The Pacific war during World War II was a bloody, crazy mess. Battle after battle fought on remote jungle islands in the Pacific Ocean left many soldiers on all sides alone and confused. There are numerous stories of soldiers, both American and Japanese, who lived for decades on some island, unaware the war had ended. One of these men, Hiroo Onoda, wasn’t convinced that he should stand down from his post until he was rediscovered by the modern world in 1974.
While touring Europe, Justin Bieber stopped at the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, and when he signed the visitor’s book, he mentioned that he thinks Anne Frank would have been a big Bieber fan, that is, if she weren’t blind and deaf.
In 1946, the US government set off two atomic bombs at the Bikini Atoll to see what would happen to the wildlife. (Spoiler: Turns out atomic blasts aren’t really so good for wildlife.)
Rule 34 doesn’t even come close to this. In the 1960s, as many Israelis and Jews around the world were beginning to come to grips with the atrocities of the Holocaust, one of the ways some dealt with the trauma was through pulp pornographic Nazi-themed comic books called Stalags. These comics were never on full display, but nonetheless, they became best sellers throughout Israel.
It’s the anniversary of D-Day. Take a minute. I’ll probably be watching The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan, or some Band of Brothers.
Anyone else have some D-Day rituals?
The following pictures, released by the U.S. National Archives in Washington, show head shots of Adolf Hitler in numerous guises. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) had asked Eddie Senz, a New York make-up artist, to clone the portrait of the German leader after D-Day on 6 June 1944 because they feared that Hitler might be able to escape Germany in disguise. And yes, the bald/shaved Hitler looks way too much like Jeffrey Tambor.
"Dear Hitler: Suck my English balls…"
In 1937, JRR Tolkien published The Hobbit, around the same time Hitler’s Third Reich was beginning to consolidate power. At the time, Tolkien was a little known professor from Oxford, and when a German company tried to get the rights to publish The Hobbit in German, Tolkien was asked first if he was of Aryan descent.
In the 1970s, evidence came to light that Mr. Jean-Marie Loret (above right) was the son of Adolph Hitler and a French woman. Growing up, Mr. Loret knew nothing about his father, other than that his mother told him his father was from Germany. But when he was a teenager, his mother dropped the bombshell that she had slept with Hitler and he may be the Fuhrer’s son.