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How fans of 'Jack Reacher' were right about Tom Cruise

He's one leading man who came up short.

If there's one criticism fans of the Jack Reacher book series had with its movie adaptation and its sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, it was the star of the series. In the novels, author Lee Child's former Army MP protagonist would tower over his opposition — but the movies' producers cast Tom Cruise to portray the character. The less-imposing Cruise just didn't measure up to the part.

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History

How this paratrooper got his trench knife back after 70 years

Which story is better – how he fought in Europe or how he got his knife back? You decide.

During the launch of Operation Market Garden, a young Nelson Bryant and thousands of fellow paratroopers from the 82d Airborne parachuted into occupied Holland in an attempt to dislodge its Nazi occupiers. Bryant, wounded in a previous mission, took shrapnel to the leg as he fell to Earth. After landing, he began freeing himself from his harness. Under fire from nearby German positions, he was forced to cut it off.

Without thinking, he dropped his knife as he scrambled for cover. It seemed to be lost forever — but it was actually only 73 years.

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That time high-value POWs were rescued from Nazis by the Nazis

The SS and the Wehrmacht did not get along.

Nazi SS forces tasked with guarding the Nazis' most high-value prisoners finally moved them all to a single place as the war (and the Nazi party) was nearing its end. Among those were troops with famous names, like Churchill. There were former world leaders who happened to be of Jewish descent, like Hungary's Miklos Kallay. Prince Philip Von Hesse was there, too. And there were members of high-ranking military families, like the Von Stauffenbergs (whose patriarch famously tried to kill Hitler in the Valkyrie plot).

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SPORTS

Watch this dedicated 49er shake every military hand before MNF

The game was big for George Kittle even before it started.

While some people see the NFL's Salute to Service as a PR stunt, paid for by the U.S. military (we know who you are; we read the comments), what you need to know is that no matter who's paying for it, those players really mean it. It's the individual that really takes on the mantle of showing affection for U.S. troops.

To see appreciation in action, look no further than the 49ers' George Kittle.

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Why the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs drank from a fountain in France

That's not just any fountain.

Civilians and members of other military branches might have been surprised to see Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, drinking from a fountain during World War I commemoration ceremonies in France over the past Veterans Day weekend. Well, it wasn't just a case of Marines being Marines at any rank — that fountain is a part one of the Corps' most time-honored traditions.

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SPORTS

That time the Panthers ran a play from 'Little Giants'

"The Annexation of Puerto Rico" is a modified fumblerooski.

In 2011, the Carolina Panthers were up 14-0 against the Houston Texans. With time running out in the first half, Carolina ran a trick play that saw quarterback Cam Newton secretly slip the ball between the legs of tight end Richie Brockel after quickly taking the snap. Brockel ran the ball in for another touchdown and the Panthers would win the game, 28-13.

After the game, reporters wanted to know where head coach Ron Rivera drew inspiration for the play. The answer was the movie, Little Giants.

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The 10 best regional sandwiches from around America

If there's anything America loves, it's a good sandwich. Some are popular, some are less well-known but the one thing we do know is the United States has a lot of them. Still, no matter where you're from, we're willing to bet two things: the first is that some of these sandwiches will be new to you, and the second is that you're gonna want to try at least one.

From Texas to Michigan and California to Pennsylvania, here are WATM's favorite hyper-regional sandwiches we think everyone needs to try.

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The world's most beloved veteran superhero is dead at 95

Lee died Nov. 12, 2018.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe was the start of superhero fandom for millions. For many, many others, it was just the latest iteration of graphic works of art – this time, come to life on the big screen. And inside each of those was a small cameo, a little role to play for the man who started it all, Stan Lee.

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History

This boxer survived the Holocaust by winning fights in Auschwitz

The winner fights another day, and the loser goes to the gas chamber.

Salamo Arouch literally fought for survival during World War II. But he wasn't a soldier, he was a boxer of Jewish-Greek descent. That means the All-Balkans Middleweight Champ ended up in Auschwitz when the Nazis rolled into his home city of Thessalonica, Greece, in 1943.

That's where he started fighting for his life.

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