Results tagged “World War II” from kwc blog

Comics and cartoons are educational

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... especially those from WWII: Milton Caniff's How to Spot a Jap

Some quotes:

The Chinese has a smooth face .. the Jap runs to hair. Look at theirprofiles ant teeth. C usually has evenly set choppers -- J has buck teeth ... the Chinese smiles easily -- the Jap usually expects to be shot .. and is very unhappy about the wholething ... especially if he is an officer!

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If you just slap a Jap's clothing to locate concealed weapons you may lose a prisoner -- and your life ... don't unscrew fountain pens or tinker with any object that could contain acid or an explosive. Watch out for sleeve guns and other comic strip gadgets ... The Japs are experts at such stuff ...

See also: Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips, and Tokio Jokio via BoingBoing

Crossword oops

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I found this browsing through a comment thread about the 'controversy' brewing over the fact that the winning word for this year's Spelling Bee, 'autochthonous', was also Dictionary.com's word of the day the day before.

While people can debate the probability of that being a coincidence, someone else posted an article about a 'coincidence' dating back, appropriately enough, to D-Day. The code names for for the highly secretive D-Day plan -- Utah, Omaha, Overlord, Mulberry, Neptune -- started appearing in the Daily Telegraph crossword puzzle in the weeks prior to the invasion.

Telegraph | News | D-Day crosswords are still a few clues short of a solution

Book: Embracing Defeat

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John Dower taught several of the classes I took on Japanese history. This is my outline of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Embracing Defeat:
- Embracing Defeat

Note:These are notes are not much use to anyone who does not actually own this book, and I have only put these online so that those who do own the book might find them useful in remembering some of the salient points. Actually, I posted them online so that I could lookup my notes whenever I need them, but it sounds nice to be so generous to others. With that said:

If you don't own the book: Why don't you go buy the book on Amazon?

If you do own the book, but are using these notes in lieu of actually reading the book, shame on you, as it is a fine book that you should read. Dower's a great teacher, and a great writer. If you have a chance to take one of his classes, do.