Monday, March 14, 2011

Gadhafi's Amazonian Guard

Am I the last person to know this? I love weirdness, so how is it that I did not know this until just now?

This headline caught my eye as I was browsing through FaceBook yesterday: Need to Know from PBS - Five Things You Need to Know about Libya's Moammar Gadhafi. The best thing I learned?

"Perhaps Gadhafi’s greatest celebration of women, however, is his Amazonian Guard — a squad of all-female personal bodyguards and alleged virgins who sometimes wear high heels with their fatigues and always, always look like badass extras from a Missy Elliot video."

Yep, Gadhafi's got himself an elite force of female body guards - the Amazonian Guard. Supposedly every member of this 500-member guard is a virgin, hand-picked by Gadafi, and they are to remain chaste throughout their service. They undergo extensive martial arts and firearms training at a special academy before coming official members of the force. They dress in military attire, but also wear nail polish, make-up and jewelry, and sometimes high heels. From the photos you can see he has a rainbow coalition of badass armed women surrounding him. It is like a really great bad movie.

Click here for some photos of the so-called Amazon soldiers.

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