WWII Made Me Panic.


We Can Do It!

There is a completely awesome Twitter account that I follow called @RealTimeWWII, which live tweets WWII as it happened day by day from 1940-1945. I am a giant history nerd and am absolutely infatuated with this twitter account. If y’all are on the Twitter, I suggest you follow it. You needed to know about @RealTimeWWII because it’s awesome but also because it’s relevant to the story I need to tell you.

This is a cautionary tale. You would be wise to learn from it.

The other day, I was skimming quickly through my Twitter feed and noticed this tweet: : “USA protesting British warships detaining its cruise liners at Gibraltar; UK insists it’s necessary to enforce blockade on Germany“. These are my paraphrased thoughts after reading it.

Oh no. Oh no. This is really bad. When did the UK put a blockade on Germany? How did I miss this? What could have led up to this? I don’t recall reading anything in the news about it and I read BBC news, surely they would have included something about a UK blockade on Germany in the news. I just don’t understand how I missed something so major. This is really, really bad.  It’s like WWII all over again. Oh……oh wait. What Twitter account am I looking at? Oh. Oh I see. It *is* WWII. Whew. That’s a relief. Ok heart, you can stop racing now. Crises averted. Or, you know, crises passed because it was all well over before I was even born. Sheesh. I really need to pay better attention to what I’m reading on this thing. 

Y’all. I literally started having a panic attack based on something that happened in 1939 because I thought it was happening now. It really makes you think about how we’re all just driving like bats out of hell through life and maybe it would be better if we just slowed down every once in a while and paid better attention to what we’re reading on Twitter.

21 thoughts on “WWII Made Me Panic.

  1. Real Time WWII says:

    I’m glad people are finding it interesting! And really, your response is very reassuring. In some ways, I’m trying to shock people (briefly, not actually panic them) by making them contrast historical events to the things people tweet about today. I think it not only brings home how lucky we are today, but also forces us briefly to consider living through such shocking events- and to consider the past and the people who lived through it as real & relevant, just as we see our own lives & those of our tweeps.

  2. laurengraceevans says:

    That twitter feed (when not having my full attention) would make me panic! Even the picture that you have used is making me uneasy. That lady looks like she is about to thump the person who drew her left eyebrow so angrily.

  3. How lucky are we to not have lived that huh? cuz that might have been stressful and we wouldn’t even have had the INTERNET y’all.
    What would our generation be without the internet it’s scary to think about. :S

    Good day 🙂

  4. You made me think of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast, too. Actually, I have that on cd, I should listen to it again.

    I do the same thing, though. I can be fairly impatient, and sometimes I realize that I’m glancing at or skimming through things that I should be paying more attention to.

  5. Thanks for posting this! I added that Twitter to my feed. I’ve always had a fascination with WWII for some reason, maybe partly because my mom actually lived in Germany (as a little girl) during the war.

  6. This is a perfect example of what Twitter does to me on a regular basis. Trying to keep up with it makes me break into a cold sweat. I’d be in big trouble if I followed this account!

  7. Almost a War of the Worlds moment. Orson Wells would be proud that you realized what was going on pretty quickly 🙂

    Tapping the brakes is good advice for life in general, and in particular when it comes to what we read on the internet.

  8. Now, that’s a story! That would be a panic moment for sure.

    I love the idea of this WWII daily updates Twitter acct., tho.. Can you imagine just the part where you had to black out your windows every night with black curtains to hide from potential air raids? At least, my Mother had to, on the East Coast here. And rationing. Some of which turned out to be unneccessary. My father said, years after the war, the Navy was still trying to serve the seamen 20 year old butter leftover from WWII rationing- which left huge surpluses! (Makes ya wonder, just how old was that government cheese they used to give away in the 1980’s?)

    1. It’s an awesome Twitter account! I can’t even begin to imaging how stressful and panic-inducing it must have been to have actually lived through that. I didn’t know that about the butter! It’s kind of hilarious and definitely makes me side-eye that government cheese. 😉

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