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The World’s Last Ninja

63-year old Jinichi Kawakami began his training when he was just 6 years old: Kawakami said training ranged from physical and mental skills to studies of chemicals, weather and psychology. “I call ninjutsu comprehensive survival techniques,” though it originated in war skills such as espionage and guerrilla attacks, he said. “For concentration, I looked at the wick of a [...]

6 Things You Can Train to Detect Bombs

Police, military, and security personnel have used dogs for years to locate explosives. In the last decade, homeland security and Middle East battlefronts have created an overwhelming demand for these four-legged finders that cannot always be met. Luckily, Mother Nature offers us a few other ways to detect things that go boom. 1. Bees Bomb-sniffing [...]

6 Unusual Members of Mother Nature’s Bomb Squad

Police, military, and security personnel have used dogs for years to locate explosives. In the last decade, homeland security and Middle East battlefronts have created an overwhelming demand for these four-legged finders that cannot always be met. Luckily, Mother Nature offers us a few other ways to detect things that go boom. 1. Bees Bomb-sniffing [...]

5 Fictional Countries Where the U.S. Army is Trained to Fight

During World War II, the Allies famously tricked Hitler into believing that the First United States Army Group would invade France at Pas-de-Calais. The real invasion, of course, came at Normandy, and the First United States Army Group did not take part—mostly because it didn’t actually exist. Fake military units aren’t the only thing the [...]

Apache helicopter drops missile over Texas

A military chopper accidentally dropped a training missile near the town of Killeen in central Texas. Up to 100 homes had to be evacuated but luckily …

The Canadian Avalanche Rescue Cat Association

The Canadian Avalanche Rescue Cat Association (CARCA) is the brainchild of Steve Ruskay, whose vision of a unit of trained rescue cats met with initial enthusiasm and then ridicule. From the website: We are a small group of volunteers dedicated to the training and use of domestic cats in emergency avalanche rescue procedures. We feel that with [...]

Russian Cosmonauts Train for Winter Survival

Soviet cosmonauts usually returned to Earth by landing on the ground, often in vast stretches of wilderness. They had to be prepared to survive until pickup, and even went armed to ensure their safety. Current Russian cosmonauts return the same way. To prepare themselves for the rigors of landfall during winter, they train at [...]

Last Master of Martial Art Seeks Apprentice

Why don’t you apply? You’re not getting paid for that office clerk internship anyway. Nidar Singh of Wolverhampton, UK, may be the last living master of the Sikh martial art shastar vidya, which means the “science of weapons”. He himself was taught by an octogenarian in Punjab who thought that he was the last serious practitioner. [...]

You Are Not A Photographer

Ever since digital cameras and Photoshop have become commonplace in our society, more and more people have decided that they are “professional photographers” despite having no training or experience. You Are Not A Photographer compiles these terrible images in one convenient location. While some of the pictures aren’t utterly terrible, others, like the one above, [...]

Are You As Fit As a World War II GI?

The Art of Manliness posted the physical fitness requirements and testing process used in the U.S. Army during World War II. The Army first introduced a formal fitness test to the troops in 1942. Millions of men were being called up to fight in World War II, and not all of them were prepared for the [...]