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What’s the most ridiculous U.S. military operation codename you’ve ever come across? Is it the dank-as-hell Operation Juniper Cobra? Or the ever-so-suggestive Operation Viking Snatch? Or the naively optimistic Operation Iraqi Freedom? Well, take it from me: No matter how cool your badass covert op sounds in that recurring dream where you’re wielding dual M249 SAWs atop a bald eagle as your swoop down to immolate an ISIS commander, its name sounds horrible in real life — and usually even worse in retrospect.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Military operations ain't always sexy, but there are exceptions... at least in name. Awhile back, we noted how operational code names can often sound like a marijuana strain (Operation Nickel Grass? Nifty Nugget? Come on). But those aren't even the naughtiest ones. Think you can tell the difference between a joint combat exercise name and a coital position? Take our quiz and find out: Some of these titles involve soldiers humping their gear, and others involve… just humping.

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There is a difference, the late physicist and pop philosopher Richard Feynman used to say, "between knowing the name of something and knowing something." The military puts a lot of emphasis on the names of things, especially its operations and exercises — from Salty Hammer to Viking Snatch. Who else puts so much thought into a name, only to come up with such silly monikers? Your friendly cannabinoid salesmen. And if you plan on going far in either career field, you'd better know the differences.

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Wars and battles often get their titles well after they become history. But the operations that are carried out, are named before they happen. Deciding what to name operations can prove to be a hilarious, if not unfortunate task, as evidenced by the U.S. military.

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