History BoringButPractical / RealLife

20th Nov '17 10:16:17 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* The Sten submachine gun, a gun that can be -- and was -- built in people's sheds. Somewhat coupled with the M3 "Grease Gun", made by General Motors (yes, ''that'' General Motors). It may have looked nasty, but it provided the British army with lots of firepower in a pinch, and it became more reliable as the war progressed.
** Regarding the M3 Grease Gun, it also didn't have much in the way of looks, was designed primarily for mass production and had a slower rate of fire. But it proved to be wonderfully compact, could be easily rechambered in 9x19mm, took a suppressor without much difficulty and was so good in its role that it remained a PDW for AFV crews and drivers up to the Gulf War. The Philippines Naval Special Operations group have even started issuing suppressed [=M3A1=]s [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece again]], while their Marines still use theirs for boarding ships.

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* The Sten submachine gun, a gun that can be -- and was -- built in people's sheds. Somewhat coupled with the M3 "Grease Gun", made by General Motors (yes, ''that'' General Motors). It may have looked nasty, but it provided the British army with lots of firepower in a pinch, and it became more reliable as the war progressed.
** Regarding Somewhat coupled with the M3 Grease Gun, it also "Grease Gun", made by General Motors (yes, ''that'' General Motors). The M3 and the improved [=M3A1=] didn't have much in the way of looks, was designed primarily for mass production and had a slower rate of fire. But it proved to be wonderfully compact, could be easily rechambered in 9x19mm, took a suppressor without much difficulty and was so good in its role that it remained a PDW for AFV crews and drivers up to the Gulf War. The Philippines Naval Special Operations group have even started issuing suppressed [=M3A1=]s [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece again]], while their Marines still use theirs for boarding ships.
18th Nov '17 3:59:34 AM StarTropes
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* How 'bout the SimpleStaff? A long, plain piece of wood - that can kill a man with a powerful, well-aimed blow.
10th Nov '17 2:13:13 PM DarthWalrus
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* Windmills for electric source. Less output than few other types of generator and can only be planted in windy places, yet it is easy to install and repair and politically worry free. They are borderline SimpleYetAwesome.

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* Windmills for electric source. Less output than few other types of generator Good old fashioned engineering and can only progressively improving on a design. Sure, inventing all new ways to solve humanity's problems or creating a revolutionary new method to do something is neat, but most of R&D will be planted in windy places, yet it is easy to install working on efficiency, output, and repair and politically worry free. They are borderline SimpleYetAwesome.cost of something that people have ''already'' figured out how to build. You just need to build it ''better''.
10th Nov '17 6:39:17 AM EvilKid
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* Shield-wall tactic is slower and far less glorious then everyone-for-himself melee battle but it gives the group of users a sense of camarederie, sense of security, better defense, and higher chance to fight for another day. Greeks, Macedonians, Romans, and Nords (think Vikings) usually go into a battle with this tactic.
10th Nov '17 6:21:31 AM EvilKid
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* Getting a full eight hours of sleep every night (or day, depending on when you're typically awake). Sure, caffiene might help offset insufficient sleep a little bit, but honestly, getting enough sleep every night is what keeps you not only awake during the day, but also alert and able to focus on what you want or need to do.

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* Getting a full eight hours of sleep every night (or day, depending on when you're typically awake). Sure, caffiene caffeine might help offset insufficient sleep a little bit, but honestly, getting enough sleep every night is what keeps you not only awake during the day, but also alert and able to focus on what you want or need to do.



* In the some spots of very remote Sahara Desert, camels are these. While those pre-2000 Toyota pickup are easy to maintain, faster, cheap and robust, those still need constant fuel to to operate and particular skill to fix. The prospect if they broke down and none nearby can't repair it also gives the travelers some worries. The first problem can be tackled by bringing loads of fuel and spare tires but it also decrease the free load weight. Meanwhile while slow and hold less shipping (individually), camels don't need to feed and drink everyday and the fact that it's used for millennia are proof of its practicality.

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* In the some spots of very remote Sahara Desert, camels are these. While those pre-2000 Toyota pickup are easy to maintain, faster, cheap and robust, those still need constant fuel to to operate and particular skill to fix. The prospect if they broke down and none nearby can't repair it also gives the travelers some worries. Another prospect is one or more of the wheels are slipped from sand and none nearby can tow the truck. The first problem can be tackled by bringing loads of fuel and spare tires but it also decrease the free load weight. Meanwhile while slow and hold less shipping (individually), camels don't need to feed and drink everyday and the fact that it's used for millennia are proof of its practicality.



