"Pall Mall" cigarettes are named after Pall Mall street in London, which is named for the game Pall Mall played on that street, which is named after the French game of "Jeu de mail", which is named after the Italian game of "pallamaglio", which means "ball mallet". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Ewen MacDonald was hanged in 1752 but regained consciousness after being taken to the dissection theatre. When the surgeon who was meant to dissect his body discovered the supposedly dead man sitting upright on the operating table, he promptly bludgeoned MacDonald to death with a mallet. books.google.co.uk/books?…
In 1981, a Maltese man unknowingly welded a butterfly bomb onto a pipe, which detonated when he used it as a mallet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
The largest calibre guns ever built (Mallet's mortar and Little David) both had a bore diameter of 914mm. Neither were used in combat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Ringo Starr's first exposure to percussuion happened when he contracted tuberculosis at the age of 13 and was admitted into a sanatorium for 2 years. The staff encouraged him to join the hospital band where he used a makeshift mallet to strike against the cabinets next to his bed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
After fleeing a car accident, a Michigan man attacked a police officer with a four-foot sword then retreated to his basement, donned chainmail, armed himself with a giant wooden mallet and proclaimed "I have a thousand years of power!" thesmokinggun.com/documen…
Today I learned of the Great Stalacpipe Organ - an electronic keyboard that triggers mallets which hammer on stalactites, providing the beautifully haunting sound of the instrument. curiosity.com/topics/the-…
The Great Stalacpipe Organ used Virginia's Luray Caverns to produce music by striking the cave's stalactites with solenoid-actuated rubber mallets to produce sound. The organ can be heard anywhere within its 64-acre (260,000 m^2) confines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is a Tibetan funeral practice called a Sky Burial that involves placing a disassembled body on a mountaintop to be devoured by vultures. The bones are then broken with mallets and fed to crows and hawks. people.howstuffworks.com/…
Today I learned of the Ustase run Jasenovac Concentration Camp, a camp so brutal even the Nazis were shocked by it. Methods of extermination include more manual means (mallets and knives) to "Granik", where prisoners had their intestines slashed and were thrown into a river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
In the Luray Caverns of Virginia, USA, ancient stalactites are used as the "Stalacpipe Organ", where rubber mallets controlled by an electronic organ console strike them to produce a beautiful and haunting sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The French term "coups de grΓ’ce" means "blows of mercy" and comes from the merciful killing strike with a mallet during the use of a torturous device called the Breaking Wheel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
When discussing ideas on One-Eyed Jacks with Stanley Kubrick, Brando would assume the lotus position and bang a huge gong with a mallet when he didnΚΌt like something Kubrick had said. deathbyfilms.com/21-amazi…
The word "mall" ("enclosed shopping gallery") comes from "a croquet-like game involving hitting a ball with a mallet through a ring" etymonline.com/index.php?…
Gaston Glock, the creator of the Glock handgun, was nearly beaten to death with a rubber mallet when he was 70 by an ex-professional wrestler in an assassination attempt thehighroad.org/archive/i…
Apple support told customers that experienced problems with their Apple III to lift it up and drop it. It actually worked. techjunkie.com/apple-iii-…
The archaic study of head shape (Phrenology) is responsible for many sayings. Intelligent people had a "highbrow", stupid people had a "lowbrow", people with balanced attributes' heads were "well-rounded" and psychiatrists would reduce areas of people's brains and were called "shrinks". theatlantic.com/amp/artic…
The world's first operational nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus, had bearings made out of wood en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
MTV Removed All References To Fire From Beavis And Butthead After A Five Year Old Child Set Fire To His Bed, Killing His Sister articles.latimes.com/1993…
"Little David" was the biggest caliber gun ever made. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Although The Shining is widely known for the scene where Jack hacks through a door with an axe, in the original book version he used a sledgehammer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
David Lynch pulled together some of the ranks of Twin Peaks, and made an album

After a while this voice came into our headphones, "Stephen, that snare drum is......well, is there another sound instead?" Stephen tried playing the rim of the drum. "That's better. Can you make it sound more like metal?" For the next 20 minutes, Stephen went through a number of different sounds. He played the side of the drum with a brush. He tried scraping the drum. He used a metal mallet. He tried a music stand. He tried a break-drum. An old stand up ashtray. Finally they settled on him playing the big heavy base of a mic stand turned upside down on top of the standing ashtray with a ball peed hammer as a mallet. We started jamming on that for a while.

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