|Wednesday, June 08, 2005
||It struck me on the way home. "Tell it to the marines" is derived from "tell it to the horse marines". The idea being that there are no such things as horse marines, because trying to stable horses on board a ship would be a silly idea. They take up a lot of space, they are prone to broken legs and they need a lot of fodder. It would make more sense for there to be red squirrel kitten marines.|
Red squirrel kittens are small and easy to carry. Also, the red squirrel marines would be incredibly circumspect warriors, because they would not want to leave their red squirrel kittens alone in the world (of course, another marine would take care of them, but you know the sense of fierce protectiveness). Their opponents would be similarly carefui, bitterly missing their own red squirrel kittens, tucked up safe far from the front. Eventually, after a few weeks of inconclusive and casulty-free manoeuvres, peace would be negotiated.
I feel I may be short of sleep to the point of medical emergency. Goodnight.
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