You’ve probably never heard of Operation Moolah before, and I certainly hadn’t before today. But it was on April 27, 1953 that US Army General Mark Clark announced an offer broadcast on radio to be heard from North Korean, Chinese and Soviet air fields promising $100,000 and political asylum to any pilot of a MiG 15 to defect with said plane to South Korea. The Soviet based MiG was kicking the Allies butts during the Korean War despite Honest Joe Stalin claiming the Russians weren’t even involved in the war… and the UN led forces badly wanted an intact MiG to figure out why they were the superior aircraft. Nobody took up General Clark on his offer (with one bizarre exception), and an armistice ending the war was signed just a couple months later. However, Operation Moolah was credited with causing enough distrust among Soviet Army brass to have most MiGs and their best pilots grounded for the remainder of the conflict…
I won’t get a dime for answering this week’s Share Your World questions from Di, but that’s not going to keep me from doing my duty….
What was the most memorable gift you gave someone?
I don’t buy gifts for people, but that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally give things from a personal perspective. From an Evil Squirrel’s Nest point of view, maybe the most memorable “gifts” I ever gave were the
twenty twenty-one hand drawn holiday cards I mailed out on a first come, first served basis back in 2014. A recap of that event can be found here. There are even a few people from that group who still haunt my blog, and I’m sure they’d agree how (cough, hack!) memorable those gifts were from me…
What was the most memorable gift you received?
Memorable can be a double edged sword. I’ve gotten some pretty crappy gifts that are seared into my memory…..
And then there are gifts I hated when they were first given to me….. like these:
Then again…. could you imagine my blog today had I thrown Mitzi or Troll in the trash after my Mom, on separate occasions, embarrassingly gave them to me? Well, OK, Troll looks like he WAS scooped from the trash…
For the girls: Would you be suspicious if your partner gave you flowers or chocolates for no reason?
For the guys: Do you surprise your partner with something for no reason at all?
This seems like a trap….. to finagle flowers and chocolates out of unsuspecting partners while increasing suspicion to secure future gifts. Good thing I don’t have a partner…
Have you accepted a gift with pleasure, even if you hated it?
I’m not and never will be a professional poker player because I can’t and often refuse to disguise my emotions. If I hate a gift, it’s going to be pretty obvious.
Gratitude: A gift given with love doesn’t need a price tag.
Tell that to Buster….
Yeah, I’ve reposted that comic a lot, but it’s one of my favorites!
I still have my buster picture, it’s in a frame … so no wonder, buster ended framed lol
Framed and encased in broken glass!
Pigladillo is still a treasured part of my art collection. He is sooooooo adorable. Still makes me smile every time I see him.
Pigladillo was one of my more adorable characters!
What an interesting story about the MIGs. I had no idea they were kicking our butts.
I think the most memorable gift I’ve ever given was a baby quilt that I had pieced together and also decorated with embroidery.
While a lot of Soviet technology was laughed at and ridiculed, some of it was actually pretty scary in the early Cold War. Plus we know it more from third world nations using Soviet weapons that had long been obsolete. The MiG 15’s used in the Korean War are STILL a part of the North Korean air force today!
I still have my Odyssey card! It’s on the bookshelf in my living room.
YAY! That’s three I can account for that didn’t just get chucked in the rubbish…
Buster is right – when you’re a kid, a birthday card with no money included is like opening a nicely wrapped box containing air.
Exactly! And sometimes for big kids as well. I’m notorious for not even opening cards if I don’t think there’s anything in them….
Doggone it, I missed out on hand drawn cards? Bummer.
Had you been here earlier, you could have had Buster hanging out at the Ranch. Literally!
Shoot, we miss all the cool fun in Blogville.