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21 Reasons Why The First Crimean War Was Much More Fashionable

It was really just fought by hipsters.

Posted on March 20, 2014, at 4:14 p.m. ET

You know Crimea, right?

It is located right between Borat and the Eiffel Tower.

You may have also noticed recently that Russians have decided to occupy and annex Crimea.

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But did you know 150 years ago there was a war over Crimea?

Shockingly, this war included the Russians and the Western powers of Britain and France. It also included the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Sardinia.

Shockingly, this war included the Russians and the Western powers of Britain and France. It also included the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Sardinia.

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And while the drab Russian forces are in Crimea today, let us remember a time when authoritarian occupying forces had some style.

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21. Like these Scottish soldiers who fought in the OG Crimean War.

Or as we would call them today: hipsters.
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Or as we would call them today: hipsters.

20. These guys all had great fur.

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19. A man can never have enough ropes on his jacket.

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18. "Very niiiiice."

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17. *THE PANTS*

16. "This ball of sticks is exceptional for my posture."

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15. The *actual* Most Interesting Man in the World.

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14. "'Cause I'm a motherfucking P.I.M.P."

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13. #casualsaber

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12. #SWAG

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11. YAWWWS.

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10. "Drink up, old boy."

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9. "I can see Russia from my house."

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8. Never go to war without an ascot.

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7. Original Gangster.

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6. HATS.

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5. More hats!

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4. "Where have I seen these before?"

3. "Oh yes..."

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2. "Sup?"

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1. Troops in the Crimea used to ride in style.

Now look at this, yuck!

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So the end of the story is: Russia, get your act together.

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