Tomato Gang~


"An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions"
colorized historical photograph


birvan asked: You probably already know that during the Discoveries Port had a lot of people flocking to Lisbon, willing to risk their lives in hope of making a fortune. And of course many of these people were farmers, who had little to no experience with sailing. One day Port got so fed up with these sailor wannabees not being able to tell port and starboard apart, he hanged a bunch of onions on one side and a bunch of garlic on the other and would shout "Turn to the onions" or "Turn to the garlics" instead.

Another classic moment. That’s brilliant. I BET IT WORKED TOO.

homo-arigato asked: When spaniards want to mess with portuguese people they say "their women have mustache". How do portuguese ppl insult spaniards?

We give Austria 12 points

Anonymous asked: So in Veiros (Estremoz) long ago an army of 12 000 moors fell upon the small village being completly destroyed. (True fact) How? The legend said that the only available men to fight, 12 knights were awaiting the large army until one of them started runing forward and screaming ''Para mil eu! Para mil eu!'' A thousand for me! The others followed blindy and somehow they managed to destroy the invadors. This legend also involves a miracle though- I think it's worth of praise Port's insane courage

Ohoh I had not heard of that one! I’m not sure if it’s worth of praise of his courage, but it definitely is of his insanity!

I did look up something that might interest you as far as those “run towards them and kill” tactics. Portugal was a country that was always heavily outnumbered, so they could never really beat the enemy through sheer army amount. They did have, however, a special type of phallic shaped swords, which accompanied by a dagger were very easy to maneuver, and really neat for close combat.

When it came to the Moors, here’s what Port knew: They had very effective bows for distances from 50 to 400 metres, but those were pretty useless in close range combat. Also, they did not have the habit of using armours. The Portuguese knew that their only hope was to run forwards to cut that distance, rendering their weapons useless. After getting close, it was easy to maneuver the sword and dagger and kill the enemy.

The thing I love about that, is that it shows it wasn’t really a matter of brave foolishness or whatever, it was actually pretty methodic and well thought out. The reason Portugal was always so successful in battles where otherwise he’d be very outnumbered, was his brains.


I love how Dublin is an old yet young city.


Remake of my most popular gifset (only this time in better quality).


Because who wouldn’t want to play a fighting game as fem!Netherlands and go on a quest to find the Final Boss, meet lots of people on the way and call Portugal out on his midbossness? (bg picture)

birvan asked: Did you know back in Port's earlier days, when using gargoyles on the sides of churches to ward off the devil and evil spirits was common, one of his motifs was a butt turned towards East (aka Spain)? =P



birvan asked: You probably already heard of the story of "O Decepado", but did you know that's the only full suit of armor made by Port that still exists? And it was all thanks to Spain, who still keeps it? Outside of his collection of artillery, Port has the terrible habit of not keeping mementos. Instead proud chest plates were transformed in pots and pans and the chainmail ended up being used as cleaning scrubbers. It's no wonder people think he's making up past glories when they visit the Military museum.

For those who don’t know the story, there was a time where King D. Afonso V of Portugal supported his niece’s legitimate right to the Castilian throne, and sent Portuguese forces to fight for it. “O Decepado”, Duarte de Almeida, was in charge of carrying the royal flag.

In the battle they cut off his hands, but he still didn’t let it fall, holding it with his arms and teeth until the Castilian forces finally captured him. After the battle he was taken to a Castilian camping, where he was treated. He later returned to Portugal, but his armour stayed.

I didn’t know it was the only armour! I tried looking after it, but apparently there are no photos on the internet at all. But the armour is in Toledo’s cathedral, in Spain, reportedly well taken care of. I emailed them asking about it, but I doubt I’ll get an answer.

(Through my shipper googles tho, I am awwwing!  Figures Spain would have to keep something of Port’s or else he’d have nothing.) It’s a shame. We’re a very poor country in that aspect, much of our stuff is in other countries. I remember we also borrowed our crown jewels to an exhibit in the Netherlands, and they got stolen there and missing since then. I didn’t find any photos of those either. It upsets me a bit that we didn’t take good care of our things like that. Someone smack Port in the face.