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March 14, 2006 8:24 AM   Subscribe

Pancakes delayed the end of WWII.
posted by mr_crash_davis (30 comments total)

 
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the pancakes of war!
posted by unreason at 8:28 AM on March 14, 2006


Heh. Cool story.
posted by Zinger at 8:31 AM on March 14, 2006


I love the quote about pirate history.
posted by hughbot at 8:33 AM on March 14, 2006


"Pirate history?"
posted by keswick at 8:34 AM on March 14, 2006


Pancakes? Truly this is our blackest hour.
posted by Plinko at 8:34 AM on March 14, 2006


I love pirate history, too.
posted by saladin at 8:47 AM on March 14, 2006


Pancakes also cause riots.
posted by Drexen at 8:47 AM on March 14, 2006


Its a pancake and a pirate!
posted by blahblahblah at 8:55 AM on March 14, 2006


Oh, and cool story.
posted by blahblahblah at 8:55 AM on March 14, 2006


Why would they give something that important to a 16 year old boy? Didn't they have telegrams?
posted by empath at 8:58 AM on March 14, 2006


On the surface, the story is pretty funny. The downside is that it makes me think of a WWII movie where US Soldiers shot a german who was carrying a note saying the war was over.
posted by drezdn at 9:06 AM on March 14, 2006


The downside is that it makes me think of a WWII movie where US Soldiers shot a german who was carrying a note saying the war was over.

The Big Red One? Though I think it was WWI.
posted by billysumday at 9:09 AM on March 14, 2006


thats either awesome or terrible. i mean... how many men died in the name of maple syrup!?
posted by Doorstop at 9:12 AM on March 14, 2006


Hey, let's not be rash now - it was BOYSENBERRY.
posted by davelog at 9:21 AM on March 14, 2006


The Big Red One was WWII. The director, Sam Fuller, served in the actual Big Red One.
posted by brundlefly at 9:21 AM on March 14, 2006


Actually the incident at the beginning of the film was at the end of WWI. The theme was repeated at the end of the movie as WWII ended.
posted by Gungho at 9:29 AM on March 14, 2006


Lovely story, thanks.
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:31 AM on March 14, 2006


Victory!


posted by Likable Lefty at 9:39 AM on March 14, 2006


Gungho's right. The incident in at the beginning of The Big Red One was in World War I. "Der krieg ist vorbei." ("The war is over.")

Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour is an interesting book about the closing hours of World War I. Nine of the 16 American divisions kept fighting until the armistice took effect at 11:00 a.m. even though it had been communicated to the army at 5:00 a.m. Over 2,700 people were killed and 8,200 were wounded in the last six hours of the war.

NPR author interview and Washington Post review, which points out some minor inaccuracies.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:45 AM on March 14, 2006


Interesting that the telegram messenger would get to hand the envelope directly to President Truman. In the course of the subsequent 60 years US presidents have become just about completely removed from such contact with actual human beings.
posted by beagle at 9:58 AM on March 14, 2006


That's right! Forgot about the opening scene, actually.
posted by brundlefly at 10:02 AM on March 14, 2006


Actually the incident at the beginning of the film was at the end of WWI. The theme was repeated at the end of the movie as WWII ended.

The difference between the two events is that the second time the German survives and the sergeant saves him: "You're going to live even if I have to blow your brains out."
posted by linux at 10:02 AM on March 14, 2006


it could have been worse ... the waitress could have been a bunny ... it might have taken him a week to get those pancakes
posted by pyramid termite at 10:09 AM on March 14, 2006


"I sent him a check for $1," Perkins says. "I have that framed now."

That's the best you could do? Come on, at least buy the old guy a plate of pancakes for the rights to his story.
posted by ktoad at 10:23 AM on March 14, 2006


Today we have Blackberries.. which go well with pancakes.
posted by stbalbach at 10:47 AM on March 14, 2006


[shakes head in irritation]

Shoes.

Shoes, dammit.

Shoes for industry, compadre.
posted by lodurr at 11:20 AM on March 14, 2006



(it had to be done)
posted by caddis at 3:17 PM on March 14, 2006


Plinko, that's the first thing I thought of too!
posted by pantsrobot at 3:44 PM on March 14, 2006


Rrrggh, I hate pancakes!!
posted by TwelveTwo at 6:45 PM on March 14, 2006


PAMCAKES!!

was the first thing I thought of too.
posted by Larzarus at 12:00 AM on March 15, 2006


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