Canadians in WW1 regularly executed prisoners and exploited truces. "[He] described the practice of lobbing tins of corned beef into a neighbouring German trench. When the Canadians started hearing happy shouts of β€œMore! Give us more!” they then let loose with an armload of grenades." nationalpost.com/news/can…
In the original StarWars movie, the prop for Luke's Lightsaber was made from a Graflex Flashgun, sliding glass cabinet grips and calculator parts. Kenobi's Lightsaber was put together with a sink knob, a browning machine gun booster, a WWI rifle grenade and a part from a Rolls-Royce jet engine. nofilmschool.com/Original…
The Army Tried To Turn Nerf Footballs Into Hand Grenades thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
Grenades took their name from the pomegranate fruit, or 'granada' in Spanish. They were designed to be similar to the fruit. tastemade.com/articles/7-…
The word "grenade" comes from pomegranate, for the many pieces of shrapnel discourses, similar to how a pomegranate disperses many seeds! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Jack Lukas, USMC Medal of Honor recipient at the age of 17 jumped on 2 grenades. Had 20+ surgeries and 200+ pieces of shrapnel removed, and lived. Then at age 40, jumped out of an airplane and his parachutes didn’t open, and walked away. Still keep going until Leukemia took him at the age of 80. military.com/marine-corps…
The voice actor for Scruff McGruff the crime dog was sentenced to 16 years in prison after police found over 1,000 marijuana plants, guns, a grenade launcher and ammo in his home. cbsnews.com/news/mcgruff-…
Today I learned about Marjan the lion, a beloved member of the Kabul Zoo in Afghanistan; he witnessed the country under both Soviet and Taliban occupation and survived multiple artillery strikes on the zoo during the Afghan Civil War as well as being blinded by a grenade. In 2002, he died of old age at 23 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
During the Vietnam War the act of "Fragging" was when US troops would toss a grenade in their commanding officers tent; known and suspected fragging cases by explosives in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972 totaled nearly 900... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
A British Royal Marine threw himself onto a grenade to save the lives of his comrades. His body armour and backpack shielded him from the blast. He was left with just a nosebleed and headache. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
In 2007, Navy SEAL Mike Day was shot 27 times by four Al Qaeda gunmen and hit by grenade shrapnel, but he killed all four of the gunmen and walked out to the extraction helicopter. He recovered and is living with his wife and daughters. www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2…
Before the WWII Battle of Okinawa, the Japanese military forced Okinawan boys as young as 14 to fight against the US invasion. They weren't expected to win so the boys were given suicide missions. The only weapon most were given were 2 grenades - one for the US solders the other for themselves. ww2awartobewon.com/wwii-a…
Before dogfighting was a thing, enemy pilots would simply exchange waves or shake their fists at one another. At the beginning of WWI, recon pilots would often resort to throwing bricks, grenades, and even rope in hopes that it would get entangled in the enemy's propellor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Zanjeer aka Ginger was a Sniffer dog who helped detect over 3329 kg of RDX explosives, 249 grenades and live ammunition during the 1993 Mumbai Blasts and thus helped save thousands of lives. Poor boy died of Bone cancer at the age of 8 and was buried with full state honours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
Today I learned of Robert Hubert, who was accused of causing the Great Fire of London. He declared that he had thrown a grenade through a window into the bakery where it had started. Yet, he hadn’t been in England, the bakery didn’t have any windows, and he was a cripple. He was still executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Between 1967 and 1989 East Germany sent a massive amount of arms to ANYONE at war with Israel - to the tune of three quarters of a million Klashnikovs, 120 MiG fighters, 180,000 anti-personell mines, 235,000 grenades; 25,000 RPG launchers; and 25 million cartridges of varying sizes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
PFC James Anderson Jr sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade in Vietnam with his body on Feb. 28, 1967. He was 20. In doing so he became the first African American US Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor. taskandpurpose.com/how-th…
In World War 2, a Nepalese Gurkha named Lachhiman Gurung single handily took on a force of 200 Japanese soldiers even after his right hand was blown off by a grenade and killed 31 of them. warhistoryonline.com/war-…
Michel Vaujour a French convict jailed in 1986 for attempted murder and armed robbery "forced his way onto the prison's roof by wielding nectarines that were painted to look like grenades." His wife then picked him up in a helicopter and whisked him away. edition.cnn.com/2015/06/0…
One can only hike on San Miguel Island (one of 5 in Channel Islands National Park) if accompanied by a ranger, due to the possibility of unexploded mines, bombs, and grenades. laist.com/2016/05/04/san_…
Sen Daniel Inouye lost his arm in WWII while holding a grenade. He pried the still-live grenade out of his severed hand, used it to kill a German solider, then kept shooting with his one remaining arm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned of Dipprasad Pun, a Nepalese soldier during the War of Afghanistan who was attacked by 30 insurgents. Believing he was about to die, he expended all 400 rounds of his ammunition, launched 17 grenades, detonated a Claymore mine, and killed an attacker with his tripod, causing them to retreat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
In 2019, a Florida man captures a WWII grenade while magnet fishing. Instead of reporting it immediately to the authorities, he placed it on his trunk and headed to a Taco Bell before calling 911. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
The Kodak company manufactured hand grenades in the later years of WWII, and they were even used in the invasion of Normandy. The stock remaining after WWII was ordered to be destroyed because the grenades would explode prematurely, injuring American soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BEA…
