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Even in police work...
eye-witness testimony doesn't have the luster it once held.
It's common. In high school history class, a teacher in mid-lecture informed us that in WWII, the British did strategic bombing by daylight, while the US bombed by night. Roused me from my lethargy, and I stuck up my hand..."Excuse me, but don't you mean the other way around?" Nope, he did not. He clearly remembered being on the parade ground each morning and seeing the US bombers returning from their night missions, while the RAF flew out for their daylight runs. He was there, and saw it for himself. At that point, I went back to my lethargy. (I was a master doodler. Festooned my book covers with all sorts of nonsense.) Textbooks are nice, and all, but nothing beats personal experience.
Ok, this is kinda off topic but military related. Has anyone else been told "You were never in the military so you don't know." My father is constantly saying this to me. To him, the Arizona was just gray on December 7th, Splinter Camouflage never existed in the US Navy, or any other navy for that matter, and America still has a dedicated training carrier. Regardless of evidence, "they don't know, I do, I WAS IN THE NAVY!" is his common reply.
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