(Military History/ Film History)
"The" USS Indianapolis to be precise. The warship was commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 15 November 1932. On 30 JULY 1945, while sailing from Guam to Leyte, Indianapolis was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-58. The ship capsized and sank in twelve minutes. Survivors were spotted by a patrol aircraft on 2 AUGUST. All air and surface units capable of rescue operations were dispatched to the scene at once, and the surrounding waters were thoroughly searched for survivors. Upon completion of the day and night search on 8 AUGUST, 316 men were rescued out of the crew of 1,199.

* The description of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis is immortalised by actor Robert Shaw's superbly acted monologue in the memorable scene of Jaws (USA, 1975).
HOPPER: You were on the Indianapolis?
BRODY: What happened?
QUINT: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into her side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte. We'd just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half-hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that in the water, Chief? You can tell by lookin' from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn't know, was that our bomb mission was so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin' by, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. It was sorta like you see in the calendars, you know the infantry squares in the old calendars like the Battle of Waterloo and the idea was the shark come to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and sometimes that shark he go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a shark is he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn't even seem to be livin'... 'til he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all your poundin' and your hollerin' those sharks come in and... they rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks there were, maybe a thousand. I do know how many men, they averaged six an hour. Thursday mornin', Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boson's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water, he was like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. At noon on the fifth day, a Lockheed Ventura swung in low and he spotted us, a young pilot, lot younger than Mr. Hooper here, anyway he spotted us and a few hours later a big ol' fat PBY come down and started to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened. Waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went into the water. 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb. *
#history #wwii #military #cinema #legend
by NeverMindWho March 02, 2006
1. the Indiana State Capital
2. largest city in Indiana and 12th largest in the U.S.
3. old North Meridian Street
4. Broad Ripple
5. Fountain Square
6. Monument Circle
7. the Colts
8. the Pacers
9. basketball crazy
10. the Indy 500
11. White River State Park
12. St. Elmo's Steak House
13. suburban soccer moms who drive SUVs
Indianapolis is not really a "large" city in the traditional sense but is rather, a large, Midwest town with a comfortable quality of life.
#auto racing #indiana #corn belt #midwest #hoosier
by krock1dk October 01, 2007
A boring, lifeless city smack in the middle of an even more boring, lifeless state. Here is a brief description of what people are like in this nothing town.

The inhabitants of this worthless city come in two forms.

If they're males: dumb, cocky jocks or fake, wannabe wiggers. All of them are more racist than strom thurmund yet steal their every behavior from ghetto black culture. They either shave their heads and grow goatees or if they're clean shaven they wear "bald fades" like the black people like hate so much. They think it makes them look "ruff n' tuff, muh fugger".

If they're females: frumps who wear gym shorts and t-shirts 365 days a year or sluts who wear clubwear even when totally inappropriate (like, say, church) because it's "hawt". Ironically, the women here earn more than the men do, since most men think anything other than being a convict, intermittent construction worker, a cop, or big box retail manager, all of which don't pay too well, is "for fags". The women, OTOH, actually get college degrees and better-paying jobs, even though it's always in "healthcare" or business admin. But instead of going for the few educated men in this town, they flock to the jock and wigger deadbeats like they're little Donald Trumps.
Me: Living in Indianapolis sucks, it's full of deadbeat morons who think they're big bad tough guys.

Friend: Yeah, try putting these jokers in some place like the south side of Chicago and see how long they last.

Me: I could write a 600 page book bashing this city and everybody in it...Too bad nobody here knows how to read and write!

Friend: Better use lots of slang and cuss words then or you'll lose your audience. Oh, and make sure there are lots of boobs and pictures of payton manning and UFC fighters. That'll hold their attention.
#indianapolis #indiana #colts #wigger #payton manning #jock
by hoofhearted80 September 14, 2011
The state capital of Indiana and, allegedly, the 12th largest U.S. city only because it merged with its county. It's metro population rank, however, is somewhere in the uper 20s. It's my hometown, but is, honestly, a joke and deserves to be called Indy-no-place and NapTown. Plain and simple. I have no idea why it has a growing population.

