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"ca. 1850-55, [portrait of a gentleman as the “wily Yankee”] The “wily Yankee” was a popular 19th century stage character who became the visual predecessor to “Uncle Sam.” Between acts, the wily Yankee remained on stage, whittled, and told parables. At times, he was known to flirt with both the women and men in the audience as he suggestively carved a stick."
Novel military applications of cats and birds from the 16th century. More at the source.
Jimmy Stewart’s original attempts to join the Army were rejected because he did not meet the height and weight requirements to become a fighter pilot. Unfazed by the setback, Stewart found an alternative route by joining the U.S. Air Corps, where he would quickly rise through the ranks and become a Colonel in just four years. He won virtually every Medal of Honor available, helped fly crucial missions in Nazi Germany and would later fly B-52 Bombers through Vietnam.