Murdoc’s got a lot of stuff going on over the next couple of days, so posting might be a little lighter than normal. But I wanted to do a follow-up on the Urban Combat Skateboard bit (also cross-posted to Defense Tech).
The theories seem to fall into three categories:
- The skateboard is used for belly crawling because all the armor and gear weighs the troops down.
- Sensors of some sort are mounted on the top of the skateboard and it’s rolled ahead of advancing troops
- The skateboard is simply pushed out ahead in order to set off any tripwired devices and draw sniper fire. Sort of the old “hat on a stick” trick on wheels.
Murdoc continues to wonder if this isn’t just some completely crocked caption to a photo of a Marine holding a skateboard. Doesn’t anyone know?
The last two posts on the DD(X) have pulled in a total of 197 comments so far, many of them fact-filled and insightful. And no one has any hard info on the urban combat skateboard?
UPDATE: Looks like my cross-post to Defense Tech got Farked. And a lot of Googles are coming in looking for ‘urban combat skateboard’. If this silliness turns into a fad, don’t forget who pointed it out…
UPDATE 2: Also, a DT reader points out that it’s not “got butkus” as I wrote, but “got bubkes” or alternatively “got bupkis”:
Bubkes (also spelled “bupkis”) – nothing, as in He isn’t worth bubkes (from Yiddish bopkes ‘little beans’)
I will correct the post before Yiddish speakers begin rioting in the streets. (Whew! That was close!) Noah Shachtman (who runs DT) responded
I don’t think “Murdoc,” who wrote the post, has much yiddishkeit.
I don’t have much yiddishkeit? Are you kidding me? Murdoc is “doesn’t have much yiddishkeit” personified.