Following yet another gaffe by US President Donald Trump in which he revealed that there are two nuclear submarines off North Korea , comes another underwater warfare secret.
American submariners have been using an electronic exercise machine to keep trim . This depth charged leak was contained in the above large advertisement for the Relax-A-cizor , used aboard atomic subs Seawolf, Skate and Nautilus .
It tells how the medical officer of Seawolf got the idea by watching his wife using such a gadget to keep trim . If she could trim her hips and waist by simulated exercise , why wouldn't it work on the crew ?
In the record smashing voyage in which Seawolf stayed submerged for two months , 13 crewmembers , dubbed the Charm Club , used the device 30 minutes a day , six days a week .
During that time , a lot of water passed over the conning tower and the Charm Club lost an average of one and a half inches about the waist , one three and a quarter inches . Fifty percent (six and a half !! ) were able to sleep easier and all wanted to keep the machine aboard ; the Skate and Nautilus followed suit .
The gadget could be ordered in the USA, Caracas, Venezuela , Mexico City and Havana , Cuba (wonder if the Russians bought them down there ? ). The advertisement appeared in the March 1959 Esquire magazine for real men , some short , who could buy height increasing shoes called Elevators , apparently to impress blondes in two piece swimming costumes who go for tall men . One would think a bloke strutting about the beach in high heels would be regarded as a bit of a dork by members of the opposite sex .