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"I will *not* start World War Three for you."

DangerDanger by Whistling in the Dark (cc by-sa)

This is how Michael Jackson (not that one) and James Blunt (that one) helped prevent a war.

Metafilter's own garius comments with interesting details in the thread about his article Pristina: An Airport Too Far, revealing a 1999 incident in Kosovo that almost brought NATO into open conflict with Russia.

09/08/19
by taz

What was it about gym teachers in the 70s and 80s?

p-71-b-102p-71-b-102 by NeenahHistory (cc by-nc-sa)

Cool Papa Bell explains a thing about gym teachers.

If you were a member of Generation X, think back on your male high school teachers. Lots of football coaches and auto shop teachers and whatnot.

You probably had some really terrible ones, right? I know I did. I set of male teachers that were pretty much shunned by the other teachers because of their sheer incompetence and general fuck-you attitude. The kind of teachers that were relegated to driver's education duty.

Everyone has them, right?

Not so fast there. Realize that the many male teachers of the 70s and 80s were in the profession only because it provided them with the cheapest, easiest means of avoiding the draft. Getting a teaching credential bought you two extra years of college deferments. And getting a single-subject credential -- physical education for example -- that made you eligible for high school teaching, was the easiest of those.

06/19/13
by jessamyn

How is someone supposed to survive a nuclear blasting mission?

Nuclear BombNuclear Bomb by IndigoValley (cc by)

If you ever wondered what happens when a nuclear missle's blast radius exceeds the operating range of an aircraft or sea vessel that deploys it, member Dreadnought has a great explanation of the two (air & sea) scenarios and the great lengths and great luck required to survive them.

07/06/12
by mathowie

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