In 1841 during a naval battle between Argentina and Uruguay, the ship from Uruguay ran out of cannonballs. The captain ordered his men to shove the hard balls of cheese they had onboard into the cannons and to fire those. The cheese tore holes in the Argentine ship's sails and killed 2 sailors. anchor.fm/foodhistory/epi…
The city of Nice (France) has been firing a cannon shot everyday at noon since 1861, a tradition set by Scottish officer Thomas Coventry More who used the cannon shot to warn his wife he was coming for lunch. thegoodlifefrance.com/his…
Simon was a ship's cat who served on the HMS Amethyst. In 1949, during the Yangtze Incident, he received the highest medal available to military animals after surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale, and killing off a rat infestation during his service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Coquina (a stone made from cockle shells) was used for forts in the era of heavy cannons because cannonballs sank into the walls instead of shattering or puncturing them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coq…
The massive cannons used by the Ottomans to besiege and capture Constantinople in 1453 were again bought out for a bombardment against the Royal Navy, almost 400 years later, in 1807 wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardan…
Today I learned about GΓΆtz von Berlichingen, also known as GΓΆtz of the Iron Hand, who lost his right hand to cannon fire in 1504 and had it replaced with a mechanical iron prosthetic. GΓΆtz is remembered for his response to an enemy's order to surrender: β€œTell him he can kiss my ass." atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 1896, Martha Hughes Cannon became the first female State Senator elected in the United States after defeating her own polygamist husband, Angus M. Cannon, who was also on the ballot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
PhD students built a supersonic cannon that can fire pingpong balls that break the sound barrier, and shoot clean through steel cans. youtu.be/zJqMWXt5Ihs
In 1452 a Hungarian engineer, known as Orban, offered to sell an extremely powerful cannon to the Roman Emperor. He refused, so Orban instead sold the cannon to the Ottoman emperor, who used it to breach the walls of Constantinople in 1453, which brought the end to the Roman Empire wikipedia.org/wiki/Orban
Today I learned about the Chicken Gun, a compressed-air cannon used to fire dead chickens at aircraft components in order to simulate high-speed bird strikes during the aircraft's flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Early in his naval career, Horatio Nelson nearly died while fighting a polar bear. Wanting the bear’s pelt as a gift for his father, Nelson’s gun misfired and he attacked the bear with the butt of his rifle. He was only saved when his ship fired a cannon that scared the bear and it ran off. youtube.com/watch?v=utQjI…
Le PΓ©tomane was a French professional farter. His act involved sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, as well as playing "'O Sole Mio" and "La Marseillaise" on an ocarina through his anus. He could also blow out a candle yards away. His audience included royalty and Sigmund Freud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
In 1974 the Soviet Union launched Salyut 3, a crewed military satellite armed with a 30mm 'self defence' cannon. It was fired several times and even used to destroy a test satellite in orbit. It remains the only armed, crewed spacecraft ever flown. wikipedia.org/wiki/Salyut…
The avarage human body has enough iron in it to forge a metal nail that is 3-inches long, enough sulfur to kill all fleas on a dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make 7 bars of soap, and enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads. sciencenotes.org/elements…
Tom Attridge, the pilot of the first jet aircraft to shoot itself down. He fired two bursts midway through a shallow dive. As the trajectory of the cannon rounds decayed, they ultimately crossed paths with the jet as it continued its descent. Though it was a crash-landing, he survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gru…
Mouse Cannons were an 1862 mousetrap youtu.be/yl1jxWPb-C0
American forces at Fort Mackinac did not find out about the start of the war of 1812 until the British had fired a cannon at them, news of the war was delivered via regular mail which did not reach the Fort in time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Today I learned about the COLFAX, LOUISIANA, MASSACRE (1873). Approximately 150 Black men were murdered by white men with guns and cannons for trying to freely assemble at a courthouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Half of President John Tyler’s cabinet along with several congressmen were killed instantly when a cannon malfunctioned and exploded during a Potomac River dinner cruise. President Tyler personally assisted with the rescue efforts and married a girl he carried away on his back history.com/.amp/this-day…
