Doubt that it really has anything to do with war. Circle goes
around--when I was a little kid buzz cuts and crew cuts were popular.
When I was a bit older styles got longer (I remember when the Beatles,
as they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, had scandalously long hair)
and longer and longer and then shorter and shorter and shorter and now
we're back to buzz cuts. In another 30 years or so it will be long
On Wed, 12 Sep 2007 13:37:34 -0400, J. Clarke wrote:
It has _everything_ to do with war. Militaries have regulated hair length
and beard length (or even a mandatory clean shave) for centuries, because
even the Phoenicians knew what a convenient hand-hold either one is.
I saw a guy in the NFL get pulled down by his hair, and it wasn't a foul,
because the defender hadn't grabbed his face mask, horse-collared him, or
clotheslined him, but pulled him down by his own body part, as if he'd had
his arm or something. It was the guy's hair, but the NFL ruled that if
he's stupid enough to leave it dangle out of his hat like that, that it's
I wear my hair long, but I go to great lengths (pun unintended, but noted)
to avoid altercations with drunks. :-)
Cops used to wear uniform shirts with those nifty epaulets on the
shoulders. Great hand holds for the bad guys.
I cut mine loose and put velcro on the shirt and epaulets. First bad
ass to grab one as he had so many before, stood there staring at it
with a surprised and stupid look on his face, long enough for me to
chop him down like an oak with my baton.
on 9/16/2007 3:31 PM Gunner Asch said the following:
How times have changed. When I started, I wore a Sam Browne belt with
the leather shoulder strap over a dress blouse. It wasn't until the 70's
when the strap became a hazard, and we became pigs, that it was removed.
on 9/10/2007 2:11 PM Ed Huntress said the following:
My hair has been cut so that it is no more than 1/2" long.
The one tool that I use that I have the most respect for (read scared
of) is the radial arm saw, especially when ripping. Somehow, the blade
over the table is more respected (read scared of) than one under the table.
The others, I'm just merely careful.
Here in the US it is called a crew cut too. Back in the 50's there was a
singin8 group called "The Crew Cuts"
The "Life is but a Dream" melody immediately comes to mind, but I don't
know if that was by the Crew Cuts
I seem to recall a similar shared "Whut the hell...?" between the UK
term 'Bum Bag' = USA term 'Fanny Pack' Going either way it could be
considered an insult if one was looking for a reason to be insulted.
--<< Bruce >>--
My favourite (favorite!) story came from someone I knew who used to be
an instructor in the Royal Air Force. One job he quite enjoyed was when
he was sent to one of the USAF bases over here to induct new service
personnel into the pitfalls of our common language. His opening line was
always "Is there anyone called Randy, in the room?". He said you could
guarantee that a few hands would go up. His response of laughing out
loud and saying "you poor shits!" always seemed to raised some
indignation. He would then point out that the closest word in meaning
they would be familiar with would be "horny". He said you could see a
few faces drop as the implications sank in!
A personal favorite was when my cute secretary at the aircraft factory where
I worked in Heston, UK would say to me frequently: "knock me up".
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