01/15/2022 (Sat) 08:54:50
I ate all that half cooked chicken from last week and I'm still alive.>>459325
It's a thing.
I don't think they really understand what they are doing, but it's related to maritime signaling.
Ships surrender by flying their flag at half mast.
A white flag is not actually for surrendering, it's for a truce.
The "upsidown flag" is difference again, it's a request for assistance from basically someone who wouldn't trust you, wouldn't understand why you needed help or couldn't actually surrender to you.
For instance if a dive bomber struck a enemy ship, that ship couldn't ask for a "truce" with a dive bomber.
Or a pirate might surrender in this way, because otherwise it might be interpreted as a trap.
Or a sinking ship who had already surrendered started to sink, this makes it clear the ship is not simply surrendering.
I believe I once read of a fort in Skandinavia that surrendered to a ship in this way, as there was a huge pile of explosives on fire underneath it and they wanted to evacuate the fort WITHOUT the ship's marines trying to capture the huge pile of burning explosives.