Driving By the Numbers Through Utah and Idaho

Our trip home from Arizona to Alberta took 5 days (April 29 to May 3, 2016) to cover a distance of 2600 km (1650 miles).
Arches National Park Utah
This year we drove Sadie, a 2002 SL500 convertible that gets 10 L/100 km (28 mpg) and loves to gallop along at 129 km/h (80 mph) on the I-15.

Your car knows

One of our fuel stops was in Monticello, Utah – elevation 2,155 m (7070 ft) where Sadie dined on 91 octane. I bought 1 bar of dark chocolate fuel for myself – our glove compartment had 0 gloves and 0 candy bars.

 

M129E1

804 km (500 miles) later, we were in Idaho Falls, Idaho. We stopped at the Army Surplus Warehouse (after Sadie got some more gas, and I refilled the glove compartment with chocolate.) There are many interesting things for sale there, including an M129 leaflet dispenser that is 2.28 metres (7.5 ft long) and 40 cm (16 inches) in diameter. Its empty weight is about 52 kilograms (115 pounds) and when loaded with leaflets it weighs about 100 kilograms (225 pounds).

This leaflet bomb is apparently left over from the Vietnam War.

Leaflet propaganda is still being used, with one of the more recent examples being in Syria (population 18.5 million people) where the military hoped to deter possible ISIS recruits from joining in 2015.

Iraq was another conflict were PSYOPS (Psychological Operations) leaflets were used. About 19 million were dropped in Iraq prior to ground combat. 31 million were dropped during the fighting. Also, the U.S. bombarded Iraqis with e-mails and cell phone calls.

We probably get upwards of 5 phone calls a day from Telemarketers based in the United States. (Canada’s National Do Not Call List is very effective, and we are thankful for that!) Can you imagine what it would be like to be bombarded with leaflets, emails AND phone calls?!

This week I looked for Quotations about Numbers and found:

Managers and supervisors with large numbers of people under them – each with his own ideas – must sometimes feel like Charles DeGaulle, who once lamented, “Nobody can simply bring together a country that has 265 kinds of cheese.
– Author Unknown –

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That’s almost $7.00 in dog money.
– Joe Weinstein –

This week’s WordPress.com Photo Challenge is Numbers

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16 comments

    • Yes, there is the litterbug factor! I read that 1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,350 sheets. Approximately 50 million pamphlets were dropped in Iraq. If each pamphlet was one sheet of paper, then 5988 trees were used to produce that paper. Quite a high ecological and social footprint, I’d say…

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      • Holy Paper Bomb!! When you put the numbers that way, the impact of those pamphlet drops is staggering!

        … on the other hand, it could be sooo much worse. I think I vote for paper bombs instead of the other kind.

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    • One of the earliest examples of leaflet bombs was in the Franco-Prussian War. A French balloon dropped government proclamations over Prussian troops. Since then, many countries have used leaflet bombs, and continue to do so today – such as North Korea did in South Korea earlier this year. As for being able to walk into a store and purchase one – that might be quintessential America!

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