" Perhaps the fact of the author being an 11-year navy man and holder of the Royal Marines' commando qualification"
Ouch after 11 years of no pants that's gotta chafe.
US Marines fighting in Afghanistan have been banned from farting in order to avoid upsetting the local population, it has been reported. The Marine Corps Times has the scoop: Audible farting has been banned for some Marines downrange [slang roughly meaning 'in the warzone'] because it offends the Afghans ... So, for all …
....they don't have easy access to anything to clean themselves with, so the left hand is used instead.
I don't know the details of how they manage to prepare food, I can't imagine it's done one-handed, but it's the reason for the convention that you don't eat with your left hand.
Studies have shown that faecal bacteria on the skin die at a considerable rate, so after a short time the risk of infection is low.
"but it's the reason for the convention that you don't eat with your left hand."
Some bloke down the pub (which puts him at the same veracity level as a Twitter post on the BBC "news") told me that part of the rationale behind certain countries' penchant for amputating the left hand was because of this. Without a left hand you must use your right for (ahem) abluting, and nobody would share a meal with you.
As you were, Sergeant Major.
It's Afghans. The same word is used for the people and some things that come from the country, including blankets and a breed of dog.
Afghanis are currency.
(Trust me on this, I've been there)
The suffix -stan is a Persian word for place or land (IIRC). So Tajiks come from Tajikistan, Uzbeks come from Uzbekistan, etc etc. Pakistan is actually a modern construction, based on the first letters of the provinces of Pakistan, and is a backronym meaning "land of the pure". You can't use the first part to refer to the people because (1) racist twats have turned it into a term of abuse, and (2) it doesn't accurately refer to an ethnic group, just the nationality.
Please, where they are allowed to fart "proudly" publicly.
With more than 11 years of experience I know it can be very difficult some times, even abroad.
In a list of crazy patent applications there was one which collected that surplus energy and helped to
warm the house. Nice drawings. Fairly difficult solution for one who keeps turning around and around
during the night.
PS. I sometimes wonder if there is anything the Afghans are not advised to do.
I think devil dog is more entertaining, though. And, of course the perhaps too obvious "bullet sponge" is always a great way to identify them, after all, the purpose of US Marines is to eliminate the enemy's ammunition stores, generally by absorbing as much of it as possible, so the Army can roll in and not have to worry about armed opposition.
A Lewis article? Check! Nothing pushing Septic kit over home-built Brit stuff? Check! NO, I must be wrong, let me read it for a fouth time.
Honestly, I was expecting something along the lines of USMC guff being both more efficeintly produced and more effective than standard Brit farts, and that the MoD should be buying Yank baked beans for the compo rations, etc, etc......
A culture that has few problems with pedophilia, hard drug use and treats it's women like third class donkeys. They THEY have a problem with foreigners farting?
The armed forces currently have one of the most stressful jobs on the planet. I wouldn't begrudge them the occasional swear or chatting about young laydees. But farting? Its insane.
So face shooting fine, farting bad. Got it. What wil the offence seekers find next? Offensive numbers of ears perhaps?
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