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Paul Rudd is now the face of the Pentagon's Baskin-Robbins for a very good reason
As the heart of America's military-industrial complex, the Pentagon is among the most heavily-fortified office buildings on the planet. But no security system is a match for Scott Lang, the small-time criminal-turned Marvel superhero (played by Paul Rudd) whose electronics expertise and high-tech shrinking suit allow him to infiltrate bank vaults and secret bases with ease.
Luckily, it seems that Lang found a faster way into the center of America's military might by scooping sherbert at the Pentagon Baskin-Robbins — at least, that's the impression we get from the Google Maps photo for the DoD HQ's strategic ice cream repository.
Look it up yourself, and you'll find a picture of Rudd's five-o-clock-shadowed face from the 2015 film Ant-Man looking back at you:
Baskin-Robbins always finds out(Google Maps)
As first reported by Washingtonian's Elliot Williams, the photo was uploaded three years ago by a user under the name "Lloyd Christmas."
The image comes from an early scene in Ant-Man where our hero, fresh out of prison for breaking-and-entering, grand larceny, and other "cool crimes," gets a gig slinging scoops while he struggles to get back on his feet.
The Baskin-Robbins scene from 2015's 'Ant-Man' www.youtube.com
Sadly, Lang is eventually fired from Baskin-Robbins in the movie because of his criminal record (and because Baskin-Robbins always finds out). Perhaps that's why the Pentagon location got only 3.5 out of five stars on Google Maps.
"I found a missile in my ice cream. will NOT be back," wrote a local guide named Quinn, who was one of 18 critics to publish their thoughts on the shop.
One ice cream critic used Google Translate to write "A good establishment, but the impression is spoiled by some tasteless pentagonal building in the neighborhood," in both English and Russian. Four stars.
The image of Paul Rudd/Scott Lang/Ant-Man isn't the only unusual photo gracing the Google Maps page of a Pentagon-based fast food chain. Click on the Panda Express there and you'll find a photo uploaded this month by user Bruh Bruhov of somebody holding what appears to be a dead fish over a flat wooden surface.
The Google Maps photo shenanigans continue at KFC, where several young men have left striking self-portraits over the past two years.
In our opinion, the award for most impressive gallery of Google Maps images at a fast food chain at the Pentagon goes to one of its Subway Restaurants locations. The portfolio there includes a Mr. Krabs in powered armor, and an image of "Communism Man" claiming that communism is good for weight loss.
"Are you SO bored that you're reading through Subway reviews at the Pentagon??," wrote McMc in a particularly portentous five-star review last year.
Yes, McMc. Yes I am.
‘Take what’s inside and get it outside’ — Air Force psychologist reminds airmen of mental health resources
Kirtland Air Force Base isn't much different from the world beyond its gates when it comes to dealing with mental illnesses, a base clinical psychologist says.
Maj. Benjamin Carter told the Journal the most frequent diagnosis on the base is an anxiety disorder.
"It's not a surprise, but I anticipate about anytime in the population in America, about 20% of the population has some form of diagnosable anxiety disorder, and it's no different in the military," he said.
Leading the way among the anxiety disorders, he said, were post-traumatic stress disorder "or something like panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder."
The DNA of a niece and nephew, who never met their uncle, has helped identify the remains of the Kansas Marine who died in WWII.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 21-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Raymond Warren was identified using DNA and circumstantial evidence. Warren had been buried in a cemetery in the Gilbert Islands, where he was killed when U.S. forces tried to take secure one of the islands from the Japanese.
The Battle of Tarawa lasted from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 1943, and claimed the lives of 1,021 U.S. marines and sailors, more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and an estimated 1,000 Korean laborers before the U.S. troops seized control, the agency said.
Arizona lawmakers are vowing to fight a plan by the Air Force to start retiring some of the nation's fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets — a major operation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base — as part of a plan to drop some older, legacy weapon systems to help pay for new programs.
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former A-10 pilot, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s starting this year.
During a press briefing last week, Air Force officials unveiled plans to start mothballing several older platforms, including retiring some A-10s even as it refits others with new wings.
MOSCOW/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un was filmed riding through the snow on a white stallion last year, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on 12 purebred horses from Russia, according to Russian customs data.
Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.
State media heralded the jaunts as important displays of strength in the face of international pressure and the photos of Kim astride a galloping white steed were seen around the world.
North Korea has a long history of buying pricey horses from Russia and customs data first reported by Seoul-based NK News suggests that North Korea may have bolstered its herd in October.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A high-profile local Taliban figure who announced and justified the 2012 attack on teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has escaped detention, Pakistan's interior minister confirmed a few days after the militant announced his breakout on social media.
Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who claimed responsibility on behalf of his group for scores of Taliban attacks, proclaimed his escape on Twitter and then in an audio message sent to Pakistani media earlier this month.
The Pakistani military, which had kept Ehsan in detention for three years, has declined to comment but, asked by reporters about the report, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, said: "That is correct, that is correct."
Shah, a retired brigadier general, added that "you will hear good news" in response to questions about whether there had been progress in hunting down Ehsan.