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  1. Half-tracks, the Willys Jeep, and the Dakota/Goony Bird/DC-3, the most important weapons of WWII.


    Unless you want to take one step back and consider the Bridgeport Knee-Mill.

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  2. Surrounded by a bewildering array of switches, dials and levers, a Flight-Engineer on a USAF Convair B-36B Peacemaker sits at his station - 1949

    Note the packet of 'smokes' within easy reach on his desk! 

    Original Caption by the late Ian Phillips

    LIFE Magazine Archives - Joe Schershel Photographer



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  3. Just now, John Kloehr said:

    Now that I look again, the number of trailer wheels is ridiculous. But the rig is straight with the road.


    Anyway, I do appreciate the joke and thank you for posting the pic.


    Thanks.  I thought it was pretty obvious that the photo itself is a pretty ridiculous fake. I guess I  should start putting "fact checker" notifications about out of context or altered content/images on things. 

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  4. Because I thought that with the subject line an image of a bunch of soldiers standing on a massively overcrowded trailer with no safety railing made a decent joke. 


    Sorry if it offended your o, so delicate sensibilities. 

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  5. When Mel Brooks was sixteen years old, he worked for a cash-strapped theatrical producer who'd raise funds by sleeping with his investors, most of whom were elderly women. "He pounced on little old ladies and would make love to them," Brooks told The Guardian. "They gave him money for his plays, and they were so grateful for his attention." In Manhattan, Brooks also knew a pair of showmen who had more or less failed their way into prosperity. "They were doing flop after flop and living like kings," Brooks said. "A press agent told me, 'God forbid they should ever get a hit, because they'd never be able to pay off the backers!' I coupled the producer with these two crooks and, BANG!, there was my story."

    From a 1966 Playboy Magazine interview:
    PLAYBOY: "What else are you working on?"
    BROOKS: "'Springtime for Hitler.'"
    PLAYBOY:"You're putting us on."
    BROOKS: "No, it's the God's honest truth. It's going to be a play within a play, or a play within a film, I haven't decided yet. It's a romp with Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun at Berchtesgaden. There was a whole nice side of Hitler. He was a good dancer, no one knows that. He loved a parakeet named Bob, no one knows that either. It's all brought out in the play."

    Roger Ebert recounted how he was in an elevator with Brooks and Anne Bancroft in New York City after "The Producers" (1967) premiered. A woman got onto the elevator, recognized him and said, "I have to tell you, Mr. Brooks, that your movie is vulgar." Brooks replied, "Lady," he said, "it rose below vulgarity." 

    Brooks cannot read music. "Springtime for Hitler" and "Prisoners of Love" (as were all the songs Brooks writes for his films) were hummed into a tape recorder and transcribed by an expert. When Brooks adapted the movie into a stage musical, he wrote the entire score by himself using the same method.

    Brooks has said that one of his "lifelong jobs" is "to make the world laugh at Adolf Hitler." The film was a way to enact vengeance through comedy. "The only real way I could get even with Hitler and company was to bring them down with laughter," Brooks said. (IMDb)

    Happy Birthday, Mel Brooks!

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