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Old December 1st, 2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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Oddest Wars Ever Fought (or not fought)?

I'm a history teacher considering doing a unit on wars that were truly odd or unusual.

I've come up with a number such as the

A) Anglo Zanzibar War-odd for being the shortest war in history.
B) The Football (or Soccer) War-odd for tensions being raised to the point of war in part thanks to a World's Cup qualifying series.
C) The Emu War- only war so far not involving a human opponent.
D) The Cod War(s)- name similarity of the Cold War.

Any other suggestions?
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Old December 1st, 2013, 04:54 PM   #2
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The only one I can think of right now is the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_war"]Pig War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame].
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Old December 1st, 2013, 05:02 PM   #3

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The War of Jenkin's Ear.
War of Jenkins' Ear - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

War of the Golden Stool.
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Golden_Stool]War of the Golden Stool - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

I am noticing a pattern on who is involved in all of this silliness.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 05:45 PM   #4

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Originally Posted by Dayton Lavon Kitchens View Post
A) Anglo Zanzibar War-odd for being the shortest war in history.
People often mock this war, but it should be remembered that a British officer suffered a really nasty splinter.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 06:23 PM   #5
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The Arostook War (which is also called the "Pork and Beans War") ended before any actual battles occurred. The dispute was over the Maine/Canadian border and logging rights. The British and American governments were able to settle the border dispute peacefully. However, according to Wikipedia, there were several non-combat injuries to some militia members.

[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aroostook_War]Aroostook War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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Old December 1st, 2013, 06:25 PM   #6
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IIRC there was a border war in Eastern Europe in the 1990s that some called the "Drunken War" because at night, when the fighting had settled down lots of officers from both sides would get together and drink. A lot.

IIRC again, something like 1,000 people were killed in it.
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 10:41 AM   #7
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I keep coming back (and keep reading more and more) about the Pig War between Britain and the US in 1859. At its height, several British war ships with 167 cannon and over 2,000 British marines faced off against less than 500 US Army soldiers with 14 cannon. Fortunately, President Buchanan the British saw how silly this was. Only the pig died. To commemorate the war, the US Park service still raises and lowers the Union Jack at the site and there also is a Royal Marine Cemetery located at the park (English Camp, San Juan Island).

Joint occupation continued until the boundary was finally set in 1872 with arbitration under the Treaty of Washington. Kaiser Wilhelm I was one of the arbitrators.

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HMS Satellite 1859 in the San Juan Islands.

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Old December 2nd, 2013, 01:04 PM   #8
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Oddest war and one of my favorites is the Great Dumpling War.
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 01:39 PM   #9

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Originally Posted by okamido View Post
I am noticing a pattern on who is involved in all of this silliness.
Guilty as charged; the British have a long-standing agenda to fight all nations of the world at some point, and are quite good at finding ANY reason to start.
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 03:44 PM   #10
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The Kettle War between the Hapsburgs and the Dutch.
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