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MadRuski
06-12-2006, 05:32 AM
well lol..i just saw on TV that aparently british pilots grew there own vegitables patches..and were told to grow more carrots.. and eating carrots aperently improves your eyesight in the dark and reaction time for the eyes... so may this be the reason for british aces LOL.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
06-12-2006, 05:36 AM
It was on T.V. it must be true.

Google search 'cat's eyes Cunningham' and get back to us.

ploughman
06-12-2006, 05:42 AM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb:
Google search 'cat's eyes Cunningham' and get back to us.

He's not related to 'bat's ears Lineker' is he?

Low_Flyer_MkVb
06-12-2006, 05:51 AM
Or Dion 'Donkey' Dublin....let's not confuse the poor boy any further http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

x6BL_Brando
06-12-2006, 06:13 AM
Yes it's correct - much was made of the amazing effects of carrot consumption and the improvement it brought to night-vision. But I think the truth is a little bit harder to see (whoa, great pun - Brando one, rest of the world nil http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ) The carrot story was sown (Oh, what a star! 2-0) by MI5 - disinformation designed to divert German attention away from the radar being installed in night-fighters.

Care to equalise? I suggest you field Bugs Bunny at outside right.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

B.

stathem
06-12-2006, 06:18 AM
Originally posted by x6BL_Brando:
Yes it's correct - much was made of the amazing effects of carrot consumption and the improvement it brought to night-vision. But I think the truth is a little bit harder to see (whoa, great pun - Brando one, rest of the world nil http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ) The carrot story was sown (Oh, what a star! 2-0) by MI5 - disinformation designed to divert German attention away from the radar being installed in night-fighters.

Care to equalise? I suggest you field Bugs Bunny at outside right.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

B.

Wtf are you rabbiting on about?

x6BL_Brando
06-12-2006, 06:36 AM
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Nice! The goalie was left rooted to the spot http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

B .

Low_Flyer_MkVb
06-12-2006, 06:41 AM
Let's not split hares http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

MadRuski
06-12-2006, 06:55 AM
please..LOL..stop with the REALLY bad jokes

HotelBushranger
06-12-2006, 07:02 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif Nah mate, I'm lovin this!!!

Feathered_IV
06-12-2006, 07:11 AM
Wait till Warren hears of this!

F0_Dark_P
06-12-2006, 08:06 AM
It is no joke, as x6BL_Brando says it was a disinformation from the RAF to divert German attention away from the radar being installed in night-fighters http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Low_Flyer_MkVb
06-12-2006, 09:03 AM
Funny, but no joke...

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/1840370599.02.LZZZZZZZ

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1840370599/203-3576833-7983904

VV_Holdenb
06-12-2006, 09:12 AM
I read this story too. The joke is
the German pilots started eating more carrots. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

TgD Thunderbolt56
06-12-2006, 09:30 AM
It wasn't a joke...this guy told me so...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v687/Thunderbolt56/Bugs_P38.jpg


TB

Waldo.Pepper
06-12-2006, 09:30 AM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb:
Funny, but no joke...

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/1840370599.02.LZZZZZZZ

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1840370599/203-3576833-7983904

Just finished that book last week. Not the best book. Rawnsley's (Cunimgham's RO )Night Fighter book (1957 I believe) is the much better book! The first half of the Cunningham book is kind of a direct rip off of the Rawnsley book in my opinion.

Warrington_Wolf
06-12-2006, 03:04 PM
I work in an opticians and I asked one of the optoms about carrots being good for your eyes.
It is true, if I remeber right he said that they have lots of vitamins A and B in them, which is very good for the eyes.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
06-12-2006, 03:34 PM
Thanks for the info' on the books, Waldo.


Now it can be told. Carrotts won the war http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

BBC Cunningham obituary:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2146171.stm

http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/moments/s1392430.htm

http://vision.about.com/od/visionnutrition/f/carrotseyesight.htm

From this site:
http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/aitc/calendar/dec.html

Do carrots really help you see better?

During the Second World War the carrot was widely used as a substitute for scarce commodities. In Britain the Ministry of Food promoted Woolton Pie, composed entirely of vegetables. Potato, carrot and rutabaga provided the basic ingredients, with onion and cauliflower added when available. British children ate carrots as a substitute for the fruit they could no longer obtain.

Britain's Air Ministry spread the word that a diet of carrots helped pilots see Nazi bombers attacking at night. That was a lie intended to cover a new secret radar system which pinpointed some enemy bombers before they reached the English Channel.

