CIA revealed a "heart attack" gun in 1975. A battery operated gun which fired a dart of frozen water & shellfish toxin. Once inside the body it would melt leaving only a small red mark on the victim where it entered. The official cause of death would always be a heart attack. historycollection.com/con…
Today I learned about Dorothy Levitt, one of the first British female racing drivers. In her column for women she advised women on a car to buy, how to dress while driving, and items to bring, including gloves, an extra handkerchief, a clean veil, a powder-puff, hair-pins, a hand mirror, chocolates, and a gun. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Puckle Gun was designed to fire round bullets at Christians and square bullets at Muslim Turks. Square bullets were believed to cause more severe wounding than round ones, and according to the 1718 patent, β€˜would convince the Turks of the benefits of Christian civilisation’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puc…
On June 15th, 1944, the Captain of the USS Texas (BB-35) intentionally flooded the lower decks of the ship so that he could further extend the range of the ship's guns while firing onto the fortified German-held positions of Isigny and Carentan. houstonchronicle.com/neig…
After WW2, the Allies discovered meticulous plans for a Sun Gun by the Nazis. Planned by renowned Nazi Scientist Hermann Oberth, it was a .62 mile mirror attached to a space station to burn cities and evaporate oceans estimated to take 15 years to build. He later joined NASA. huffpost.com/entry/nazi-s…
The USS Arizona, sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack, had the guns of her number 2 turret salvaged. They were straightened, relined, and installed on the USS Nevada during a refit of that ship, and were later fired at the Japanese at Iwo Jima and Okinawa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
There was an unmade Seinfeld episode called The Bet. Its plot was Elaine buying a gun for protection but the cast and director hated it saying "guns aren't funny". It was the ninth episode put into production before being abandoned. screencrush.com/seinfeld-…
Ford made an anti-aircraft gun that suffered from a series of technical problems and massive cost overruns resulting in its cancellation. During a demonstration for a group of VIPs, it started aiming at the review stands, causing several minor injuries as members of the group jumped for cover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M24…
The equivalent of the English-language idiom "comparing apples and oranges" in Serbian is "grandmothers and toads"; in Romanian it's "the grandmother and the machine gun" or "the cow and the longjohns"; and the equivalent Danish idiom is "What is highest, the Round Tower or a thunderclap?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
In 1844, during a pleasure cruise on a US steamship, a ship's gun exploded, killing the US secretary of state, secretary of the Navy, and four other high-ranking federal officials. The disaster killed more top US government officials in a single day than any other tragedy in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Eddie Van Halen once put a gun to Fred Durst’s head and demanded Durst return music gear EVH had left at Durst’s house after a failed jam session. ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
A-10's main gun (GAU-8 Avenger) generates a recoil force greater than one of the plane's engine and generates so much smoke that it made the engines stopped during initial test flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAU…
Barnstorming, a form of rural entertainment where stunt pilots performed tricks individually or in flying circuses, was first performed by Charles Foster Willard. He's also the first person to be shot down in an airplane when an annoyed farmer fired a squirrel gun at him and broke his propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In Lord of War starring Nicholas Cage, they bought 3000 real guns for the filming because it was cheaper to buy real guns and resell later than buying props. They also rented 50 tanks which were only available for a short period because the source had to sell them to Libya later cinemablend.com/news/2472…
In 1992, popular British electronic band The KLF fired machine gun blanks at their audience at the BRIT Awards, dumped a dead sheep at the afterparty, retired from the music industry, and deleted their back catalogue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The last duel fought in Canada was in 1873 over a woman. Upon turning and firing, one duelist fell to the ground. Both duelists unknowingly had blanks loaded in their guns by their seconds. The one man fell because he fainted with fear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
WWI Metal of Honor; Jake Allex, alone and exposed, ran directly towards machine gun fire, neutralizing the turret. Out of bullets, he used his bayonet to kill five soldiers before it snapped. He then used his rifle butt to subdue the rest of the nest, capturing 15 prisoners, all by himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
Former US President Andrew Jackson was approached by a man who pulled a gun on him.The man pulled the trigger and shot at him but misfired, he then took another gun out of his pocket and and pulled the trigger but that gun also misfired.Jackson who was 67 at that time then beat him with his cane en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Today I learned about the attempted hijacking of FedEx Flight 705 by a disgruntled employee who filled a guitar case filled with hammers and a spear gun. The captain (ex-Navy) performer extreme arial maneuvers while the first officer and engineer fended off the attacker. The plane landed safely and all survived en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Six Georgia inmates out on work detail saved a Deputy Sheriff who collapsed unconscious. They could have taken his gun & fled with the work van but used the Deputy's phone to call 911. The Sheriff's Office gave the men a pizza party with homemade dessert & recommended reduced sentences. cbsnews.com/news/six-inma…
The KS-23 is a Soviet shotgun that was built from rejected 23 mm aircraft gun barrels. The weapon is technically a carbine but can be loaded with grenades, buck shot, rubber bullets, or flashbangs. It is the largest-bore shotgun in use today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KS-…
The ZAZ trio (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker), creators of movies like "Airplane!", "Top Secret" and "The Naked Gun", pulled a prank that cost them 60,000$ and took 4 years, just to have an announcer at a horse racetrack say "all pink on the inside" thelaughbutton.com/creato…
"How to Win Friends and Influence People" was a smash-hit in Nazi Germany, much to the author's surprise. He thought the idea of being smooth and charming wouldn't go well with the Nazi worldview. He wrote that he would rate "butter higher than guns as a means of winning friends". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
In Top Gun, Maverick goes into a flat spin which he cannot recover and crashes into the ocean, killing Goose. During production the stunt pilot hired to perform and film the scene went into the flat spin but couldn't recover, crashed into the ocean and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
