“This is a hell of a way to die.”—General George S. Patton’s last words. He died in 1945, right before leaving Europe. Patton was in a car accident en route to a hunting excursion, which left him paralyzed from the neck down. He lingered in a hospital in intense pain for 12 days. It was not the glorious death the lifetime soldier had imagined for himself. (via historical-nonfiction)
“Night dragged. The sleepers, their prime exhaustion sated, began to stir uneasily. Some muttered thickly in the false life of dreams. They moaned or rolled slowly over in their beds, to the metallic twangling of their mattresses of hooked wire. In sleep on a hard bed the body does not rest without sighing. Perhaps all physical existence is a weary pain to man: only by day his alert stubborn spirit will not acknowledge it.”—T.E. Lawrence in The Mint (via telawrence)
cultural relativism blah blah i know but the thought of somebody putting a teabag into a mug of cold water and microwaving it to get ‘tea’ still bothers me on a visceral level what is wrong with you america
It’s a military maneuver We figured out Britain can’t invade in the presence of microwaved tea It’s like vampires and garlic
“We’re not heroes. It burns me up how people use the word ‘hero’ today. The heroes are the kids who gave 100 percent; they gave their lives. The heroes are the mothers who gave up a son, who carried him for nine months, and raised him to do right, and he does right, and at eighteen, he goes to fight for his country, and he dies doing right. That’s a hero…Bill and I get furious when we hear it used in the wrong context. We know we’re not heroes. The kids who went to war and never walked back through his mother’s front door, he’s the hero.”—Edward ‘Babe’ Heffron (16 May 1923-1 December 2013)
However it originated, though, the usage of “because-noun” (and of “because-adjective” and “because-gerund”) is one of those distinctly of-the-Internet, by-the-Internet movements of language. It conveys focus (linguist Gretchen McCulloch: “It means something like ‘I’m so busy being totally absorbed by X that I don’t need to explain further, and you should know about this because it’s a completely valid incredibly important thing to be doing’”). It conveys brevity (Carey: “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone” “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone”).
But it also conveys a certain universality. When I say, for example, “The talks broke down because politics,” I’m not just describing a circumstance. I’m also describing a category. I’m making grand and yet ironized claims, announcing a situation and commenting on that situation at the same time. I’m offering an explanation and rolling my eyes — and I’m able to do it with one little word. Because variety. Because Internet. Because language.