When troops don’t have access to cable TV

May 25, 2007

Quick quiz: the chief entertainment for Belarussian soldiers is…

a) Surfing the Internet for amusing Belarussian sites
b) Checking out Baywatch reruns on cable tv in the barracks
c) Smashing flaming blocks of concrete with their heads

Unfortunately, c) appears to be the correct answer, which explains why if you’re watching a multinational military operation, the Belarussian soldiers will be the ones with no facial hair, a dazed look on their faces, and the faint aroma of charcoal starter.

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A soldier of the Belarussian Ministry of Internal Affairs smashes blocks of concrete with his head at the Milex-2007 arms and military equipment exhibition in Minsk May 22, 2007. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko


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Ma! I figured out what I wanna do when I grow up.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

The Surgeon General has determined that smashing flaming (or unlit) concrete blocks can severely impair your chance of becoming a tecno-geek billionaire

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Bureau of Internal Affiars, Bureau of Internal Injuries, whatever.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

I hope the poor bastards never learn the hard way about rebar.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

For the best results, substitute concrete with an equal quantity of gypsum.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

This is what a military is stuck with when funding is withdrawn?

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Do they do birthday parties?

Posted by K | Report as abusive

It’s just show. Welcome to our field training)))

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