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Archive for the month “July, 2012”

Today in History and the Invasion of Japan

On July 14th, 1945 American battleships South Dakota, Indiana, and Massachusetts bombarded Japan for the first time in preparation for an eventual invasion of the mainland. Operation Downfall was the name given to the planned invasion of Japan. The operation was to be divided into two parts –Operation Olympic and Operation Coronet. Operation Olympic was the sub-plan that targeted the Japanese home island of Kyushu. It would take place on 1 Nov 1945. The invasion fleet would escort 14 American divisions, both Army and Marine Corps, which were to conquer and hold the southern third of Kyushu.

Operation Coronet was to take place on 1 March 1946. It would have been the largest amphibious operation in history, with 25 divisions participating in the initial invasion. The invasion beaches were to be at Kujikuri on the Boso Peninsula and Hiratsuka at Sagami Bay,  the forces were to work their way north across the Kanto plain toward Tokyo.

The main concern for the Americans was the potential for huge casualties. The Joint Chiefs of Staff estimated that Olympic alone would cost 456,000 men, including 109,000 killed. If the staff included Coronet estimates ran as high as 1.2 million casualties. Staff working for Admiral Nimitz calculated that in the first 30 days of Operation Olympic there would be the loss of 49,000 men. MacArthur’s staff estimated 125,000 casualties after 120 days of fighting. Personnel at the Navy Department estimated that the total losses would be to between 1.7 and 4 million with 400,000 to 800,000 deaths.

Fortunately Operation Downfall was never carried out, with America’s use of two atomic bombs and Russia’s sudden declaration of war on Japan, the war ended before such a costly invasion had to be initiated. 


One Gallon of Milk + One Hour = Vomiting

There are basically four things in milk that are going to do you in as you attempt to drink a whole gallon in one hour.

1) The lactose: The problem with lactose is that your body can only process so much at a time. You need to have the enzyme lactase to deal with lactose. When you drink a full gallon of milk in an hour you burn through your available lactase and become lactose intolerant thus you throw up.

2) Calcium: The problem with calcium is that milk contains a lot of it around 300 mg per 8-ounce glass. A Tums chewable tablet for upset stomach contains about 200 mg of available calcium. So in chugging down a gallon of milk, it is like downing 25 Tums tablets at once. That obviously cannot be good for you. The acid balance gets messed up in your stomach and here comes the milk.
3) The casein: It also reacts with the acid in your stomach which turns to stringy curds, which is another reason to hurl.

4) PH levels: Drinking a gallon of milk will introduce large quantities of fat and protein. This will cause the normally low pH levels to rise and once again you induce vomiting.

But if you want to take the challenge to drink a gallon of milk in an hour go ahead but I’ll sit this one out, thanks.

More On The Price Of Tea In China

As to the price of tea in China after some research it appears that 1 ton of black tea is being sold for around $123. A pack of 25 black tea bags is $13.90 but prices can go as high as $45.00. I hope you can amaze your  friends with these price quotes.

What has that got to do with the price of tea in China?

“What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?” Or “What does that got to do with the cost of tea in China?” This is an expression which you use to denote something which is completely unrelated to the current conversation. It is a sarcastic retort to an irrelevant suggestion. So, when you asks this question, you are really saying:

  • Why do you say that?
  • What are you talking about?
  • What does that have to do with anything?
  • What does that have to do with what we are talking about?

In the United States, the phrase “What’s that got to do with the price of eggs?” has been in use since the 1920s. The question “of tea in China” seems to date from the 1940s. From what I read the British may ask “What’s that got to do with the price of fish?” A Scottish comment is “What’s that got to do with the price of cheese?”, and a Northern Irish variation is “What’s that got to do with the price of a sausage?”

Police and Donuts

I was on a ride along with one of our local police officers recently. This led to a conversation with my daughter about policemen and donuts. What I have observed is that the police officers I know do like their sweets and food in general. But the whole donut and police officer relationship seems to have originated “back in the day” when the only place open 24 hours a day were donut shops. The shop had donuts as well as coffee which helped the guys stay awake on their shifts. Most donut shops were usually located in centralized areas, which made it an easy place to meet for briefings between Officers of different agencies or shifts. Finally, donuts have sugar and carbohydrates, which allow for quick energy. Donuts, coupled with the ever present cup of coffee, helped keep the officers awake and alert.

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