Today I Learned About Simon The Cat, the only cat ever to receive the Dickin Medal, the highest British honor awarded for animal displays of bravery in battle. Simon survived shrapnel wounds from a cannon shell while serving aboard the HMS Amethyst. time.com/5396568/simon-ca…
The tradition of firing guns as a salute was originally a sign of peaceful intentions. Since guns and cannons needed to be reloaded after each shot, firing your gun in the air essentially rendered you "unarmed." history.army.mil/html/faq…
Today I learned of Quaker Guns, a deception tactic in warfare where logs, typically painted black, would be used as fake cannons to deceive enemy forces. In one instance in WWII, fake machine guns were created from a pair of broomsticks painted black mounted at the tail end of a fuselage to simulate tail guns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
The first person to die in the American Civil War was actually killed by accident. The soldier's name was Daniel Hough and he was killed by an cannon explosion caused by the same cannon firing prematurely during a 100-gun salute to the flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
After the British crushed the Sepoy Rebellion, the British had the rebels "blown from cannon", in which sentenced rebels were tied over the mouths of cannons and blown to pieces when the cannons were fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
In 1975, the Soviets fired the first and only "space cannon" from the Salyut-3 space station as a part of a project to test space defence against potential attacks. The gun is a modified version of the R-23 23-millimeter aircraft cannon that was designed for the TU-22 supersonic bomber. popularmechanics.com/mili…
The movie "Death Wish III" was changed to "Death Wish 3" because the Cannon Group conducted a survey and found that nearly half of the U.S. population could not read Roman numerals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Today I learned of an incident in the American War of Independence where several cannon cartridges caught fire and exploded in which the force of the blast launched a French militiaman "headlong over the palisade, where he fell another ten feet and miraculously landed, entirely unhurt, upright on his feet." allthingsliberty.com/2016…
The Minute Man was cast from the metal of ten cannons captured from the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about MARAUDER, a real plasma cannon developed by the United States Air Force in 1993. The device could fire a ring of plasma with the force of 5 pounds of TNT. Impact effects included a high temperature explosion with x-ray radiation and EMP. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAR…
There's an 9mm handgun officially named the "YEET CANNON" guns.com/news/2019/07/01/…
Casino Royale scoops a Guinness World Record for the most cannon rolls in a car. ... Stunt double Adam Kirley plays Bond in the scene in which a nitrogen cannon blows the car through the air. digitalspy.com/movies/a39…
A "Hot Shot" was originally a cannon ball that was heated in a furnace and then fired at wooden ships for the purpose of setting fire to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
The handgun manufacturer Beretta has been making guns since 1526, including Venetian cannons used during the Battle of Lepanto en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
One of the first machine guns was invented in 1790 and had a fire-rate comparable to some automatic firearms and cannons today youtube.com/watch?v=rCuVM…
After Hunter S. Thompson, the author best known for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, died, he was cremated and his ashes were fired out of a cannon. The cannon was placed on top of a 153-foot statue of a fist holding a peyote button, paid for by Johnny Depp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
The Cannonball house in Lewis, Delaware, was names so because of a little run in with the british in 1813 that tried taking over the village and to this day, a cannon ball is still stuck in the house. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
William Washington, a cavalry officer of the Continental Army, bluffed 112 Loyalists into surrendering a strongly fortified homestead without firing a shot by use of a "Quaker Gun", mounting a felled tree trunk on wagon axles to resemble a cannon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The "Come And Take It" cannon used at the battle of Gonzales, and at the Alamo was recast as a bell in 1874, which hangs in the belfry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. tshaonline.org/handbook/o…
Today I learned of Anvil Firing, the practice of firing an anvil into the air with gunpowder. In 1860, the town of New Westminster, British Columbia, was forced to give a 21-anvil salute in place of a 21-gun salute. This is because the town had lost its cannon when it lost its state capital status. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anv…
