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Saturday, November 19, 2005


Pat was absolutely right in her answer - the first light drew the attention of the sniper, the second he took aim and the third he fired. Some accounts date the superstition back to the Boer War but apparently it became widespread during the trench warfare of World War I.

There are just as many superstitions in the forces as elsewhere. One of my favourites is that it's considered extremely bad luck to mention the word 'Rain' when on exercise or operations unless it is actually raining.


Blogger Mr. Matt said...

I know all about that. Rain tends to destroy a possiably good feild problem and or mission. If your ever in the desert don't mention sandstorm either those are worse then rain.

-be safe

8:30 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Only time - I found out about the sandstorms a couple of years ago in Kuwait and Iraq. The worst bit is when you get a thin coating of sand on your teeth.

8:47 am  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

A real sandwich, then, Soldier.

Is it okay to mention 'rain' in the desert?

1:13 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

GG - when it's far too hot and sunny then I guess it would be ok ;)

4:53 pm  
Blogger Mr. Matt said...

True in the desert rain is welcome at times of high tempatures. That light coating of sand on the teath is terriable. But, a quick rince of the mouth hels a little.

9:21 pm  

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