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19 Things You Didn't Know About Living on a Submarine

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Have you ever had the desire to just drop everything and run off to live on a submarine? Though it's tempting to abandon this world in favor of living life beneath the waves, not many people know what it's like actually living on an real sub. Fear not! This list will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about what it's like living on a submarine.

What are the bathrooms like? Can you even lift? There's more to life on a submarine than you might think. Sure, it's hard to tell time, but once you earn your Dolphin Pin, all the hard work is worth it. Read on for all the facts and details that you need to know before you decide to run away from your problems and start your career as a submariner.
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    Earning Your Dolphin Pin Is a High Honor

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    One of the biggest sources of pride when living on a submarine, is the opportunity to earn your Dolphin Pin. It's basically a humongous gold star all crew members want to get. In order to earn it, you must know the basic functions of the submarine and know how to use the sub as a weapon.

    After you've memorized everything , you do a test run under the eyes of your commanding officers, who will decide whether or not you pass.

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    The Beds Are Called Coffins

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    As if being confined to a metal tube that could sink or explode any moment wasn't bad enough... you sleep in bunks called coffins.
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    It's Almost Impossible to Keep Track of Time

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    Unsurprisingly, a giant submarine puttering along at the bottom of the ocean does not get a lot of time to bask in the sun or moonlight. Because of that, it's incredibly easy to lose track of time, especially given the odd schedules the crew members follow.

    If you were hoping to continue your circadian rhythyms while below the surface, you can throw that notion right out of the metaphorical window.

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    Most Subarmines Have a Small Gym

    Being on a submarine for months can cause some to go a little stir-crazy and the commanders do their best to make sure the crew have a few outlets for both relaxation and pent up energy. A lot of subs will come with a very small workout area, in order to keep the crew focused and in shape.
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