15 Unexpected Spoils of War
War is hell, except when it comes to getting stuff, in which case: War is hella good, yo.
Countless technological breakthroughs and medical leaps forward have taken place due to necessity brought about by conflict — it was, what, 10 years after the first airplane that aerial combat became a huge part of the First World War? It’s an ugly truth about human progress: A lot of it comes out of really shitty shit.
Sometimes, though, when a war is over, you get to take a bunch of crap from the baddies. It in no way makes up for all the horror and bloodshed and death and pain, but as the dust settles, sometimes you get to go, “Hey, this cool boat’s ours now!” Or: “I’m going to make this same soup at home.”
Other times you’re left with a bunch of stuff you don’t need anymore now that you aren’t in conflict, and finding a use for it can bring about all kinds of far-reaching changes.
But war still sucks. Don’t do it, kids.