TIL about Operation Platypus: in 1943, Winston Churchill randomly demanded a live platypus from Australia. The poor platypus (named Winston, of course) was sent across the ocean to Liverpool but died just 4 days before the arrival when the ship got attacked by a U-boat attack.

Read more: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/bbc-wildlife-magazine/20170927/282222305926662

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  1. Churchill slurring: “Send me a goddamn platypus, now.” “A platy…” “You heard me you bog Irish convict bitch! Send me a goddamn platypus right now! And a fucking kangaroo!”

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