Stealth invasion

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:16 am

According to witnesses, the United States army invaded a nation I’d never heard of yesterday. It might not be true, but what caught me was there’s a country I’d never heard of before. To my former seventh grade geography students: I missed one! Sorry. The CIA knows about it, though. Sounds like a rough place.

UPDATE: Amazing. Someone there has scanned in one of the flyers passed out by the invading force and put it on the country’s official website. It’s in French. Here’s a translation.


  1. The entry about the coelacanth being only near the Comoros/Madagascar area is wrong. There is also a colony near Indonesia. How do I know htis? I saw the a bit on the Discovery channel this morning. :)

    Comment by satan — 12/21/2001 @ 5:42 am

  2. Wow.. you mean for once I knew something you didn’t? That literally amazes me. This education in ecology comes in handy sometimes. I actually found out about the Comoros in my ichthyology class because it is the only nation where the once-thought-extinct coelacanth is found. Now its on their flag.

    Comment by Jen — 12/21/2001 @ 10:28 am

  3. See, all of the coelacanth programs and articles I’ve seen say they were found “off the coast of Madagascar”, which is true enough, I guess. Of course, now they’re being regularly found in Indonesia (and are often discovered at local fish markets, believe it or not).

    According to the CIA (link above) the flag is the standard Islamic cresent moon and stars motif.

    In further reading yesterday, I realized I *had* heard of the place before, it just didn’t stick. Many of the place names there match names found in the Book of Mormon. Speculation is the Joseph Smith heard of the place from a whaler in New England and borrowed the names when he wrote his book. Or, if you’re a believer, Joseph Smith’s visions and this place may be divinely connected.

    Comment by eric — 12/21/2001 @ 10:36 am

  4. I’m actually glad to hear that they’ve discovered coelacanths somewhere other than the Comoros. My latest info had us all afraid that the ichthyologists would get the last of them. (”yeah, sure, they’re extinct “again” but I got mine!) And what can I say.. ichthyology was a few years ago now.

    Had never heard of the Mormon connection. I wonder what Mormons think about coelacanths? (Do Mormons think about coelacanths? I’ve met some Mormons who do actually think, believe it or not, so I’m not going to ask that leading question.)

    And I dunno about the flag. I guess the CIA might know what they’re talking about.

    I’m in Chicago and it’s snowing! What does that have to do with coelacanths? Nothing! But it’s still way cool.

    Comment by Jen — 12/26/2001 @ 5:23 am

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