Thirty-some years ago I was told - by someone I’ve always found credible - that the Japanese had a town or city that they’d renamed “Usa.” It became a big manufacturing hub. Products made there would be (truthfully if misleadingly) stamped “MADE IN USA” so that gullible, buy-American consumers would fork over their hard-earned cash, thinking the products were American-made.
Provably true or false? A protectionist myth? Enlighten me.
Has anyone else noticed how many of these urban legend questions are the result of garbage spread by “credible” people? Does it make anyone else wonder how much other bunk they spread under the guise of credibility?
Lurking at the bottom of this sorry tale are a couple of grains of grievously abused truth, here they are:
-Emeralds are brittle and prone to breakage; the octagonal ‘emerald cut’ is designed to offer some protection from accidental breakage.
-Aquamarines (another form of the same mineral) and other beryls are sometimes heat-treated to enhance their colour.
Note that Ezstrete’s statement was not that the story was true, but that it was “common knowledge” in a period forty years prior to the anecdote in the OP.
In other words, the UL is older than thirty years.
To that I will add a corroborating voice. In the war diary published as Fighting Lady, (which may or may not have been the only book with that title as I read it in the 1960s and do not know whether the 1986 book of that title was a re-issue or simply a new book about the USS Yorktown), the author described bombing raids against Usa in which the aircrews made the same comments. That book, being a collection of diary entries, presented current opinions from 1944 and 1945.
I’ve accepted the UL of Usa, Japan for most of my life. I haven’t thought of it for years, but I did believe it. So, another cherished childhood memory has been destroyed in the name of fighting ignorance.
I distinctly remember having toys that were stamped “Made in occupied Japan” and “Made in occupied Germany.” Don’t try to destroy that memory. Please.