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Robin § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-04 05:11:02
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Oh, these? They're so you can drag me to safety

I do not know that this is actually true:

Many types of classic jacket derive from a specific purpose. Trench coats have epaulettes so that dead or wounded soldiers can be dragged to safety.

However, I want it to be true, and will repeat it often, in an attempt to make it as-good-as-true.


And there are hunting-jackets with zippers designed to increase my shooting range? See, this has been my problem all along—I’ve been hunting in a trench coat, and my aim keeps falling short. Those epaulets do come in handy, though.

(“Hunting in a Trench Coat” would be a terrific title for a book of wry short stories about an urbanite transplanted to, say, rural Michigan!)

Bergamot says…

Why would you drag a dead soldier to safety?

The well-attired never leave their dead behind.


Robin, I’m pretty sure that’s an incentive to leave the dead soldier as far away from you as possible.

Looks like the origin of epaulettes was for distiguishing rank and derived from Roman pteruges.

I love the comment on that Flickr image of an undead German soldier: “Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Skeleton Action Figures, and we’d love to have this added to the group! ” The tail is long—and bony!

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