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The_Beast_in_Black
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:14 am 
 

I was reading recently about ship cats, and this seemed like the place to mention them. It's really rather fascinating.

From ancient times, ships would carry a cat to hunt vermin and to provide good luck. Up until 1975 or so, it had been an important tradition of the Royal Navy to take on ship cats and many of these have become legendary due to their role as mascots and morale-boosters during wartime.

One, known as Sam, was originally the ship cat of the Bismarck, and was rescued by a British ship when it was torpedoed. Then that ship was torpedoed, and Sam was once again rescued. And then that ship was torpedoed. Yet again, Sam was saved from amidst the wreckage. In the end he lived a long life, spending his final years at a retirment home for veteran seamen.

Another famous ship cat was Simon, who lived on the HMS Amethyst during the Yangtzee incident of 1949. He was injured during the shelling, but recovered and was promoted to "Able Seacat" for his bravery. Later in life he died of illness and was posthumously awarded the Dickin Medal. He was buried with full military honours, his funeral was attended by the entire crew of the Amethyst and hundreds of admiring fans. His gravestone states that "Throughout the Yangtze Incident his behaviour was of the highest order."
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Shiroryuu
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:47 pm 
 

In response to the guy that said about Spartans having sex with eachother for bonding. I know the Samurai did a similar thing too, a senior ranked samurai would have sex with a younger samurai. This act was known as nanshoku. It is said that it was used to increase a person's fighting spirit, as there was a belief that having sex with a man would increase one's fighting spirit while having sex with a woman would produce the opposite effect. This was also pretty common in the the early Edo period in the 1600's because the city of Edo, now called Tokyo was a new city but was built mostly by samurai due to the Sankinkoutai (when all of the daimyo and their soldiers from all over Japan had to go to Edo as a means of preventing rebellion), so the city had more men than women. However, the samurai needed something to have sex with, so they would have sex with younger samurai who were in their teens as they were the closest thing they could get to a woman.

But this has nothing to do with being gay because they believed that the person and the act are two different things so if a person had sex with a man, that doesn't necessarily mean he is gay.

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