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122: We Salute You!



1, 2, 3, 4, I don't know what I've been told!
5, 6, 7, 8, Good Job, Brain is on a roll!

Why, with quizzes and weird facts about military life, of course. Discover the fully packed history of canned foods and how we have Napoleon to thank. From cereal mascot to comic book hero, let's see how many fictional military characters do you know in Dana's lightning round quiz. We dive into famous everyday items that were developed for the military, and how pigeons used to reign the battle-strewn skies. And attention GIs, pack your MREs on that VTOL while navigating through Colin's military acronym challenge.

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 56 seconds

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Reader Comments (7)

Hi Guys

Love your work. Without spoiling for others. Re the pigeons in this episode. Check out the movie Valiant with Hugh Laurie.

All the best from Sydney Australia

August 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul B

Hahaha, I love the caption for this. Truly awesome brains, keep up the awesomeness!!!

August 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterScott

You guys ROCK! You read my mind and did this before I even asked. THANK YOU!

August 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

As a follow up to my previous post - I just listened to the pod cast. Holy Cow! You guys even mentioned me. From the bottom of my sand covered heart, THANK YOU! You made my week!. LOVE YOU, GJB!!!!

LT Nicole Winget

August 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Um, actually...

I'm loading this show up onto my mp3 player. I haven't listened yet, but I spotted an "um, actually" right here on the blog post.

"I don't know what I've been told"

Shouldn't that be "I don't know, BUT I've been told"?

August 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTV's Mr. Neil

Um, actually...

You mentioned the 10-1 and 10-2 code meanings which do not actually have anything to do with going to the bathroom. Here's a list of 10 codes used on police scanners and radios:

10-1 Receiving Poorly
10-2 Receiving Well
10-3 Stop Transmitting
10-4 Acknowledgement Rec'd.
10-5 Relay To
10-6 Busy
10-7 Out Of Service
10-8 In Service
10-9 Repeat-Conditions Bad
10-10 Out Of Service- Subject to call
10-11 Dispatching Too fast
10-12 Passenger
10-13 Weather/Road Cond.
10-14 Convoy Or Escort
10-15 Prisoner In Custody
10-16 Pick Up Prisoner At
10-17 Conduct Investigation
10-18 Expedite Assignment
10-19 Return To Station
10-20 Your Location?

The list goes on all the way to 99, there's lots. Love the show

Devin from Toronto

August 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDevin McB

I just started listening to this podcast, and was excited about your mentioning the Whole Enchilada Fiesta. I lived in Las Cruces for a few years and actually went to TWEF, and it's kind of amazing to watch them put this thing together. It's a traditional flat enchilada with cheese, onions and red chile, about a thousand pounds and like twelve feet across. They built a custom fryer for the tortillas, which is a little scary to see that much hot oil in a sort of jury-rigged pan. The bonus is that when you attend, you get to help eat the enchilada -- and it actually tastes pretty good.

August 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRick

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