Some news items leave me shaking my head in wonder. That was the case when I read about the annual pillow fight at the United States Military Academy – West Point – that went terribly wrong.
The tradition calls for cadets to let off a bit of steam after a long hot summer of training by having a huge pillow fight. Lots of testosterone being spent in a safe if competitive fashion. Well, not quite.
Evidently the military training these kids undertook all summer rubbed off on them. A number of the combatants thought it would be a good idea to place hard objects – helmets and rocks – in their pillow cases along with the soft feathers and foam. The result: 24 concussed cadets, a few broken limbs and I imagine numerous headaches.
I just have to believe that those who came up with this devious plot will be placed on a fast track to high-level intelligence positions at the Pentagon. Of course those who were on the receiving end of a Beautyrest Bomb or IPD (improvised pillow device) and managed to survive relatively unscathed will forever be infantry soldiers. The army always needs a few hard heads.
But why would West Point allow this story to be made public? Let’s face it, this hardly shows the cadets as bright lights, not even night lights. Then it occurred to me that releasing this will help to expose hidden terrorist cells. By using very advanced equipment to listen for uproarious laughter across the Middle East, army intelligence will be able to unearth ISIS and others as they watch the next wave of soldiers attempt to brain each other.
Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up!