- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— I didn’t know that Gen. Lucian K. Truscott had a fling during World War II with Rep. Clare Boothe Luce.
— Speaking of Luce missiles: In July of this year, a Taiwanese patrol boat mistakenly launched a long-range hypersonic missile that traveled about 40 miles before hitting a fishing boat and killing its skipper.
— Nor did I know that Truscott’s father was a drug-addicted doctor.
— Or that Georgia declined to participate in the First Continental Congress, of 1774.
— And in 1770, George Washington paddled 250 miles down the Ohio River to claim and mark lands. Didn’t even know he was into canoeing.
— BONUS: Things I simply don’t understand:
The elasticity of time.
Why the British lost the Revolution.
The attraction of watching pro football.
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