GΓΆtz von Berlichingen, a warrior poet, lost his right arm by cannon fire in 1504. He had a mechanical arm invented so that he could still hold a sword and fought in numerous battles, led rebel armies, was attributed with coining the phrase "he can kiss my ass" and died at 82 of old age. militaryhistorynow.com/20…
American Civil War Union soldiers were issued 36 pounds of coffee a year and the word "coffee" appeared more in journal entries than "war," "bullet," "cannon," "slavery," "mother" or "Lincoln." npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Today I learned of Patty Cannon who was notorious for leading a gang that kidnapped free blacks and sold them back into slavery in what was known as the Reverse Underground Railroad. In 1829, she was arrested for murdering a slave owner and stealing his $15,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
According to DC Cannon; Metropolis is located in Delaware and Gotham is in New Jersey ifanboy.com/articles/the-…
Today I learned of James Allen Ward VC. The WW2 airman who earned the Victoria Cross after he crawled out over his aircraft's wing (while still flying) to extinguish a fire after being hit by anti-aircraft cannons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned about Seattle’s regrades. In the late 1800’s and 1900’s, workers blasted hills with water cannons, lowering them significantly, and ended up moving over 7 million cubic yards of dirt into the Puget Sound, effectively reshape the coastline en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
Today I learned about the Cape Town Noon Gun. Everday at noon they fire a cannon to signal noon. The sound of which reverberates througout the city. This historic time signal has been happening every day since 1806 with only one failure in it's 213 year history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noo…
2 rival churches in Vrontados, Greece shoot tens of thousands of fireworks at each other every Easter in a "Rocket War". Both churches then claim victory and agree to settle the score next year. The tradition dates back to the Ottoman era, when real cannons were used instead. bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-e…
The US built an atomic cannon and then nuclear shells compatible with conventional artillery pieces en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M65…
In 2006, Channel 4's "Gadget Show" tested the durability of an 'Indestructible USB' by cooking it with propane, freezing it with dry ice, submerging it in acidic liquids, running over it in a Jeep, and firing it against a wall with a mortar cannon - all data was recovered from the USB. youtube.com/watch?v=NyOFI…
Today I learned about Luther Baldwin, a drunkard from New Jersey who was fined $150 for suggesting that a cannon being fired in honor of President John Adams should β€œbe fired through his arse”. mtsu.edu/first-amendment/…
The first death of the US Civil War was Daniel Hough. His death was accidental, caused by a cannon that went off prematurely during a salute to the flag after the Battle of Fort Sumter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Some areas of Wales still maintain traditional "rock cannons". These are a series of holes drilled in a flat, hard rock (mainly slate) connected by narrow channels. On celebration days the holes and channels would be filled with gunpowder to produce a series of loud explosions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Today I learned about "Atomic Annie". An artillery cannon that in 1953 shot the only nuclear artillery test in the US ever. Its yield was estimated at 15 kilotons, around the same level as Little Boy. It also had a backup version: "Sad Sack". Both are still around today. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The cast of β€œPirates of the Caribbean” learned how to work with cannons and swords in Pirates School, which included getting trained by the late famed swordsman Bob Anderson, who also was the lightsaber master who fought battles as Darth Vader in the Star Wars films. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
During the Civil War, Confederates disguised trees as cannons in Scuffletown, Kentucky, and captured Newburgh, Indiana, across the Ohio River by threatening to shell the town. Newburgh fell to the Confederates without a shot being fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
There is no upper calibre limit on british gun laws for bolt actions, so artillery pieces and cannons are legal to own under a rifle license if they do not automatically reload and are breach loading assets.publishing.service…
The National Park Service uses 75mm anti-tank cannons from WWII to trigger controlled avalanches military.wikia.org/wiki/M…
Henery Shrapnel in 1784 invented a hollow cannon ball that would be filled with shot and gun powder,and exploded over the enemies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