Indy is a small town and nothing more, and would easily disappoint any urban enthuseist. It is among the most dull and unimpressive cities a person could ever be. It is undeveloped and hasn't matured to become a real city, a world class city, a hip, sophisticted metropolis that attracts young urban professionals like NY, Boston, Phily, Chicago, San Fran or Seattle. It is tremendously boring, lifeless and Drab with a capital-D. It has hardly any suburbs like 90% of cities. It has an unimpressive skyline that hasn't gone anywhere since the Chase Tower was completed in 1990. There is no cosmopolitan flare whatsoever. No diversity. No culture. No nightlife. No highrise condos for sophistcated urban living. Not much to do. Lousy public transportation makes everyone drive everywhere. Most improvements move very slowly and take YEARS to change--anything from improving/getting sidewalks, to building a new highrise downtown, to expanding city streets/freeways, to even even filling potholes. Hell, there's even cornfields literally within some areas of the city limits today. Aside from basketball (the world's dumbest sport) and auto racing, what is Indy good for and know for? Nothing. Like I said, it's a small town and boring. Even native John Mellencamp admits so in his song, "Small Town." Even smaller Austin, TX and Charlotte, NC are more lively and attract young, hip people, and waved by-by to Indy long ago. Indy is pathetic and needs a drastic upgrade. What a sorry place.
Indianapolis may be the largest city in Indiana and the 12th largest community in the U.S., but it is a small town with nothing to offer.
#indiana #midwest #corn #basketball #auto racing
by krock1dk February 02, 2008
most boring city ever. im from hmd(219) and hammond,ec,and gary are more exciting to live in than "naptown" cause naptown is always napping. indianapolis is a great place for wiggars and middle aged people. people from indianpolis along with the rest of indiana except northwest think indianapolis is better than chicago. its just really gay.
sean: im from naptown!!!!!
mark: what?????
sean: indianapolis!!!!?????
mark: ohhh
mark: ahahahhhahahhahahah
mark: so what???????
#boring #indianapolis #indiana #naptown #cornfields
by mikeglaskovski March 01, 2008
A sorry ass town in Indiana that:

1. Has alot of cornfields
2. Is boring as hell
3. Has a building (chase Tower) look like a penis w/ antennas
4. Looks like a giant suburb in search of a city
5. Has alot of Cocky, arrogant Jocks and ignorant wiggers
6. Has alot of redneck, white-bread, chicken shit maw fauckas
7. Has alot of stupid, white, backstabbin whores
8. Has mean black girls
9. Has raggidy ass roads
10. Has a football team that can never make it to the superbowl
11. cheated it's way into the top 20 largest U.S. cities
12. is not really a major city
13. thinks they're better than Chicago
14. has people who large pick-ups and/or SUV's that speed down the freeways at 90 MPH
15. has no streetlights or sidewalks
16. Has a small downtown with nothing to do
17. Has over-reactive cops that thinks someone will crash an airplane into their small buildings or nuke their cornfields
18. Has a bunch of old, tore up ass houses that make westside chicago houses look new
19. Is full of pussies
20. Can go to hell
21. People even in Chicago don't know exists
"Where u live?"
"Damn I feel Sorry fa you."
#hoosier #indiana #redneck #kkk #suburbia
by ChicagoPhanatic November 21, 2006
The capital of this no-name non-existent state of Indiana. Indianapolis may be diverse in some ways. But the white people like to segregate themselves. They are also very rude towards minorities. I hate living here. Fu-k the Colts. They're way over-rated. The only good side of Iny is the cleanliness of some parts of the city, and the northern side of Indy, which actually is Carmel and Fisher. Totally different world. I would not want to live here permanently. Indy should be a nuclear weapons testing ground.
Scientist #1: Hey bro, let's test this nuke weapons somehwere in the US.

Scientist #2: yeah, I want to nuke Indianapolis. Such a horrible place with arrogant whiteys.
#indianapolis #indy #naptown #shitty #hicks #whiteys #crap
by YoYoScientists Bro July 10, 2008
1. A city that boasts a large population simply because it has annexed most of its surrounding metro area. (In this case, all of Marion county).

2. A city where the population of the city proper is about the same as its entire metro area. Columbus
If Boston pulled an Indianapolis, it would pick a up a couple million in population.
by midnightmike June 17, 2005
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