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The Greatest Demonstration Of The Christmas Spirit: The Christmas Truce Of 1914

December 20, 2013 | No Comments » | Topics: Life, main |

During World War I, in the winter of 1914, on the battlefields of Flanders, one of the most unusual events in all of human history took place. The Germans had been in a fierce battle with the British and French. Both sides were dug in, safe in muddy, man-made trenches six to eight feet deep that seemed to stretch forever. 

All of a sudden, German troops began to put small Christmas trees, lit with candles, outside of their trenches. Then, they began to sing songs. Across the way, in the “no man’s land” between them, came songs from the British and French troops. Incredibly, many of the Germans, who had worked in England before the war, were able to speak good enough English to propose a “Christmas” truce. 

The British and French troops, all along the miles of trenches, accepted. In a few places, allied troops fired at the Germans as they climbed out of their trenches. But the Germans were persistent and Christmas would be celebrated even under the threat of impending death. 

According to Stanley Weintraub, who wrote about this event in his book, Silent Night, “signboards arose up and down the trenches in a variety of shapes. They were usually in English, or – from the Germans – in fractured English. Rightly, the Germans assumed that the other side could not read traditional gothic lettering, and that few English understood spoken German. ‘YOU NO FIGHT, WE NO FIGHT’ was the most 
frequently employed German message. Some British units improvised ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ banners and waited for a response. More placards on both sides popped up.” 

A spontaneous truce resulted. Soldiers left their trenches, meeting in the middle to shake hands. The first order of business was to bury the dead who had been previously unreachable because of the conflict. Then, they exchanged gifts. Chocolate cake, cognac, postcards, newspapers, tobacco. In a few places, along the trenches, soldiers exchanged rifles for soccer balls and began to play games. 

It didn’t last forever. In fact, some of the generals didn’t like it at all and commanded their troops to resume shooting at each other. After all, they were in a war. Soldiers eventually did resume shooting at each other. But only after, in a number of cases, a few days of wasting rounds of ammunition shooting at stars in the sky instead of soldiers in the opposing army across the field. 

For a few precious moments there was peace on earth good will toward men.

 


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Awesome Links Of The Day

December 19, 2013 | 1 Comment » | Topics: main |

Capybaras That Look Like Rafael Nadal – We Rule The Internet

Your awesome pics and videos of the day – Ned Hardy

The Amazing Rachel Williams Bouncing In Slow-Mo – Knowd

Transforming Sushi is All The Rage Now – Crowd Ignite

I’d hang out-doors with this Cali girl (25 Photos) – The Brigade

Emma Stone Mini Skirt Upskirt GIF – Celebrity Ninja

 20 Things That Happened In 2013 That You’ve Already Forgotten – Linkiest

8 Photos of New Yorkers Most People Don’t See – Leenks

Kim Kardashian’s Big Bikini Butt in Miami – G-Celeb

A gallery of beautiful asss – Bro My God

These two girls really like to have fun…nsfw – Double Viking

Sofia Vergara looks really good from this angle – Celeb Slam

12 Hilarious Snapchat Screengrabs – Uncoached

The Neverending Story’s Dark, Modern Turn – Unreality Mag

Today’s Top 5 Supermodel Instagrams – Moe Jackson

I really wish I knew the story behind this photo (20 Pics) – World Wide Interweb

My Eyes Are Up Here (15 Pics) – Regretful Morning

Hannah is your hot coed of the day – Big 10 Tens


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The Dumping Grounds

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quote of the day

A Texan walks into an Irish pub...

and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, "I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I'll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back."

The room is quiet and no one takes up the Texan's offer. One man even leaves. Ten minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. "Is your bet still good?", asks the Irishman.

The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses drinking them all back-to-back. The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement.

The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, "If ya don't mind me askin', where did you go for that 10 minutes you were gone?"

The Irishman replies, "Oh...I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first".

 

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