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(NJ.com)   Seventy-three-year-old man drills into WWII-era 20mm cannon shell to make a lamp. Hilarity explodes   (nj.com) divider line 10
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2012-04-27 06:08:48 AM  
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joshzsmith
How the hell could you make a lamp with a 20
mm?
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The way the old guy did it, it only lights up once tho'.
2012-04-27 09:59:33 AM  
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sjcousins: joshzsmith: Boatmech: joshzsmith
How the hell could you make a lamp with a 20
mm?
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The way the old guy did it, it only lights up once tho'.

That's a pretty nifty looking lamp, but I thought a 20 mm would be a bit smaller. Was thinking about the length of a hand.

Yeah a 2cm wide shell isn't exactly lamp sized. A nightlight perhaps?

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More like a special gift for his wife.
2012-04-27 07:47:13 AM  
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So, success?
2012-04-27 07:15:10 AM  
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2012-04-27 06:49:13 AM  
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joshzsmith: Boatmech: joshzsmith
How the hell could you make a lamp with a 20
mm?
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The way the old guy did it, it only lights up once tho'.

That's a pretty nifty looking lamp, but I thought a 20 mm would be a bit smaller. Was thinking about the length of a hand.


20mm only tells you the width of the round it self, not the width or length of the casing. The article doesn't bother to mention which particular type of 20mm ammo and indeed there may not be enough left to make it immediately identifiable. They do say they think it was left over from WW2 but they don't say from what country so that doesn't narrow it down much. We could be talking anything from a 20x72 to a 20x138.

Given that this was in the US my best guess is a 20x110mm since those were used by the US Navy. From the fact that he went to a hospital in an ambulance rather than to the morgue in buckets I'm guessing it was an armor piercing round rather than a high explosive one.
2012-04-27 06:46:10 AM  
1 votes:
lh5.googleusercontent.com

GIS for "groin lamp" turned up this future classic.
2012-04-27 05:48:42 AM  
1 votes:
He loves lamp
2012-04-27 05:48:40 AM  
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gratuitous quatermass and the pit, just because.
2012-04-27 05:45:15 AM  
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joshzsmith: How the hell could you make a lamp with a 20 mm?


Easily with some holes. Lamps aren't rocket science.
2012-04-27 05:44:13 AM  
1 votes:
How the hell could you make a lamp with a 20 mm?
 
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