During WWI, The British would send decoy Merchant β€˜Q-Ships’ to known areas of U-Boat activity. When the U-Boats surfaced, the β€˜crew’, would make a show of abandoning ship. Suddenly the Q-ship's panels would drop to reveal hidden deck guns, which would then open fire, sinking the enemy vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q-s…
Marvel comics collaborated with Toei Company to create a Japanese version of Spiderman which involves fighting aliens,guns and giant robots. theverge.com/2015/1/12/75…
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…
Today I learned about Mitchell Paige, US Marine who operated four machine guns, singlehandedly stopping an entire Japanese regiment in the Battle of Guadalcanal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
In April 1914, the Mexican government refused to perform a 21-gun salute for the arrest & eventual release of 9 US Sailors. This resulted in the US occupying the port of Vera Cruz, per the direction of Woodrow Wilson. The occupation took place the morning after the Ludlow Massacre, in Colorado. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In 2003, the lead singer of Creed, Scott Stapp, contemplated suicide. He put two guns to his head, but did not pull the triggers. He instead fired a few rounds through the walls of his house, put the guns away, went to the garage, got some putty and patched the holes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
During D-day, the USS Texas intentionality flooded a part of itself to help provide inland fire support. It flooded the starboard torpedo blister to list the ship 2 degrees, giving the ship’s guns enough elevation to continue its mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
"Lawnchair Larry" Walters in 1982 put giant balloons on a lawnchair and launched himself (along with food, beer, & a pellet gun to pop balloons --thus control elevation) 16000 feet up; jets saw him. He lost the gun overboard & drifted 45 min to land in power lines. He lived & was arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
Initial designs for Donkey Kong's coconut gun in DK64 came from sketches by Shigeru Miyamoto. These sketches were made immediately after he saw the ape with an actual, bullet-firing, shotgun. gamesradar.com/uk/making-…
The Ludlow Massacre. In 1914, The Colorado National Guard and the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company open-fired with machine guns on a tent colony of striking coal miners and their families, killing 21 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
In the late nineties, two heavily armed and armored bank robbers squared off against the LAPD in a running gun battle known as the North Hollywood Shootout. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
At Okinawa in WW2, destroyer USS Laffey was badly damaged by 4 bombs & 6 kamikaze crashes in an attack of about 50 planes. When the captain was asked if they should abandon ship, he said he'd never abandon ship as long as a single gun will fire. The Laffey survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
There was a test several years ago where 70 undercover agents tried to sneak bombs or guns through US airport security; 67 succeeded abcnews.go.com/US/exclusi…
Author Robert Howard created Conan the Barbarian and invented the entire 'sword and sorcery' genre. He took care of his sickly mother his entire adult life, never married and barely dated. The day his mother finally died, he he walked out to his car, grabbed a gun, and shot himself in the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In Svalbard, by law, you must carry a gun when traveling outside of the settlements because of the archipelago’s abundant polar bear population. lifeinnorway.net/svalbard…
Today I learned about the cemetery gun, a mounted gun that was used to kill grave robbers. The gun would be set up in front of the grave with 3 tripwires attached to it. If someone triggered a tripwire the gun would turn and fire in the direction or whatever tripwire was pulled, killing the person. royalarmouries.org/storie…
During WW2, the United States Air Force conducted strategic bombing on German ball bearing factories. This was believed to reduce the production of machine guns, tanks, planes, artillery, and submarines since they relied heavily on these parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Nobody was killed during the 34 hour siege of Fort Sumter that sparked the Civil War. The only casualties occurred when a pile of cartridges ignited, killing two privates and wounding several others during a 100-gun salute to the American flag after Major Anderson's surrender. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The Red Baron, bleeding out in a field from a fatal wound from Australian machine-gun Fire, uttered his last words in-front of enemy soldiers. His last word was β€˜Kaput’ translated to English which means β€˜Broken’. kumc.edu/wwi/biography/re…
Today I learned about the Champawat Tiger. A bengal tigress responsible for 436 human deaths and terrorizing a large region in India. In 1907, she was shot and killed by hired big-game hunter Jim Corbett. The hunter deduced that her transition to easier human prey was due to broken teeth from a gun shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Tom Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at 6 yrs old and graduated high school as a functional illiterate, relying on his sister for help with schoolwork. He was in movies like Taps and Risky Business before learning to read in 1986 when he became a scientologist, the year Top Gun was released. people.com/archive/tom-cr…
Today I learned of Hazel Hill, a 13 year old schoolgirl who influenced the design of the Spitfire fighter aircraft. She and her father did the calculations that allowed for the aircraft to be fitted with 8 guns instead of 4. The aircraft became famous for winning the Battle of Britain. bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-5335…
About Ben Foord a successful professional boxer who died after shooting himself in the face whilst twirling his guns pretending to be a 'desperado' cowboy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned of the term "Thunder Run" a US improvised method of clearing land mines from Highway 19 during the Vietnam War. It involved two M48 tanks driving side by side along the road whilst firing all of their guns until they reached their destination or hit a landmine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M48…
The NRS-2 is a Soviet era combination gun and knife. The barrel faces out the bottom of the handle and has an effective range of 25 meters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NRS…
Today I learned of a 1972 CIA project to wiretap enemy phone lines deep within North Vietnam. The helicopter used in the operation, developed at Area 51, was the quietest ever built. In the dead of night, its pilots flew 100-200 feet above North Vietnamese farmers and anti-aircraft guns without being detected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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