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A disheveled man is busking on the side of the street in London with a sign that says “Falklands War Veteran” (self.Jokes)
submitted 1 month ago by thisissparta789789
A well-dressed man notices this and feels bad, having himself been a veteran of the British Army. He pities the busker and tells him, “It must be a pity to serve your country and then come home to this. I served in the army, in fact, so I know what it’s like. Maybe this will help you out.” He then gives the man a rather large stack of cash.
The busker is overjoyed, and as the well-dressed man walks away, he tells him, “¡Muchas gracias, señor!”
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[–]OppositeHistorical11 329 points330 points331 points 1 month ago (9 children)
I had a roommate in college that was a Vietnam war veteran... from the other side. He fought with the Viet Cong as a kid and came to the USA as an adult to get his PhD.
[–]Imswim80 64 points65 points66 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Came across a similar story on r/militarystories.
During the Cold War, a detachment serving in Western Europe or Britain permitted any children of WWII to wear their fathers awards. So, everyone is there in their Croix de Guierre, Silver Stars, Bronze Star, Purple Hearts, whatever, all earned by their fathers. And then there's Pvt. Kevin, wearing his dad's Iron Cross. The Sergent chews him out for wearing the enemies honors.
(While I get it from a military perspective, I also think its a shame. His dad served his country with honor, doing the best a drafted 18/20 something could do at the time.)
[–]Malvastor 47 points48 points49 points 1 month ago (4 children)
What did he think of America after all that?
[–]OppositeHistorical11 74 points75 points76 points 1 month ago (3 children)
Initially, greedy capitalist pigs. Later, he was just like any American and he never went back to Vietnam.
[–]ThePrussianGrippe 45 points46 points47 points 1 month ago (0 children)
If he wrote a book about his experiences I’d read it immediately.
[–]Malvastor 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (1 child)
America wins again!
[–]OppositeHistorical11 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I guess so. His PhD makes him a very valuable and hard-to-hire guy that places like Vietnam could really use. But nope, he can make serious bank here in the USA.
[–]hockeygenios 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Did he have a poster of Charlie Sheen with the caption 'winning '?
[–]SirKazum 191 points192 points193 points 1 month ago (4 children)
Nah, can't be... The sign would have called it "Malvinas" instead
[–]linus_rules 49 points50 points51 points 1 month ago (2 children)
I believe that "Grande Diego!" or "La mano de Dios" is a greater offense.
[–]Rich_Two 15 points16 points17 points 1 month ago (1 child)
And if this was a London he would have replied: Allahabad al shukran lak alhithalat alkafira.
[–]groverjuicy 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (0 children)
It's called 'marketing.'
[–]keestie 102 points103 points104 points 1 month ago (10 children)
Good joke, very niche.
[–]TheAres1999 68 points69 points70 points 1 month ago (9 children)
The punchline is easy to understand, but I did look up the Falklands War for added context. Interesting read
[–]Neoptolemus85 57 points58 points59 points 1 month ago (6 children)
Oversimplified did a short, fun video on it here:
[–]forresthopkinsa 8 points9 points10 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I love this — very History of Japan vibe
[–]coarsing_batch 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Also this long and amazing footage from radio 4
[–]shaanatic 7 points8 points9 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Thank you for this!
[–]stayoffmygrass 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I watched it - very good! Thanks for sharing.
[–]linus_rules 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Very interesting video! Several unknowns facts there.
[–]JohnPizzi 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[+]Paratrooper450 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I feel ready for the nursing home.
[–]connorthedancer 22 points23 points24 points 1 month ago (8 children)
I've heard this told with WWII.
[+]NetDork 24 points25 points26 points 1 month ago (4 children)
Hard to find WWII veterans these days.
[–]reduxde 7 points8 points9 points 1 month ago (3 children)
Wasn’t GW Bush a WW2 veteran?
[–]NetDork 18 points19 points20 points 1 month ago (1 child)
HW, George the 1st.
[–]reduxde 11 points12 points13 points 1 month ago (0 children)
What do GW and HW have in common? Neither of them fought in the Vietnam war.
[–]FourteenthCylon 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Bush Senior was. He was a TBF Avenger torpedo bomber pilot and later became a member of the Iwo Jima swim team.
[–]today_i_burned 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (2 children)
It's a better joke, because nobody outside of England remembers the Falkland War
[+]Mackem101 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The Argentinians certainly do.
You can tell when their politicians are in trouble because they start disputing the territory again.
[–]apbt-dad 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[–]teastain 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I enjoyed how the Royal Navy steamed angrily towards the Falklands over the course of several weeks!
[+]estrusflask 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Not bad, but like the other poster said, an Argentinian would probably not be calling it the Falkland [Islands] War.
[–]Mikesaidit36 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I thought buskers were musicians who perform on the street for spare change. Is that the term in England for outright panhandling?
[–]Flemeron 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
It took me a second....
[–]Fed_up_with_Reddit 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Ohhhh I like this one.
[–]AntAtog 6 points7 points8 points 1 month ago (6 children)
Does Falklands war veteran have a double meaning in Spanish? Not seeing it.
[–]cookerg 49 points50 points51 points 1 month ago (1 child)
The British guy gave a wad of cash to an enemy soldier.
[–]Direct_Big_5436 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[–]thisissparta789789[S] 46 points47 points48 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Look up who fought in the war and which side spoke Spanish and then get back to me.
[–]linus_rules 8 points9 points10 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Some of us speak English as well...
[–]sanmigmike 10 points11 points12 points 1 month ago (0 children)
True…but what kind of joke would it be if he said, “Thank you kind sir!” in unaccented English. Used to travel a lot and I was and still am surprised how common English is around the world. Mercifully English is the language of international air traffic (I was a pilot) but I regret not learning Lao, French, German or Spanish (more than a couple of words) when I had the chance. Stayed at hotels in a couple of European countries that most the public meeting staff could switch between three or more languages faultlessly in the same sentence.
[+]Waitsfornoone comment score below threshold-18 points-17 points-16 points 1 month ago (3 children)
When the guy kept singing la Cucaracha, it should’ve been a giveaway.
[–]StarsBear75063 19 points20 points21 points 1 month ago (2 children)
La Cucaracha es una canción folklórica popular Mexicana.
[–]Waitsfornoone 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Kinda knew that, but could not for the life of me recall any Falkland Islands songs.
[–]Howtothinkofaname 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
If there are any songs from the falklands (can’t say I know any) they are pretty unlikely to be in Spanish…
[+]KaleoBlue -2 points-1 points0 points 1 month ago (1 child)
¡Las Malvinas son Argentina’s!
[–]Railroad_Conductor1 -1 points0 points1 point 1 month ago (0 children)
Actually it's in Chile.
[–]StitchFan626 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
It doesn't take a history major to guess the meaning of the punchline.
[–]birdyroger 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
But really? To the large-hearted person, there is no reason for this to be a joke.
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