Last one out of the Kinjaverse, turn out the lights.
Last one out of the Kinjaverse, turn out the lights.
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Gadzooks! It's the invisible man! And he's not wearing pants!

Being invisible would be cool, wouldn't it? Think of all the cool stuff you could do! You a bank? Peep in the womens shower at the gym? Manipulate strangers into thinking it was someone else who just copped a feel on the subway?


I'm sure there are other uses that aren't illegal. But right now, I don't want to think about them.

And, how would invisibility work? I mean, you're still there, right? The only difference is, people can't see you. But you are still there. So, would you cast a shadow?

What we see is actually a reflection of light bouncing off what's there. And if you bend light to make yourself invisible, would you bend the light that would cause the shadow around you? Or, does invisibility only bend some light and not other light?

And, are there moral implications to being invisible? If someone invents a method of invisibility, will there be rules as to what you can and can't do?


Hmm. I got off on a tangent there. You really shouldn't let me do that. Invisibility doesn't have anything to do with todays oddity.

And, speaking of todays oddity, it's MONDAY! No, really. It is. I didn't make that up.


What I will make up is, this post. Or, will I? True fact, or clever fabrication?

Welcome to Made Up Mondays!

Todays subject it mens jackets, and why they have buttons. It's up to you to decide if I'm lying or truthing.


When he ascended to the throne of Prussia, Frederic II wasn't yet great. That came in time. What he was, however, was a fastidious man who preferred music and art to war. In fact, he was so against military life that, when he was a boy and was ordered by his father to serve in the army, he and a friend ran away.

Frederic Wilhelm I debated long and hard about the fate of his son when he was caught. Fleeing from military service was desertion, which back then was also considered treason after all. Frederic II was almost executed for treason. Instead, his father made him watch the execution of his friend and sent him back to the army.


In 1740, Frederic Wilhelm I died, and Frederic II was crowned. He decided that to protect Prussia, he had to keep the Habsburg and their Austrian Empire at bay. And the best way to do that was to conquer the territory of Silesia.

So, in October 1740, Prussian troops invaded and occupied Silesia. I'm not going to go into details about the war other than to say that when he inspected his troops, he was disgusted by what he saw.


His troops were slovenly and crude. Why, when their noses ran, they wiped them on their sleeves!

Frederic II just couldn't let that happen. It was ruining the uniforms, and causing the men to look like common peasants. These were soldiers! They were expected to be sharp in their appearance at all times.


So, by the time Frederic II started the Seven Year War, all his troops were outfitted in uniform jackets that had a row of buttons on the sleeves. The buttons were sewn there to stop the nose wiping.

Today, men are more well mannered, but the buttons remain as a decorative item.

Some will say they heard it was Napoleon or Lord Nelson who were responsible for the sleeve buttons, but it was Frederic II of Prussia.


True? Not true?

You tell me.

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