Yisrael Kristal, Once The World's Oldest Man, Had His Bar Mitzvah At Age 113
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In March 2016, a Polish-born Israeli man named Yisrael Kristal was declared by Guinness World Records as the oldest living man on Earth. Later that same year, Kristal finally got around to something that was put off for a whole century: his bar mitzvah. In November 2016, the 113-year-old man celebrated the Jewish coming-of-age ritual exactly 100 years late. Better (very, very) late than never, huh?
Razzle Dazzle Camouflage Made WWI Ships Psychedelic
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Imagine you're a sailor on a military ship during a world war. Armed enemies are closing in, and your ship is the target of their weaponry. Would you want to be in a ship that was painted with psychedelic swirls and designs in loud colors? For the U.S. military in WWI, the answer was yes. This is "razzle dazzle" camouflage, and boldly contrasting the ocean's waves was exactly the point.
Cher Ami: The American War Hero Carrier Pigeon
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Cher Ami is the name of an American hero, a hero that just so happened to be a carrier pigeon. Cher Ami flew 12 missions during World War I, saving 194 American lives. In 1918, the U.S. Army's 77th infantry division was stuck behind enemy lines, and more American troops were inadvertantly about to bombard their own trapped allies. Cher Ami then carried a crucial ceasefire message to the troops moving closer to the German lines. The bird flew 25 miles (40.2 km) in just 25 minutes to deliver the crucial message, saving dozens of lives. During the flight, Cher Ami lost an eye and suffered a bullet wound, but ultimately survived.
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Route 66 runs from Illinois through California, and is a symbol of freedom from economic troubles via relocation during the Great Depression and more. 1:06
Cher Ami was a carrier pigeon that flew 12 missions during World War I. 2:29
Cher Ami the carrier pigeon made a 25-mi (40.2-km) flight to deliver a message during World War I. 2:42
Sergeant Stubby, A Canine Hero Of World War I
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Sergeant Stubby was smuggled to France with the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division. He soon became sensitive to gas exposure, enabling him to alert the soldiers to gas attacks, and also located injured men on the battlefield by listening for soldiers who spoke English. He once caught a German spy who was mapping out the Allied trenches, and refused to let the man escape until U.S. soldiers arrived. He served in a total of 17 battles. After the war, he had become a celebrity, and led several parades in addition to meeting Presidents Harding and Coolidge.
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Sergeant Stubby is known as the most decorated war dog of World War I. 1:16
The U.S. Navy has trained California sea lions to retrieve lost equipment and identify swimming intruders. 4:15
During the Gulf War, soldiers carried chickens atop their cars to alert them to the presence of poison gas. 8:32