Ripley's Believe It or Not by John Graziano

Ripley's Believe It or Not

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, 8 months ago

    You sure hear of the oddest fauna in the world.

  2. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, 8 months ago

    The Allies would have probably just scrapped them anyway.

  3. A_Dream4u

    A_Dream4u said, 8 months ago

    I I remember correctly Scapa Flow isn’t all that deep and the British salvaged the wrecks anyway.

  4. corpcasselbury

    corpcasselbury said, 8 months ago

    @A_Dream4u

    Yes, and then scrapped the lot. It was a point of honor for the Germans that the Allies, especially the British, didn’t get their hands on them. One last gesture of defiance.

  5. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Why did the Germans have a naval base in Scotland?
    What most people today don’t know is, during both world wars, many Brits, especially the nobility, were of German descent or had German relatives living in Germany. Spies were everywhere. The British royal family itself is of German descent through Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, whose surname was Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and that was the royal family’s surname until King George V officially changed it to Windsor prior to WW 1 due to anti-German sentiment. Victoria’s first child and oldest daughter, the Princess Royal Victoria, was the Empress Frederick, and the mother of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the ruler of Germany during WW 1.
    During WW 2, many of the British nobility, including the Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII, was accused of being Nazi sympathizers and collaborators. The Duke, however, was never formally charged.

  6. algurka

    algurka said, 8 months ago

    Congrats to Michael Wardian for running two races in one day and winning one of them. But which one?

  7. N7326 Foxtrot

    N7326 Foxtrot said, 8 months ago

    @algurka

    The first one?

  8. Blakdanielle

    Blakdanielle said, 8 months ago

    What Gmartin says is basically true. It is also true for the ruling family of Russia at the time. Czar Nicolas and King George V were cousins but looked like brothers.

    However none of these points have actually anything to do with why the German navy was confined to Scapa Flow. The truth is that the Germans had been already defeated at sea, and the navy was impounded by the British. The negotiations dragged on to wind up the war and the German admiral got antsy and ordered the fleet scuttled. German seaman had spent the nine months preparing the ships to go under so it went fairly smoothly.

    Even so the Brits saved about 12 ships right off the bat and over the years pulled many out for scrap metal.

  9. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, 8 months ago

    @Blakdanielle

    I believe Billy Mitchell sank one or two to demonstrate naval airpower.

  10. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    indeed he did.
    the U.S Army , apparently wasn’t impressed.
    but the Japanese Navy sat up and took careful notice and applied it brilliantly against the U.S. at Pearl Harbor.
    but in the long run, as is well known, that wasn’t a very well-thought-out decision

  11. Tha_Hype

    Tha_Hype said, 8 months ago

    All these people that run multiple marathons puts the first marathoner at a distinct disadvantage. Makes his feat seem a lot less impressive. Being the first is tough. Marathons used to be considered tough. More and more people are doing them with no ill effects. (I’m NOT one of them). Its unfortunate that the first to complete it didn’t survive afterwards.

  12. TasmanianDevil

    TasmanianDevil said, 8 months ago

    Does this mean that on Nov 17, 2013 he ran one race in San Antonio then somehow got to Las Vegas to run another one that same day? Which one did he win?

  13. TasmanianDevil

    TasmanianDevil said, 8 months ago

    @TasmanianDevil

    Maybe he did the Las Vegas one first. Either way I don’t believe it.

  14. TasmanianDevil

    TasmanianDevil said, 8 months ago

    I guess I was wrong.

    After winning the race in San Antonio, Wardian and his younger brother, Matthew (who was serving as his crew), boarded a Southwest Airlines flight to Las Vegas. But he said he checked in later than he should have and was in a middle seat and wasn’t able to get up and walk around to keep his legs loose as much as he would have liked.


    Read more at:

    http://running.competitor.com/2013/11/news/wardian-runs-231-257-marathons-in-one-day_89706#AKFBiswYMafXgQlL.99

  15. exturk

    exturk said, 8 months ago

    Re the armoured rat:
    How does he hold up against at 7.50 X15 ?

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