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Marines Drink Cobra Blood in Training Exercise

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The Armed Forces will do anything to give our fighting men and women an edge. Apparently, that includes some training exercises that would be right at home on ‘Fear Factor.

During the joint drill ‘Cobra Gold,’ which takes place annually in Thailand with our Asian allies, Marines from the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment were photographed eating frogs, lizards and scorpions as part of a team building project. And if that wasn’t enough, the troops were also sucking down shots of cobra blood. (Somewhere, Charlie Sheen is nodding his head.)

“Cobra Gold is much more than just an exercise,” said Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr., commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. “We have a challenging two weeks in front of us that will build relationships between partnering nations and improve the interoperability for forces across the range of military operations.”

Cobra Gold certainly is more than just an exercise. It would also be a great name for a snake blood infused malt liquor.

[via New York Daily News]

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