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  • Audie Murphy, who would be considered the real-life inspiration for Captain America had the comic not come first, describes this in his memoirs To Hell and Back. Having just returned from an assault in which he had captured a machine gun, killing two Germans and wounding a third, he was joined by his best friend, Lattie Tipton. Tipton was then gunned down by machine gun fire from Germans who were pretending to surrender. Murphy thus began a one-hour, single-man assault on their position. Nineteen Germans, in a house, supported by machine guns. He killed six, wounded two, and captured the rest.
    "I remember the experience as I do a nightmare. A demon seems to have entered my body. My brain is coldly alert and logical. I do not think of the danger to myself. My whole being is concentrated on killing."
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  • Basketball legend Bill Russell. On the court, his demeanor was stoic, composed and cool. His actions and playing style, on the other hand, were very physical, aggressive, domineering and at times violent. All of his Celtic teammates believed that Russell was channeling the anger he felt at being the subject of relentless racism. It probably worked for him, with his 5 MVP and 11 championship rings.
  • In Finnish language, this is called valkoinen raivo ("white rage") opposed to musta raivo ("black rage") on Roaring Rampage of Revenge. A person experiencing white rage is described to be completely calm, rational and in one's senses yet able to kill people like squashing bugs. German soldiers in WWII were horrified on Finnish completely ruthless attitude on war and towards the enemy. One of the reasons why partisan warfare failed at Finnish front was that the Finns simply hunted down each and every partisan and killed them without mercy while leaving the Soviet civilians intact.
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  • On January 27, 1967, astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were killed when a fire broke out in the cockpit during a routine test on the launch pad. The Monday after the fire, Flight Director Gene Kranz called everyone at Mission Control in for a meeting and gave everyone the biggest ass-chewing that they had ever experienced. The speech he gave that day became known as the Kranz Dictum:
    "Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, 'Dammit, stop!' I don't know what Thompson's committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: 'Tough' and 'Competent.' Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write 'Tough and Competent' on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control."
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  • A customer was denied a refund at a T-Mobile store in London, England. Hilarity ensued. At one point during the rampage, the man calmly picks up a fire extinguisher and begins to casually spray the extinguisher's contents around the room. As he does this, to quote the reporter, "the guy is so calm, it's like he's spraying for bugs."
  • Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Army for the Australian Army, released this video on the Army's official YouTube channel in June of 2013, after he began an investigation of several emails demeaning to women being sent from Army accounts. His tone and expression throughout present a textbook example of this trope in action. It's three minutes long and he only blinks twice.
  • Several punks, looking for a cheap thrill, decided it would be entertaining to shoot a random dog. Little did they know, this dog belonged to former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who pursued them in a 40-mile chase. Listen to the audio of his communication with law enforcement. Despite being CLEARLY pissed, and chasing them at speeds of up to 110 mph, he sounds like he's out for a Sunday drive.
  • In a television interview in Uganda with a transgender rights activist named Pepe Julian Onziema, you can see that Pepe is holding a lot of restraint with his anger during the hour-long interview which was filled with offensive language towards gays and transgender people. People were astounded by how he could maintain his calm composure in spite of this. In fact, the only time that Pepe actually shows anger is when he angrily leaves the interview for a few minutes because of the appearance of another guest who was infamously intolerant towards homosexuals and transgender people.
  • The (in)famous Wild West figure Wyatt Earp was interviewed numerous times about his experiences in and observations of shootouts and gunfights and noted that this trope was a trait of those who tended to survive them.
    The most important lesson I learned from those proficient gunfighters was the winner of a gunplay usually was the man who took his time. The second was that, if I hoped to live long on the frontier, I would shun flashy trick-shooting—grandstand play—as I would poison.

    When I say that I learned to take my time in a gunfight, I do not wish to be misunderstood, for the time to be taken was only that split fraction of a second that means the difference between deadly accuracy with a sixgun and a miss. It is hard to make this clear to a man who has never been in a gunfight. Perhaps I can best describe such time taking as going into action with the greatest speed of which a man’s muscles are capable, but mentally unflustered by an urge to hurry or the need for complicated nervous and muscular actions which trick-shooting involves. Mentally deliberate, but muscularly faster than thought, is what I mean.

    In all my life as a frontier police officer, I did not know a really proficient gunfighter who had anything but contempt for the gun-fanner, or the man who literally shot from the hip.
  • When Uma Thurman was asked about her opinion on the Harvey Weinstein allegations, she responded with a very icy serenity that just barely masked her volcanic rage.
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