A young stripper named Shelly Bauman lost her leg in a freak confetti cannon accident. She sued and used the money from the settlement to open Seattle's first gay bar, which she named "Shelly's Leg." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Scientists have developed a Salmon Cannon to help fish get over obstacles stopping them from getting upstream to their spawning areas. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Today I learned of a cat that served on the Royal Navy sloop HMS Amethyst. The cat received the PDSA's Dicking Medal after surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale, and killing off a rat infestation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Today I learned of the GAU-8/A Avenger, a 30mm cannon so powerful that the US Air force had to request an aircraft to be built specifically to carry it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
Today I learned of the F-11 Tiger, which during flight tests managed to shoot itself down with 20mm rounds fired from his own cannon popularmechanics.com/mili…
The first town north of the Mason-Dixon Line to fall effectively surrendered because of the threat of β€œcannons” that were black logs and a stovepipe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Humpty Dumpty was originally a cannon, which fell off its wall during a siege in the English Civil War. huffingtonpost.com.au/201…
In the American Civil War both sides employed logs which were carved, painted and mounted to look like cannons at a distance. This gave the impression that a fort or strong point was better armed than it actually was. They were called "Quaker Cannons" and repeatedly proved effective. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
Today I learned of Atomic Annie, a cannon designed in 1953 for the US military that fired 280mm nuclear tipped artillery with a blast power approximately that of Little Boy dropped on Hiroshima. army.mil/article/16196/lo…
Communication wires were attached to the last stake being driven into the American Transcontinental Railroad and connected to cannons in Los Angeles and New York, so that the cannons would fire at the moments that the hammer hit it. realclearhistory.com/hist…
Simon. Simon was the ship's cat who served on the Royal Navy sloop HMS Amethyst. In 1949, during the Yangtze Incident, he received the PDSA's Dickin Medal after surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale, and killing off a rat infestation during his service. mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news…
Today I learned about Mr. Immortal, a Marvel Comics Superhero with no special powers except immortality, who has been killed in ways including crushing, burning, self-impalement on giant novelty scissors, bear trap, cannon, chainsaw, piranhas, ferrets, spear and alcohol poisoning three times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
The Ottoman Empire defeated the British Army during the 1807 Dardanelles Operation using a gigantic cannon built 340 years earlier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
They used to try to make it rain ('cloud seeding') by shooting giant cannons into the air, known as the 'Steiger Vortex rain making gun': blogs.archives.qld.gov.au…
The Israeli forces built the Bar Lev Line on the Suez Canal, costing $300 million and was expected to be a "graveyard for Egyptian troops", as it would take at least 24-48 hours to be breached. On 6 October 1973, armed with a few 100 water cannons, the Egyptians breached it in less than 2 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In 1859, an American farmer in the San Juan Islands shot a pig who was eating his potatoes, but the pig happened to belong to a British colonist. In the ensuing confrontation, 461 Americans and 14 artillery faced 5 British warships with 70 cannons and 2140 men. The only casualty was the pig en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
In 2014 Nick Cannon donned whiteface as a character named "Connor Smallnut" and put out an album called "White People Party Music." eonline.com/news/524466/n…
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Composed a Piece With a Military Cannon Part youtu.be/VbxgYlcNxE8
Two rival churches in Greece hold a 'rocket war' annually during Easter, where tens of thousands of home-made rockets are fired at each other. This event was originally held with real cannons, until their use was prohibited in 1889. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
Seattle's first openly-gay bar, Shelly's Leg, was founded using settlement money after Shelly, a dancer, lost her leg in a glitter cannon accident at a Bastille Day parade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Today I learned of Constantine XI Palaiologos, the last Roman Emperor. 563 years ago today, as Ottoman cannons breached the once-mighty Theodosian Walls of Constantinople, he donned the appearance of a common soldier and led his remaining men to one last valiant charge in the name of Rome and their home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
, the Victoria Cross is cast from 2 cannons captured from the Russians in the Crimean War. There have also been 3 recipients who have earned it twice. hancockslondon.com/victor…
