Discontinued sets + 6 interesting WWII facts

Discontinued sets + 6 interesting WWII facts

Hello again!

Before we get into some fascinating facts, I want to give you a few updates, including letting you know about some recently discontinued COBI sets.

It's been a stressful week waiting for updates on our delayed COBI shipment. On top of that, we heard our CaDA delivery had literally missed the boat on 12th March, even though it left the factory a week before. This means it won’t arrive in stock until mid-May. I'm sorry to be the bearer of yet more bad news, especially for those of you eagarly awaiting the new London collection and any backorders.

Moving onto discontinued COBI sets, I wanted to give you a heads up as they are popular. Just to be clear I always check if they are 'out of production' or 'discontinued'. Our COBI contact says these are discontinued: COBI-4832 - Executive Edition Yamato, COBI-2984 - Tank Mark V and both the Executive and the Standard Edition Titanic sets: COBI-1928 and COBI-1929. We have a limited number of each available.

That's all for now - have a great weekend and enjoy some fascinating facts, from how penicillin was recycled to a lifesaving use for coconut water. Let us know your favourite, or share your own interesting fact in the comments below.

Warmest wishes,

1. Adrian Carton de Wiart, a British officer fought in the Boer War, WWI & II, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunnelled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn’t amputate them. He later stated, “frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

2. Penicillin was recycled and extracted from the urine of soldiers already on the antibiotics.

3. The idea that carrots improve your eyesight was a rumour started during WWII by the British army, who wanted to conceal that a new technology, RADAR, was giving their pilots “night vision.”

4. Coconut juice – or water inside – not only is sterile, but has the same electrolytic balance as human blood, which enabled medics in the Pacific Theater in World War II to use it as an emergency substitute for plasma.

5. A radio belonging to a British Prisoner of War was hidden so well that when the soldier visited the camp 62 years later, he found it right where he left it.

6. Fanta was invented by Coco-Cola inside Nazi Germany. Made by whatever was available, Fanta was short for “fantasy” and became a point of national pride for Germany.

1 comment

  • Andrew McMutrie

    I love these interesting WW2 facts – I have been known to hijack some for my pub quizzes so thank you :-)
    But I think you’ll find it was the RAF that instigated the idea of carrots being good for vision, not the army!

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