Cargo cult programming During World War II, the Allied forces set up air bases on islands in the Pacific to help with the war efforts. Large amounts of supplies and military equipment were air-dropped to troops and islanders supporting the troops, drastically changing their lives. For the first time, the islanders saw manufactured clothes, canned food, and other goods. When the war ended, the bases were abandoned and the cargo stopped arriving. So the islanders did a very natural thing—they dressed themselves up as air traffic controllers, soldiers, and sailors, waved landing signals using sticks on the airfields, and performed parade ground drills in an attem...
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