While attacking a series of machine gun nests during WW2, Daniel Inouye had most his right arm shot off while arming a grenade. He pried the grenade out of his severed hand and destroyed a bunker with it before finishing the last resistance in the bunker with a one-handed Tommy gun burst. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned about Michael John Fitzmaurice, a U.S. soldier who leaped on a grenade to protect his comrades, lived through the explosion, then proceeded to kill more of the enemy. themedalofhonor.com/medal…
During the Vietnam War the act of "Fragging" was when US troops would toss a grenade in their commanding officers tent; known and suspected fragging cases by explosives in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972 totaled nearly 900... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
During the Vietnam War the act of "Fragging" was when US troops would toss a grenade in their commanding officers tent; known and suspected fragging cases by explosives in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972 totaled nearly 900... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In WWI trench guns were given to US soldiers skilled in trap shooting so they could shoot incoming grenades out of the air en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Boris Yeltsin lost his left thumb and index finger playing with a grenade in his youth. He would conceal that hand in his pocket or behind his tie because he was self-conscious about it. history.com/topics/russia…
During World War II, the U.S. military designed a grenade to be the size and weightof a baseball, since "any young American man should be able to properly throw it." thebalancecareers.com/the…
The actor of Scruff McGruff was arrested in 2011 for possession of 1000 marijuana plants, 9000 rounds of ammunition, and 27 weapons including a grenade launcher time.com/5234/mcgruff-the…
German and Russian troops had to call a temporary truce in modern Lithuania/Belarus during WWI because wolves kept trying to eat them. β€œPoison, rifle fire, hand grenades and even machine guns were tried to no avail.” Wolves even attacked them in the trenches, making effective battle impossible. timesmachine.nytimes.com/…
Jacklyn Lucas joined the Marines at age 14 (via forged documents). He saved 3 comrades in Iwo Jima when 2 grenades landed near them, by pushing one into ash/sand and covering it with his body, and pulling the other one beneath him. One exploded. He survived and earned a Medal of Honor at age 17. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
A man in Shaanxi, China, recently realized that the long-handled, blunt-ended object he’d been using for 25 years to crack walnuts was actually a live hand grenade. english.cri.cn/12394/2016…
During the Battle of Wizna, a few hundred Polish soldiers held out for three days against over 40,000 Nazi troops. Only a few dozen of the defenders survived the battle; the commander threw himself on a live grenade rather than be taken prisoner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
MOH recipient and Navy SEAL Micheal Monsoor threw his body on a grenade to protect two squadmates. He was the only one that would have been able to escape the grenade. He died but the two SEALs survived navy.mil/ah_online/moh/mo…
In 1965 Milton Olive III sacrificed his own life to save a group of soldiers by smothering a live grenade. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor award, becoming the first African American of the Vietnam War to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned about Gurkha Corporal Dipprasad Pun, who single-handedly held his post against more than 30 Taliban fighters. He fired more than 400 rounds of ammunition, launched 17 grenades and detonated a mine to thwart the assault on his checkpoint. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
Today I learned about Italy's elite special force for WWI called the Ariditi. The soldiers, wielding only a knife and grenades could clear entire trenches. Hence being called "the most feared corps by opposing armies" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ard…
The American Army during WWI employed champion Skeet Shooters to protect the trenches by shooting enemy grenades out of midair and deflecting them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Before military planes had guns, in WWI, pilots used to throw "grenades, and other objects -- even grappling hooks" at each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
In 1944, 22-year-old Corporal Anthony Damato threw himself on an enemy hand grenade, saving the lives of his two Marines at the cost of his own life. President Roosevelt later awarded him the Medal of Honor calling it a "fearless and valiant sacrifice reflecting great upon himself and the US". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
During WW2, fewer than 1,000 Polish soldiers repelled a Nazi invasion force of 42,200 infantry and 350 tanks for three days, after which the Polish commanding officer commit suicide by throwing himself on a live grenade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of Sergeant Dipprasad Pun, a Gurkha soldier who single-handedly held his post against dozens of oncoming Taliban; after firing 250 machine gun rounds, 180 SA80 rounds, throwing 12 grenades and one claymore mine, 30 Taliban lay dead around him. businessinsider.com/gurkh…
During the Vietnam War over 800 murders or attempted murders of superior officers by enlisted soldiers were investigated. The term 'fragging' was coined due to the popular use of fragmentation grenades to commit the murders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
An ex-convict successfully robbed two banks using an avocado painted as a grenade timesofisrael.com/man-hol…
Grenadiers were originally tall and strong soldiers who specialized in just throwing grenades. In the 18th century, grenades lost popularity so grenadiers were repurposed as elite soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
3 years after illegally joining the Marines at the age of 14, Jacklyn Lucas snuck onto a ship bound for Iwo Jima, stormed the beach without a rifle, and threw himself on top of two grenades to protect his team. He survived, and earned the Medal of Honor at the age of 17. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Roberto Farinacci, who was a italian fascist politician, lost his hand by fishing with grenades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…

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