All of the actors in "Pirates of the Caribbean" learned how to work with cannons and swords in Pirates School, which included getting trained by the late famed swordsman Bob Anderson, who also was the lightsaber master who fought battles as Darth Vader in Star Wars films hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Today I learned about Sir Isaac Brock, the general for Canada during the war of 1812. Using primarily psychology alone against the Americans in Fort Detroit, he fired constant cannon fire at them for 2 hours straight. Fort Detroit believed it had been outnumbered and surrendered to Brock. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Today I learned of the abolitionist Cassius Clay, who as well as giving his name to the famous boxer was often physically targeted for his beliefs, installing armoured doors and two cannons in his office and once disarming and cutting out the eyes of an assassin who had shot him. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassiu…
The Soviets had a secret 70s space station called Almaz, which carried a 23mm auto-cannon to fight off enemy boarders. popularmechanics.com/mili…
"Blown By a Cannon" was a method of execution where you are tied to a cannon, with just a gunpowder charge, and it sends heads 40ft in the air and arms 100yds sideways. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
After a Polish impostor who claimed the throne of Russia was found out. He was executed, burned, and had his ashes shot out of a cannon back towards Poland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
During the Greek War of Independence, 115 Greek revolutionaries surrounded by 10,000 Ottoman troops managed to kill 300 and wound 800 while suffering just 6 casualties. When the Ottomans paused their attack to get cannons ready, the Greeks escaped through enemy lines undetected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The sound made by the eruption of Krakatoa was so loud that if it was to happen in Ireland, it would sound like cannon fire in New York City. kottke.org/14/10/the-worl…
During the Siege of Malta after seeing his captured comrades beheaded and crucified by the Ottomans, Jean de La Vallette, the Knighs of St John's Grandmaster ordered their Ottomans prisoners heads removed and fired back at the enemy out of cannons visitmalta.com/en/great-s…
Blackbeard would put slow-burning cannon fuses in his hair and beard that gave off smoke that would make sailors and merchants see, "Satan coming towards them" cnn.com/2011/US/06/17/bla…
Today I learned of Hitler's "Supergun": the V-3 cannon was designed to launch shells over 100 miles (165 km) to bombard London from bunkers on the French coast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-3…
During WWII, the British had a series of specially modified tanks called "Funnies" that ranged from flamethrower cannons, ditch fillers, mine clearing flails, and literal light cannons intended to blind enemies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hob…
The Songhai Empire collapsed following a battle when their army released 1000 cattle to charge the invading Moroccans but the cattle turned around and stampeded the Songhai because the Moroccans fired their guns and cannons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1859 an American farmer in the San Juan Islands shot a pig who was eating his potatoes, but the pig happened to belong to a British colonist. The conflict escalated to involve 461 Americans & 14 artillery against 5 British warships with 70 cannons and 2140 men. The only casualty was the pig en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
The Nazis tried to build a Super-weapon named the V3 cannon, with a range of 165km and the potential to hit London in 2 minutes with it's 310lb armament. An installation of 25 guns was in the final stages of construction when it was destroyed by the famous RAF Dambusters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-3…
A cat named Simon served on a Royal Navy ship in 1949, and received a medal for raising morale, killing off a rat infestation and surviving cannon shells during his service. Hundreds attended his funeral when he died from infected wounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Santa Anna, Mexican politician and general, needed to have his leg amputated after it was hit by a cannon ball. He ordered to have his leg buried with full military honors. The prosthetic leg he then used was later captured and kept by American troops during the Mexican-American War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
During the American Revolutionary War, Molly Pitcher was so engaged with the cause, that while she was bringing water to her husband at the front, he got killed, she replaced him at the cannons and almost died by an enemy cannonball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
In 1982 Key West seceded from the US as a protest against their actions. Then they declared war and surrendered after 1 minute, but in 1995 they attacked the US by firing water cannons from fireboats and hitting people with stale Cuban bread. They are today known as the "Conch Republic." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…

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