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American Urban Legends Warfare
"War is a time of uncertainty, fear, and misinformation. It's not surprising, then, than some of the most persistent urban legends come out of these times. How much do you know about the rumors of war?"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In a gruesome legend, a POW manages to let his mother know that he's being tortured by his captors. How does he let her know?
He writes a message under the stamp and asks her to save it for his collection.
He draws a picture of a hand giving the American Sign Language sign for 'torture/brutality.'
He writes a message in Hebrew, which the censors mistake for doodling.
He slips his own torn-out fingernails in the envelope.
When Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union forces, a rumor started that accused him of a cowardly act. What was he accused of?
Having tried to escape dressed as a woman.
Pretending surrender, then shooting a sixteen-year-old Union soldier in an attempt to escape.
He threatened to shoot himself. When the Yankees called his bluff, Davis started crying.
Trying to bribe the enemy forces with gold, then with his two teenage daughters.
During the US Civil War, a young soldier was shot in such a way as to make medical history. What happened to the poor lad, at least in legend?
A musket ball passed through his groin and struck a field nurse in the abdomen. Nine months later they became parents.
He was shot straight in the chest, but continued to fight. When victory appeared certain, he keeled over and died.
He was shot in the face, but recovered. On his 90th birthday, he sneezed out the ancient bullet.
The musket ball lodged in his shoulder. He picked it out, loaded it in his rifle, and killed the man who had shot him.
It's tranditional to try to break the enemy's will by broadcasting hopeless news on radio stations they can pick up. Tokyo Rose, Axis Sally and Lord Hawhaw were three such 'DJs' in World War II who would sent out messages of defeat to the Allied troops. During the 1991 Gulf War, 'Baghdad Betty' supposedly tried to tell US GIs that their wives were sleeping with a popular American star. The soldiers were less than impressed. Who was supposedly after their wives?
Humphrey Bogart (dead at the time)
Neil Patrick Harris (only 14 at the time)
A widespread rumor during the World War I dealt with German atrocities against children. What, specifically, were the Germans accused of?
Cutting the hands off Belgian children
Using French school children for target practice
Eating German war orphans during shortages
Torching Italian boarding schools with the students inside
Vietnam was the first war in which the M-16 rifle was widely used by US troops. The gun was nortorious for jamming. The weapon was sometimes discovered disassembled by the bodies of fallen soldiers who were desperately trying to fix the problem. According to legend, what company produced the M-16 rifle?
According to rumor, why were US "dog tags" (the identifying tags worn round the neck) notched at the top?
A soldier can use the jagged edge to slit his throat, in case of capture.
The tags can be used as crude wire clippers to help in escape from a POW camp.
They can be used as an emergency beer bottle opener (in the days before twist tops).
They can be kicked between the teeth of a corpse, so they will stay with the body.
In a well-publicised photo, supporters of Osama bin Laden wave posters of the terrorist leader. Hey, who's that next to Osama in the photo?
Bert (Sesame Street)
Blue (Blue's Clues)
Many people consider the war in Vietnam to be the end of American innocence. Television brought home the horrors of war, young people refused to fight in a conflict many felt unjust, and thousands were killed in the protracted fighting. It's not surprising, then, that so many people believed this child star was killed in Vietnam. Who?
The Beaver (Leave it to Beaver)
Ricky, Jr. (I Love Lucy)
Bud (Father Knows Best)
During the Second World War, many units of donated blood had to be thrown out in the US, due to a ridiculous legend. What was this legend?
White soldiers who received blood from black donors would father black babies.
Some of the blood came from cattle, and would cause recipients to develop bovine characteristics.
The blood had been contaminated with a slow-acting virus by Russian saboteurs, in preparation for a war with the US.
The blood had been injected with an experimental growth hormone in an experiment to develop a super soldier.
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Compiled Jun 28 12