News stories began appearing in the British press about extraordinary personnel manning the defences, including Flight Lieutenant John Cunningham, an RAF pilot dubbed "Cats Eyes" because his exceptional night vision allowed him to spot his prey in the dark. Cunningham's abilities were chalked up to his love of carrots. The Royal Air Force bragged that the great accuracy of British fighter pilots at night was a result of them being fed enormous quantities of carrots. The Germans bought it because their folk wisdom included the same myth.

The disinformation was so persuasive that the English public took to eating carrots to help them find their way during the blackouts

MadRuski
06-12-2006, 03:36 PM
Originally posted by Warrington_Wolf:
I work in an opticians and I asked one of the optoms about carrots being good for your eyes.
It is true, if I remeber right he said that they have lots of vitamins A and B in them, which is very good for the eyes.

yeah they are good for the well being of ur eyes...but they have no affect to improve your eyesite, ive seen it proven.

VW-IceFire
06-12-2006, 04:16 PM
Originally posted by Warrington_Wolf:
I work in an opticians and I asked one of the optoms about carrots being good for your eyes.
It is true, if I remeber right he said that they have lots of vitamins A and B in them, which is very good for the eyes.
While carrots are good for the eyes in the sense that your body can make use of the vitamines and whatnot in the carrots (and other foods) to keep the eyes healthy it has no impact on how good you can actually see. Most of the fighter pilots were in there late teens early twenties anyways so eyesight is pretty much at its peak level.

The best of the aces had better than average vision which is in the 20/15 or the more rare 20/10 range. Still...thats not a huge difference. I can see with 20/15 vision but its not that much different than 20/20. I imagine that if I was a WWII fighter pilot I may be able to identify a plane slightly sooner. But that has alot to do with the shape of the eye and very little to do with keeping the eyes healthy...but it helps. Its maitenence...not an upgrade.

x6BL_Brando
06-12-2006, 04:33 PM
Perhaps we should just ask

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v458/brando6BL/__-2.jpg

horseback
06-12-2006, 04:35 PM
Speaking as one who used to have 20-15 vision, dropping to 20-20 was pretty drastic. Instead of being able to tell the time from other people's wrist watches across the room, I had to buy one of my own, and then I had to get my own newspaper subscription once they went down to 20-40...

Eating carrots didn't help. And my skin took on a definite orangish tint...

cheers

horseback

MadRuski
06-12-2006, 11:40 PM
yeah lol..once u have to many carrots the pigment in the color starts being stored in ur body and looking orange is commen LOL

stathem
06-12-2006, 11:48 PM
Ex-RAF fighter pilot:

http://data1.blog.de/blog/h/helly100/img/davey.jpg

MadRuski
06-12-2006, 11:56 PM
LOL

Feathered_IV
06-13-2006, 12:52 AM
Maybe this is where the expression 'Keep your eyes peeled' comes from. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

x6BL_Brando
06-13-2006, 01:59 AM
It's a pity to have re-exposed the myth - I would have waited two weeks for a carrot patch!

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Feathered_IV
06-13-2006, 03:25 AM
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Pun of the year http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Low_Flyer_MkVb
06-13-2006, 04:13 AM
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ploughman
06-13-2006, 05:26 AM
This isn't funny, and it's not about carrots. Dig?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1560781,00.html

Click on da' link.

WTE_Ibis
06-13-2006, 06:37 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by x6BL_Brando:
It's a pity to have re-exposed the myth - I would have waited two weeks for a carrot patch!

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Dat 2 veek patch joke ist old und you vill
get your carrot patch at Easter ven you bunnies deserve it.

x6BL_Brando
06-13-2006, 07:18 AM
People are charged about 1,250 an eye for basic laser eye surgery. However, British soldiers and airmen are given a preferential rate for the night vision package. The Ministry of Defence is consulting Moorfields and military surgeons to see if they can be funded by the taxpayer

Hmmm http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif Never mind that the National Health Service is having enormous problems with funding, and essential services are being cut left, right & centre. If they want to raise the Defence budget that's fine, but pushing it onto the NHS bill is just another poke in the eye with a sharp stick for an already overburdened Service.
We could of course make some savings on sticks and sharpening, by using carrots for the poking. The evidence can of course be boiled and eaten by the patients - a perfect political solution.

B.