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    10 oddest wars in history

    10 oddest wars in history

    It is a fun list. Many of them had zero casualties. One war was against a non-human foe.

    The Emu War




    This is perhaps the only formal war where one of the belligerents was not human, but rather avian. In 1932, the emu population in Australia was growing out of control, with an estimated 20,000 emus running around the Australian desert and causing havoc among crops. In response, the Australian military sent out a task force of soldiers armed with machine guns to kill the emus and even jokingly declared war on them. In mid-November they drove out into the desert and proceeded to hunt down any emus they could find. However, they ran into complications; the emus proved remarkably resilient, even when struck by multiple machine gun bullets they continued to run away, easily outstripping the heavily laden soldiers. The Emu War lasted for nearly a week before Major Meredith, the commander of the emu-killing task-force gave up in disgust after the soldiers only bagged a fraction of the elusive birds.


    War duration: (November 11-18 1932) Seven days.

    Casualties: 2,500 emus.
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    The list isn't legit because it doesn't include the War of Jenkins' Ear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexa View Post
    The list isn't legit because it doesn't include the War of Jenkins' Ear.
    Let's make it number 11:

    War of Jenkins’ Ear, war between Great Britain and Spain that began in October 1739 and eventually merged into the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–48). It was precipitated by an incident that took place in 1738 when Captain Robert Jenkins appeared before a committee of the House of Commons and exhibited what he alleged to be his own amputated ear, cut off in April 1731 in the West Indies by Spanish coast guards, who had boarded his ship, pillaged it, and then set it adrift. Public opinion had already been aroused by other Spanish outrages on British ships, and the Jenkins episode was swiftly exploited by members of Parliament who were in opposition to the government of Robert Walpole.
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    Let's not forget The Ten Year War: The Ten Year War was a series of college football games in the Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry, played between 1969 and 1978. This series of games pitted coaches Woody Hayes of Ohio State and Bo Schembechler of Michigan against each other in classic teacher-versus-student matchups. In most contests, the Big Ten conference championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl were at stake, and in some cases, a possible national championship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    Whether or not the ear was exhibited in Parliament remains under dispute, but I like to believe it was.
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