December 30, 1935

On This Date in! in 1935, Italian bombers destroyed a Swedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia. Mussolini later apologized and tried to explain by saying that his airplane pilots weren’t very bright, being Italian and everything, and they thought the Big Red Cross was in fact a huge Red X, just like on the maps, so they aimed for it, and wouldn’t you know, was able to hit it almost every time with all their bombs.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to December 30, 1935

  1. Ole Yellerbeard says:

    Arrrr and I feel his pain. Imagine me disappointment on lootin’ an plunderin’ the darn things, only to discover that the X did not (as I had been led to believe) mark the location of buried treasure… On a related note, any suggestions as to what I can do with 140 cases of cotton swabs and tongue depressors?

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