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Dazzle camouflage was fantastically weird. It was also surprisingly smart.

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Dazzle camouflage was a surprisingly effective defense against torpedoes. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explains why.


World War I ships faced a unique problem. The u-boat was a new threat at the time, and its torpedoes were deadly. That led artist Norman Wilkinson to come up with dazzle camouflage (sometimes called “razzle dazzle camouflage”). The idea was to confuse u-boats about a ship’s course, rather than try to conceal its presence. In doing so, dazzle camouflage could keep torpedoes from hitting the boat — and that and other strategies proved a boon in World War I.


This camouflage is unusual, but its striking appearance influenced the culture, inspired cubist painters’ riffs, and even entered into the world of fashion. Though dazzle camouflage lost its utility once radar and other detection techniques took over from u-boat periscopes, for a brief period in time it was an effective and unusual way to help ships stay safe.

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WWII saw another kind of strange history unfold: Kilroy – a meme (yes, really) – traveled the globe with servicemembers. He even makes an appearance in this video: http://bit.ly/2Co9DEu
steve gale
Actually learnt something new.
Riken
Give um the ole razzle dazzle
Mojos Bigstick
You could mention the Spitfires that were painted pale pink for dawn raids!
Maximilian Pohl
I was always wondering why the Olympic was painted that “funny” doing WWI... Now I know🤗
Thanks for this great video👍
IG: Akira.MadeThat
*RAZZLE DAZZLE*
Funk Bees
Art and science working together is amazing
My Stuff
They played too much World of Warships
Daniel Gilson
love this
Richard Kuzas
I love vox vidoes like these that show you things, i just wish they would stay out of politics
Soundarya Baswaraj
"Warfare at it's.... Cutest🥰"
Sta4tus
Not a fan of the liberal ad I got LMAOO
Little Grape
*if only the titanic was dazzled, then titanic would’ve missed the iceberg*
Graham Slingsby
if it's unpredictable it's not a pattern
Dhruva Shah
2:24 did he say guestimate?
Thor
Oh you mean the real titanic. As the sistership was the one that was sunk
shan emmanuel danieles
0:08-0:15 so funneh
RCR 8
T-pose at 4:29
KyloRen929
2:24 guesstimate xd
Lahiru VIP
looks like anime waifu ships
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Why Cuban cab drivers earn more Why ships used this camouflage 2 days ago   05:01

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In Cuba, cab drivers are the one percent

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Cuba’s economy works as a central planning model, where government ministries dole out resources and set everything from prices to inventories to salaries. The fact that a taxi driver can make so much more than a physician is a reflection of the Cuban government’s heavy focus on tourism. For years, the central planning apparatus has valued tourism as a key mechanism for both bringing in revenue as well as propagating the idea that Cuba is thriving. Many pesos are collected by the high prices on everything related to the tourism industry.

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