Raise your hand if you could use a drink!
I have to wonder what’s really going on here. The caption says these are U.S. Marines watching as a dude from the Thai Navy catches a cobra with his bare hands during a “jungle survival exercise,” but look at them. They’re chuckling and taking photos!
Is there some part of “jungle survival exercise” that seems to confuse them? Do they think this is just a Thai ventriloquist act?
Have these guys been led to believe that if they’re a polite audience, they’ll get to go to the swim-up bar for coconut rum drinks and satay?
Because I’m no genius, but even I can see this one coming. I’d sign up for a ride in a gyrocopter before I’d sign up for a “jungle survival exercise,” and once I saw the cobra, it would wipe any smile right off my face.
Sure enough, these other photos of the guys eating lizards and drinking cobra blood just help confirm that in pursuing higher education, course titles are important. “Advanced Calculus” means one thing, and “Jungle Survival Exercise” means something else.
And one more thing. When is the exact last time a U.S. Marine really had to survive by drinking cobra blood?
I mean, I’m guessing that out there in the jungle, more cobras survive on Marines than the other way around. Then again, maybe that’s why this snake signed up for the exercise…
U.S. Marines watch as a personnel from the Thai navy catches a cobra with his bare hands during a jungle survival exercise, as part of the “Cobra Gold 2010″ joint military exercise, at a military base in Chon Buri Province, Thailand, February 9, 2010.
A U.S. Marine eats a lizard during the jungle survival exercise.
A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during the jungle survival exercise.
REUTERS photos by Chaiwat Subprasom