When you stop to think about it, we drink from a variety of “things”. For example, here’s at least a partial list that I can think of from which I’ve quaffed fluid: glass bottles, aluminum bottles, aluminum cans, out of my cupped hands, glasses, cups, water fountains, spigots, water hoses, A&W wax/cardboard containers when I was in high school (the quart size, which seemed huge back then!), mugs, goblets, paper cups and yes, I confess, milk cartons and milk bottles. What would your list look like? Can you think of other things you’ve used to get a drink?
Today’s photo of a variety of cups, glasses and goblets was taken in a shop at the Renaissance Faire a bit over a week ago. I liked the way they were all arranged. Utensils fit for a king or queen, eh?
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1969, after 10 days and 10 bloody assaults, Hill 937 in South Vietnam was finally captured by U.S. and South Vietnamese troops. The Americans who fought there cynically dubbed Hill 937 “Hamburger Hill” because the battle and its high casualty rate reminded them of a meat grinder.
Located one mile east of the Laotian border, Hill 937 was ordered taken as part of Operation Apache Snow, a mission intended to limit enemy infiltration from Laos that threatened Hue to the northeast and Danang to the southeast. On May 10, following air and artillery strikes, a U.S.-led infantry force launched its first assault on the North Vietnamese stronghold but suffered a high proportion of casualties and fell back. Ten more infantry assaults came during the next 10 days, but Hill 937’s North Vietnamese defenders did not give up their fortified position until May 20. Almost 100 Americans were killed and more than 400 wounded in taking the hill, amounting to a shocking 70 percent casualty rate.
The same day that Hamburger Hill was finally captured, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts called the operation “senseless and irresponsible” and attacked the military tactics of President Richard Nixon’s administration. His speech before the Senate was seen as part of a growing public outcry over the U.S. military policy in Vietnam. U.S. military command had ordered Hill 937 taken primarily as a diversionary tactic, and on May 28 it was abandoned. This led to further outrage in America over what seemed a senseless loss of American lives. North Vietnamese forces eventually returned and re-fortified their original position.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Influenced by Richard Wagner, Elizabeth Nietzsche, the sister of the famous philosopher, selected an entire community of people based on their blonde hair and blue eyes and shipped them off to an isolated village in Paraguay in order to plant the seed of a new race of supermen. The village still exists.