JASON’S PICK - WINNER
His fib thrust 14-year-old into line of fire in Pacific
Fourteen-year-old Andy Caraker was questioned just once about his age when he signed up to be a Marine in 1941.
"How old are you, boy?" a drill instructor barked at the whiskerless kid.
"I know damn well you're not!" the drill instructor hollered at the 150-pound Florida
Now 87 and a resident of Longwood for the past 36 years, Caraker shared his unusual story for Veterans Day. He was among thousands of American boys who beat minimum-age requirements for military service during World War II by fudging birth certificates or fibbing about their age.
Caraker, who quit school in eighth grade, was working on a dairy truck in Jacksonville — a job he hated — when he passed a Marine in dress blues along the milk route.
"I saw this white cap and blue uniform with a red stripe down the leg," he said. "By golly, I thought, I'm going to sign up for that."
Marine Corps enlistees had to be at least 18 to join, though 17-year-olds could sign up with parental consent.
Caraker was nine days shy of 15, and he had no parents to give consent. His mother was dead, his father either absent or drunk. The boy had walked away from a foster home because his foster mom was a drunk, too.
Undeterred, he told the recruiter he was born in 1923, not 1926, and persuaded a woman who had rented him a room to sign the parental form.
"I was a prevaricator with a mendacious personality — that's a liar," Caraker said, chuckling at his fancy vocabulary.
But Caraker had no idea what he was signing up for. The nation was not yet at war when he arrived at Parris Island
In six months, Japanese aircraft would bomb Pearl Harbor, drawing America
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PEOPLE ASSOCIATE MANY PERSONAL ITEMS ON YOUR DESK WITH YOU BEING UNPROFESSIONAL
You may want to re-think getting that joke calendar for your desk this year. New research finds that office workers imagine people with many personal items on their desks to be unprofessional. To find this, researchers from the University of Michigan asked a number of participants to imagine the workspace of professional and unprofessional individuals. Participants also said they imagined an office with few or no personal items to be about three-time more work-appropriate than a space covered with photos of friends and sports memorabilia. Researchers explain that the Americans tend to feel this way can be traced back to the U.S.' Protestant roots, meaning Americans think keeping working lives and personal lives separate is important. (Men's Health)
THE MOVEMBER MUSTACHE APP
It’s now November … or “Movember” for all guys who are spending the month growing their mustaches to raise awareness and money for men's health issues.
And, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there’s an app for that.
The Movember app lets guys track their mustache-growing progress and connect with other guys anywhere in the world.
The app also lets users register for the campaign, manage donations, and track rewards as a result of their fundraising efforts.
It also features a Mo Tracker, which allows users to take daily photos of their moustache growth and create time-lapse movies. (Mirror)