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Here’s the ridiculous true story behind a ‘Rock Or Something’


UPDATED JUL 15, 2021

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Sept. 12, 2016.

If you’ve served in the military in the last quarter century, then you’ve probably eaten an MRE, and unless you really enjoyed choking down cold congealed pasta and some vaguely meat-like product, then you used a flameless ration heater.

And that means you’re familiar with this gem of a phrase: “rock or something.”

The instructions for how to properly use an MRE heater advises the user to lean the heater “against a rock, or something.” Your Kevlar, your boots, another MRE bag, a Rip-It. Anything really.


4-F'd... Never served.

But I knew that. Bushcrafters, hillbillies all have a vast familiarity with MREs... Not so much the new ones, since army surplus went astronomical... Everything kinda switched to Mountain House.


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