Army & Navy: Better Mousetraps

In the Southwest Pacific, U.S. Seabees, who boast that they can repair anything from a watch to a battleship, turned to another activity in their spare time. A Navy officer reported they were making grass skirts and selling them to the natives. Reason for the market: the Seabees' skirt is better than the native product.


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