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September 12, 2023



The US did take a while to get into WWI, but... yeah.

Maybe if he reads one of the books where boy scouts are bike/motorbike messengers in WWI, he'll remember?


KC - what are these books?


There are... a lot... of them, but one of the more-plausible (note: not *plausible* but *more-plausible*) can be found at: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19495 - it is part of a series, and the preceding book may also be in WWI? I can't remember. If you want a stack of motorcycle messenger books, let me know; most of them are amazingly flimsy and improbable, though.

(other fun/weird topics with the US and WWI: the Salvation Army sent over units of women to cook doughnuts for the front lines, closer to battle than most of the canteens. Why doughnuts? I do not know. But the memoirs, both of the doughnut girls and the soldiers who incidentally encountered a surprise pop-up doughnut stand, are fascinating. Some number of Americans volunteered in the war before the US entered the war, joining foreign groups of troops, usually French since it seems it was easier to enter military service under the French army's auspices than the British; some pilots brought their personal airplanes (!!!) and some drivers/doctors/nurses/chaplains brought over their own cars or ambulances on boats from the US.)


KC - I never knew about the doughnuts, so I never knew about the doughnuts > doughboys connection.. https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/3929-doughnut-girls-the-women-who-fried-donuts-and-dodged-bombs-on-the-front-lines-of-world-war-i.html


... okay, the doughnut thing starting with "well: what ingredients do we have?" and then being exceptionally popular and going from there makes sense. I guess also something that doesn't require an oven makes sense!

They may have been doughboys before the doughnuts - apparently it existed as a military nickname before WWI, sometimes, in the US. But who knows, maybe the doughnuts cemented it as The Nickname for US troops, like Tommy and such?

Anyway: very definitely US soldiers in WWI, but glad that only means mild humiliation rather than dementia for Gary.

(and if you haven't run into these from WWII, it's... really something. A force of women with outdated planes, who managed to extra-freak-out the German troops: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Witches There was a lot of fiction/exaggeration swirling around with both world wars, but then *also* you get a whole ton of definitely-factual things where the truth is way weirder and wilder than anything dime novel authors could make up.)


KC - and all the ingredients transportable (but for the eggs, and I guess you could transport the hens). And you could re-use the frying oil.

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