Ripley's Believe It or Not by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for January 14, 2014

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    Templo S.U.D.  over 10 years ago

    Are those Wool sheep still unrecovered? It has only been two, three months.

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    johnt204  over 10 years ago

    Bring back those watches and eliminate batteries.

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    Aussie Down Under  over 10 years ago

    How does anyone end up fighting for both sides in the same war??

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    oldpine52  over 10 years ago

    Strange, Yang doesn’t look Italian.

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    Jogger2  over 10 years ago

    I had some of those watches when I was a kid.

    Before watch makers were aware of the hazard, some workers got ill from radiation poisoning because they would moisten the tips of the brushes by licking them.

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    IQTech61  over 10 years ago

    That’s because the artist chose a picture taken after he was captured by American paratroopers after d-day and he knew he was a prisoner of war.

    Probably the only photo he could find. It’s on the wikipedia article on Yang Kyoungjong.

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    francisrossi  over 10 years ago

    Yang was forced into all three armies. Korea was under Japanese control when he was conscripted to fight against the Soviets. That ended up with him captured and then pressed into service in the Soviet army. Germans captured him and did the same thing. He ended up in a British POW camp after American troops captured him and mistook him for a Japanese soldier in German uniform.

    Lucky he survived really.

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    scrabblefiend  over 10 years ago

    Just like the x ray machines that used to be in shoe stores. They used them to see how your new shoes fit.

    The salesman standing next to the machine was exposed to much more radiation than was good for him.

    Many ended up with different cancers. Those machines aren’t around any more.

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    tuslog64  over 10 years ago

    Yang was captured several times during the war.He was in a group forced into the Japanese Army, then captured by the Russians, then the Germans and finally by the US. Only a few survived to taken by the US.He was probably glad the war was over!(Shouldn’t he be eligible for several veterans benefits?)

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    ceylondiver  over 10 years ago

    In fact the girls who painted the numbers on the watches were told that radium was good for them. Many of them died of horrible mouth and jaw cancers, because they would put the brushes in their mouths to get a fine point.

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    Meh~tdology, fka Pepelaputr   over 10 years ago

    Chiang Wei-kuo, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s adopted son, received military training in Germany during the time of Sino-German cooperation.

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