Strange things that just go bump in the night – the Curta

January 31, 2010

What I am going to share with you all today is a story about how adversity is the mother of necessity – it also happens to be one of those stuff that really piques my interest.
There you go.

No it’s not a high tech pepper grinder, believe it or not, it’s a mechanical calculator. But that’s just a foretaste as the weirdest part of this invention is the history that accompanies it.
The Incredible Curta was invented by a certain Mr Herzstark who was a prisoner in Buchenwald (you know the place where they have those showers that spew out gas instead of water) – history doesn’t really record why a prisoner in a death camp was allowed the time, material and even encouragement to work on such a device – had it gone into full scale production during WW 2, this would have been the equivalent of Apple’s latest itablet – you see the Nazi’s weren’t very good at math; they didn’t place a lot of emphasis on adding, subtracting and dividing – wonder no more why most of rockets fell short of London and ended up killing sheep and cows in some obscure countryside in Surrey – but as I said, if a Nazi artillery commander had the Curta, his shells would certainly find the mark; submarine commanders wouldn’t have to wonder whether their torpedoes would find the bulkheads of merchant ships and German pilots wouldn’t have too much trouble figuring out whether they had enough fuel for the return trip. And death camps commandants would probably use it to calculate how many Jews can I fit into the death showers. You get my drift.
But Mr Herzstark wasn’t a dummy; he wasn’t going to let this mechanical brain fall into the grubby hands of the Nazi’s; so that they can win the war and continue doing the evil stuff, they do to people and planet – history records what he once said to a fellow inmate, “I am going to give those bastards a false sense of confidence…then when the least expect it, shut the trap door!” , wonder no more why he used the Curta as a way to squeeze out better terms from the camp commandant – and perhaps saved a couple of hundred other lives by getting extra rations, better living conditions and odd red cross rations etc – he may have even been responsible for helping bring WW II to a quick end – as seven prototypes of the Curta were issued to the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) to compute their sights; true to the spirit of the rebel; Mr Herztstark deliberately sabotaged them by adding a ghost in the machine: result – those submarines all ended up in the bottom of the Atlantic (not a bad innings, if you ask me for a man stuck in some death camp) – meanwhile to wet the beak of his jailers, he gave them the impression, he was working day and night, when he was probably just doodling and pretending to be really busy (sounds abit like me when I work)
In was only in April 1945 when the Americans liberated the camp – that Mr Herzstark proclaimed his invention had been completed, he had the last laugh as it never ever went into full scale mass production – smart guy if you ask me; as I can’t think of a better way to blackmail my captors – string them with a hook, line and sinker – bait them – give them a false sense of confidence – when they bite, just seed out rope and hold on tight and never let go – to me that’s strategy at the highest level – when you play your opponent like a violin and he even pays you for it – history states as far as prison life goes, Mr Herzstark lived like a lord and king, he was even allowed to eat on the same table as his captors.

This story may not be a page turner; but it’s certainly a life changer – as it demonstrates very clearly how when faced with a bigger and stronger foe; and this could be your evil boss at work; that guy that’s eyeing your job, rumor mongerer or just some cheap site that out to do you in with a couple of cyber hired guns (that don’t even know how to clean up after the kill! And leave a blood trail that says, “here I am!”). The moral of the story is keep your cool like our Mr Herzstark and don’t forget to use your brains – pitch it right and you can even get what you want; but always remember that’s only possible if you have something to offer – so work on that part, but remember package it right like a juicy sardine curled along a shank – once they bite, hold on and wear them down – don’t be impulsive, don’t tug, just be cool (I prefer the trickle effect, it’s much more effective than the big bang – as it operates at a very one to one personal level, where you may just be talking to less than 3 or 4 people, remember even trickling water can cut through Tungsten carbide grade granite – don’t believe me – next time you go on a date and you want to make an impression, leave your mobile phone at home – she will notice it,  and when she does, just say something like, “you know what the poets say, you can hold time in a grain of sand – in the same way one evening can be the span of a lifetime – effect: she will never forget you, never! – unless of course she sees your room where all the clothes go to die) do it right and you can even squeeze them to get the best terms when you have a lousy hand of cards – that incidentally happens to be one of the greatest tricks in life – turning tables on your enemies, that is.

Darkness 2010

N.B DO BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IF SOME OF YOU CLAIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, BOOKMARK IT, THAT WAY WHEN WE DECIDE TO TAKE OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO CONT READING SOME OF OUR STUFF . BOOKMARK, IT AS WHEN THEY TAKE OFF, AS THEY DO, AT LEAST, YOU WILL HAVE A LINK, DO IT NOW!– ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE IS THIS HAS HAPPENED  RECENTLY – , THE BP HAS BARRED ALL FUTURE ESSAYS TO BE POSTED BY THE SINGAPORE DAILY. I DID ASK BABY DARKNESS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, ” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things– without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

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