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Top 10: Wars with Weird Names

It can be hard to take a conflict seriously when it’s named after a slap-up dinner... or a farmyard animal, for that matter

The war of what?!

FOOTBALL WAR

EL SALVADOR VS HONDURAS, 1969

Though its fans can be rowdy, football is not normally known for starting wars. But in 1969, deeprooted mutual suspicion between El Salvador and Honduras regarding issues such as immigration boiled over in a World Cup qualifier match between the two countries. Nationalistic riots broke out, the military was dispatched and diplomatic relations were severed. Though the war was over within 100 hours, there were about 3,000 casualties.

Honduran troops stationed near the border of El Salvador
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