** Bar and latch. They are simpler than locks yet works keeps unwanted outside.

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** Bar and latch. They are simpler than locks yet works keeps work to keep unwanted outside.
10th Nov '17 6:15:10 AM EvilKid
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* Iron. Second the most abundant metals in the world behind alumunium,very easy to process for its versatility, and the most versatile. Nowadays no civilized communities and nomads which don't have at least one or two tools made from iron.
** When Assyrians finally used it, instead of more expensive bronze[[note]]Bronze has same utility with iron but looks better, as symbol of a nation's strength. A huge downside of Iron compared to Bronze is that it needs higher temperatures, cannot easily be cast and has vastly different properties due to impurities like Carbon or Nitrogen that are hard to predict or understand without major metallurgical knowledge[[/note]] to [[ZergRush make mass quantities]] [[WeHaveReserves of weapons to arm their soldiers]], they dominated the region and their enemies finally followed suit.

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* Iron. Second of the most abundant metals in the world behind alumunium,very alumunium, very easy to process for its versatility, and the most versatile. Nowadays no civilized communities and nomads which don't have at least one or two tools made from iron.
** When Assyrians finally used found a way to process it, instead of more expensive but simpler to process bronze[[note]]Bronze has same utility with iron but looks better, as symbol of a nation's strength. A huge downside of Iron compared to Bronze is that it needs higher temperatures, cannot easily be cast and has vastly different properties due to impurities like Carbon or Nitrogen that are hard to predict or understand without major metallurgical knowledge[[/note]] to [[ZergRush make mass quantities]] [[WeHaveReserves of weapons to arm their soldiers]], they dominated the region and their enemies finally followed suit.
28th Oct '17 4:01:40 AM YoshimitsuMaster
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28th Oct '17 4:01:36 AM YoshimitsuMaster
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28th Oct '17 3:59:41 AM YoshimitsuMaster
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* The Axis side has the Messerschmitt Bf-109, otherwise (wrongly) known as the Me-109. Compared to later German aircraft, like the Fw-190 (TheDreaded among the Allies because it was able to outmatch a Spitfire in all but turn radius.) and the Me-262 (among the world's very first jet aircraft to operate) it was nothing fancy. Yet it is a versatile, rapidly-produced aircraft (in fact, it's the most built fighter aircraft ''in history'', having 33,984 airframes built across all variants) that can take on a variety of roles- in fact, it was the plane Erich Hartmann (the highest scoring fighter ace of all time) and Hans-Joachim Marseilles (highest scoring fighter ace in the North African campaign). It also has design features that weren't flashy but damn useful, like it's fuel-injection engine that allowed it to endure negative-G forces (Spitfires and Hurricanes have engines that would cut-out in the same situation, [[OhCrap leaving the pilot helpless in a dive]]) and two water radiators with a cut-off system, meaning that if one goes out for whatever reason you could fly on the second or cut off both and still fly for 5 minutes.

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* The Axis side has the Messerschmitt Bf-109, otherwise (wrongly) known as the Me-109. Compared to later German aircraft, like the Fw-190 (TheDreaded among the Allies because it was able to outmatch a Spitfire in all but turn radius.) and the Me-262 (among the world's very first jet aircraft to operate) it was nothing fancy. Yet it is a versatile, rapidly-produced aircraft (in fact, it's the most built fighter aircraft ''in history'', having 33,984 airframes built across all variants) that can take on a variety of roles- in fact, it was the plane Erich Hartmann (the highest scoring fighter ace of all time) and Hans-Joachim Marseilles (highest scoring fighter ace in the North African campaign).campaign) flew. It also has design features that weren't flashy but damn useful, like it's fuel-injection engine that allowed it to endure negative-G forces (Spitfires and Hurricanes have engines that would cut-out in the same situation, [[OhCrap leaving the pilot helpless in a dive]]) and two water radiators with a cut-off system, meaning that if one goes out for whatever reason you could fly on the second or cut off both and still fly for 5 minutes.
23rd Oct '17 11:49:10 AM SpoonElemental
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** Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and its [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles IDF]]-created variant Krav Maga are probably the best examples of this trope in the martial arts world, as they are extremely effective and extremely boring to the vast majority of spectators. Those who don't train in them don't really understand the complex positional battles or the attacks, counters, etc. being used; so while one combatant may be dangerously close to getting their arm broken or being choked unconscious, most of the audience sits there wondering when the action is going to start. Watch a match or two on Website/YouTube and you'll see what I mean.

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** Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and its [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles IDF]]-created variant Krav Maga are probably the best examples of this trope in the martial arts world, as they are extremely effective and extremely boring to the vast majority of spectators. Those who don't train in them don't really understand the complex positional battles or the attacks, counters, etc. being used; so while one combatant may be dangerously close to getting their arm broken or being choked unconscious, most of the audience sits there wondering when the action is going to start. Watch a match or two on Website/YouTube and you'll see what I mean.
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