We the Alien Robotic Collective have a lot of lightships so we are Navy-proud. We remind you that linguists (oh, those linguists) say that the difference between a dialect and a language is that a language “has an army and a navy.” So if you are an obscure dialect who wants a better linguistic status, start with one boat and some baking soda (but the eco kind). Enjoy these factoids we got from some random person who can’t hold a real job so spends their time compiling weird statistics.
Both Harvey and Alan have deep roots with the Navy.
- Little Alan in the photo above is forced to wear uncomfortable sailor clothing.
- Alan’s parents met on a ship.
- Both of Harvey’s parents were in the Navy.
- Harvey served in the Navy during the Korean war and was also a diving instructor. Every day he wore his special double dolphin Navy brass buckle.
- Alan Turing’s greatest codebreaking feat was cracking the Naval Enigma. It was complicated by eventually requiring 4 out of a possible 8 rotors and could only be fully cracked with the possession of special bigram tables, sets of random letters that were added to the encode message indicators.
- Alan loved sailing and traveled by boat several times to the US.
- The Muppet Show’s version of The Village People’s In the Navy aired in September/October 1980 and features Viking Pigs. Alan was of Danish/Scandanavian ancestry on both sides and learned both Norwegian and Danish.
- During World War II there were special U-Boats known as Milch-Cows that serviced other U-boats by supplying them with fuel, ammunition, etc. Harvey’s last name was originally Milch and that was also considered as his true surname by Harvey. Harvey also owned a special cow figurine named Milky.
READ about a brave LGBT Ugandan Refugee who continues the great work of Harvey and Alan (who supported a Jewish refugee from Austria, Bob Augenfield).
READ MORE ABOUT ALAN
How Alan Would Like to Be Remembered: (Hint: Gay yes, Martyr no!)
Autistically Awesome Alan Turing
Mathematical Knitting with Alan
Alan’s Sponge Cake