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And C'MON nobody EVER calls the US in to sort out a problem somewhere.
Originally posted by dooper
reply to post by sharps
Why does the US have special status?
Because we can drive ourselves where we want, when we want, in what we want, to do what we want.
Why the special status?
Because the homelands of our ancestors are used up, falling apart, old, tired, locked into a spiral of degredation, and are only skeletons of what they once were.
We in the US bring our own toys because we built them, we can afford them, and they're so good, that other nations buy our best toys, i.e. F-35.
1843 Grain stripper - John Ridley and John Bull of South Australia developed the world's first grain stripper that cut the crop then removed and placed the grain into bins.
1856 Refrigerator - Using the principal of vapour compression, James Harrison produced the world's first practical refrigerator. He was commissioned by a brewery to build a machine that cooled beer.
1858 Football - In 1858 Tom Will and Henry Harrison wrote the first ten rules of Football, thus becoming the first people in the world to codify a kicking-ball game. These rules predate those of Rugby, Soccer and Gridiron. Football may have been inspired by the Aboriginal jumping/kicking game of Marn Grook.
1874 The underwater torpedo - Invented by Louis Brennan, the torpedo had two propellers, rotated by wires which were attached to winding engines on the shore station. By varying the speed at which the two wires were extracted, the torpedo could be steered to the left or right by an operator on the shore.
1879 Refrigeration - Credited with the manufacture of the first artificial ice, Eugene Nicolle and Thomas Sutcliffe Mort developed shipboard refrigeration that resulted in the export of meat from Australia to Great Britain.
1900s - The 'Australian Crawl' - For most of human history, humans didn't know how to swim effectively. In the 1900s, Australians invented the Australian Crawl that has since become known as 'overarm' or 'freestyle' swimming stroke.
1902 Notepad -For 500 years, paper had been supplied in loose sheets. J A Birchall decided that it would be a good idea to cut the sheets into half, back them with cardboard and glue them together at the top.
1912 The tank - A South Australian named Lance de Mole submitted a proposal, to the British War Office, for a 'chain-rail vehicle which could be easily steered and carry heavy loads over rough ground and trenches'. The British war office liked the idea but then developed the tank themselves without paying royalties.
1917 Aspro - A pain reliever based on aspirin was developed in Melbourne by George Nicholas. By 1940 it had become the world's most widely used headache and pain treatment.
1930s - Nuclear Fusion - In the early 20th century, Mark Oliphant worked on the artificial disintegration of the atomic nucleus and positive ions, and designed complex particle accelerators. He discovered helium 3 and tritium, and also discovered that heavy hydrogen nuclei could be made to react with each other. This fusion reaction formed the basis of a hydrogen bomb.
1944 Antibiotic penicillin- Produced by Howard Florey with help from a Pome named Ernst Chain.
1958 Black box flight recorder - The 'black box' voice and instrument data recorder was invented by Dr David Warren in Melbourne.
1961 Ultrasound - David Robinson and George Kossoff's work at the Australian Department of Health, resulted in the first commercially practical water path ultrasonic scanner in 1961.
1965 Inflatable escape slide - The inflatable aircraft escape slide which doubles as a raft was invented by Jack Grant of Qantas.
1965 Wine cask -Invented by Thomas Angrove, the wine cask is a cardboard box housing a plastic container which collapses as the wine is drawn off, thus preventing contact with air.
1979 Bionic ear - The cochlear implant was invented by Professor Graeme Clark of the University of Melbourne.
1984 Baby Safety Capsule - Babies in a car crash used to bounce around like a soccer ball. In 1984, for the first time babies had a harness for their safe transportation in cars.
1992 Supersonic combustion - The University of Queensland demonstrated the world's first supersonic combustion in an atmospheric flight test at Woomera on July 30, 2002. The craft reached speeds of more than Mach 8, or 8 times the speed of sound.
1993 Scramjet - The University of Queensland reported for the first time the development of a scramjet that achieved more thrust than drag.
1995 - Jindalee Radar System - The United States of America spent $11 billion developing an aeroplane that could not be detected by radar. Scientists at the CSIRO then concluded that if the plane could not be detected, perhaps the turbulance it makes passing through air could be. $1.5 million later, the Jindalee Radar system had transformed the stealth bomber into nothing more than an unusual looking aircraft.
Hyshot Scramjet Engine - a very high speed air-breathing jet engine currently in the testing stage developed by a team from the University of Queensland led by Professor Allan Paull. In June 2007, it was successfully used to boost a test vehicle to hypersonic speeds.
Why the special status?
Because others are tired, worn out, used up, jealous, infested with non-compatable foreign cultures, artificially indignant, narrow-minded, on their last legs, and have no real argument in this thread.
We may not know how the world works, but we didn't rapidly lose some 40-odd colonies, territories, and commonwealth nations as some have, which would indicate they REALLY don't have a clue.
Why the special status?
Older, used-up, bankrupt, socially deteriorated nations don't call us for help as it's embarrassing to have to turn to their younger cousins who have done so much better, especially since they were the ones who left the old countries.
Because they FORCED us to be the global police TWICE when they were about to be overrun by other nations, when at the time we were perfectly comfortable to sit them out and stay home.
And of course everyone loves us.
Just to know us is to love us.