roasters imported higher quality beans.
     
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  18. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    I remember my grandparents and parents occasionally making chicory and postum instead of coffee. That might be a remnant of rationing in the US. I never tried either though. Didn't smell very good as I recall.
     
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  19. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    Probably related to the current logic of liquor stores being classed as essential services.
     
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  20. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    They still make chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter. Locally (in Nola) it's pretty popular. It's a different taste than regular coffee though. I don't drink coffee, so rationing it wouldn't bother me at all. It was something else to be traded I guess. I'm sure some of the more unscrupulous types had a thriving business going on the black market over this and other items.
     

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