Gustatus Similus Pullus

You never know if you’re getting punk’d by a story on April Fool’s Day, but assuming this story about secret military units and their patches is on the level, there’s some interesting metacultural content to many of the patches. The Times is puzzled about the “Behind the Green Door” patch. All I can come up with is that the title refers to a 70s porn movie, but I don’t know what the green ghostly hand is stabbing with its dagger. Looks kind of like Black Manta from DC Comics. Actually, even if it’s a fake article, it’s very amusing.

Speaking of April Fool’s Day, if you’re at all interested in digital games, Blizzard Entertainment has outdone themselves this year with their April Fool’s content at the World of Warcraft site.

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5 Responses to Gustatus Similus Pullus

  1. hestal says:

    There was a song back in the 1950’s, maybe the early 60’s, titled “Green Door.” The singer was Jim Lowe(sp?). It began:

    “Midnight, one more night without sleepin’,
    Watching, till the morning comes creepin’,
    Wonderin’, just what secret they’re keepin’,
    Green Door.
    There’s an old piano, where they play it hot,
    Behind the Green Door,
    Don’t know what they’re doin’, but they laugh a lot,
    Behind the Green Door.”

  2. Timothy Burke says:

    Yeah, but that doesn’t explain the ghostly phantom or the knife on the badge.

  3. jim says:

    The intelligence community used to (perhaps still does) refer to being cleared for special access (e.g. SCI or gamma: “cleared weird” in military jargon) as being allowed behind the green door (yes, probably a reference to the song). The ghost imagery is because people in the intelligence community are often referred to as “spooks”. The lifetime of silence is because what you’ve worked on will never become declassified. The “knife” is probably a sword, which is standard weaponry imagery.

  4. Timothy Burke says:

    Works for me. Nice interpretation, Jim.

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