Yep, in another life, I have worked for a few guys like that.
Originally Posted by brownsugar
Good luck with them - they're real "special".
Actually, one guy I used to work with like that that I have never forgotten used to tell us fantastic stories about how he fared in WW2 or the Vietnam war.
The stories were hilarious for several reasons.
Including how incredibly unbelievable they were - how they never chronologically, historically or otherwise made sense (fighter planes from Vietnam in WW2 scenarios etc), and also how their author had no idea how much we knew all this, but still listened.
Anyway, one of his war stories was so wild that one day I blew all our covers by erupting in laughter . . . . and that story goes a little like this . . . enjoy . . .
This (McGyver come James Bond come Mission Impossible) dude was (allegedly) flying a *Spitfire plane that was being attacked from the rear by the enemy - but the front mounted pilot with him got shot in the head and apparently the "only
" thing this McGyverJamesBondMissionImpossible super hero could do then was to (this is where the story gets real special) climb out on the wing (all, as the enemies were firing at him) and straighten out the barrel of the plane's gun (which was recessed into each wing) so they could shoot straight again.
You see (according to the story) it was due to them - only moments previous to when his co-pilot was shot - single handedly shooting so many enemies in a dogfight that their guns got too hot and started to droop, resulting in them losing the huge
advantage they had previously gained in air combat due to how much they were Top Gun-like legends.
(Even at that stage, the story was already remarkable (and so hard not to laugh at that you often had to often look away as it was being told - due to how much you were unsure you had complete control over your facial expressions) but what followed was - even though it proved to be more than I could bear and ultimately blew our covers - pure Gold).
So, as McGyverJamesBondMissionImpossible is dodging bullets out on the wing of his fighter plane whilst it has no pilot and they're surrounded by angry enemies that have all just seen their compatriots killed by these air force Top Guns . . . . he unscrews the barrel of the drooping gun - puts another in its place (because he just happens to have the replacement on him) - does it all without being shot and harmed, and also without the plane losing control - then once the gun barrel problem is resolved he quickly makes his way back into the cockpit - where he immediately performs a big backward loop and kills all those on his tail and around him.
Just like that.
A few hours later back at the air force base he is then awarded with a medal for bravery.
My God, over the years, you have no idea how much we have all laughed recounting that story.
Over the years (as suspected) we found out that the plane (*I think he claimed it was a Spitfire, but it may have not been a Spitfire, as I can't recall all the stories' details properly anymore) in question was never in the war the story specified and that - even if it was - apparently climbing out on the wing and replacing the gun barrel from that position - even if the plane were on the ground - would be impossible.
Anyway, don't work too hard and fight the good (smart) fight.