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(FOX6Now)   Sappy: Widow goes through attic and discovers her husband's WWII uniform, medals, and other memorabilia. Scary: Memorabilia such as four live grenades   (fox6now.com) divider line 73
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2014-03-20 08:47:38 AM  

robohobo: All my gramps brought home from WWII was a dufflebag of gold.

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//also some awesome nazi hats/helmets


Lots of those "Greatest Generation" dudes looted the shiat out of Europe during WWII.  Some of those "defenders of freedom" stole so much stuff, they were able to set themselves up in business when they got home.  That's the problem with you kids today,  you won't go fight wars in rich countries and steal shiat.

Murica/
 
2014-03-20 09:25:39 AM  

The One True TheDavid: What's so scary about an hand grenade? Don't pull the pin out and you'll be fine.

Hand it here, I'll show you what I mean.


SpeedyBB: // I'm curious as to why they were considered 'unstable' (according to the news piece). Old explosives degrade?


errr.. yeah...

40 years minimum, in an attic, could be a LOT of variants here.

Depending on the type of explosive chemical used, we are looking at it turning into an unstable mass that just dropping (falling over) or even slightly rough handling it could make it react and explode.

If we are looking at chemical separation, movement could cause the two liquids or salts to touch and well, we end up having a bad time.

For example, dynamite badly stored (in a humid place) ends up turning it into a nitro type salt mess that just moving it fast will cause it to explode.

For a grenade, in a humid place, we could be looking at rust on the pin, on the trigger mechanism, etc.

Just grabbing the handle it could break the rusted pin, washer, or other parts, causing oxidized metal to have a reaction with another part.
 
2014-03-20 09:34:00 AM  

gfid: SpeedyBB: // I'm curious as to why they were considered 'unstable' (according to the news piece). Old explosives degrade?

I've heard they degrade, but I am by no means knowledgeable on the subject.  How would they degrade?  If anything I would think moisture and possibly other things would make them weaker, but stored carefully, I don't see how that would happen.

I wonder the same thing about drugs.  Is that expiration date on the label meaningful for anyone except the pharmaceutical company who expects you to buy a new bottle if you don't use them all up before that date?

Any explosives experts out there?


Old dynamite used to sweat nitroglycerin I believe. It became very unstable when there were droplets of nitroglycerin hanging off of it.
 
2014-03-20 09:34:10 AM  

batlock666: Scary is the right word. This happened yesterday near my place of birth.


Not a fair comparison.

Unexploded ordinance fired from a weapon or dropped from a plane is exceedingly dangerous.  Grenades kept inside a home with the pins in place are not.
 
2014-03-20 09:38:28 AM  
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2014-03-20 09:41:36 AM  
About the unstable thing, I'll just leave this here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unexploded_ordnance
 
2014-03-20 09:53:20 AM  

Fissile: robohobo: All my gramps brought home from WWII was a dufflebag of gold.

/<napoleondynamitelucky,jpg>
//also some awesome nazi hats/helmets

Lots of those "Greatest Generation" dudes looted the shiat out of Europe during WWII.  Some of those "defenders of freedom" stole so much stuff, they were able to set themselves up in business when they got home.  That's the problem with you kids today,  you won't go fight wars in rich countries and steal shiat.

Murica/


Not to disrespect are troops but thief was rampant. From both the military and civilains.
 
2014-03-20 10:04:49 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Fissile: robohobo: All my gramps brought home from WWII was a dufflebag of gold.

/<napoleondynamitelucky,jpg>
//also some awesome nazi hats/helmets

Lots of those "Greatest Generation" dudes looted the shiat out of Europe during WWII.  Some of those "defenders of freedom" stole so much stuff, they were able to set themselves up in business when they got home.  That's the problem with you kids today,  you won't go fight wars in rich countries and steal shiat.

Murica/

Not to disrespect are troops but thief was rampant. From both the military and civilains.


It's not theft if you have a gun.

It's robbery.
 
2014-03-20 10:11:04 AM  
imfallen_angel:

Depending on the type of explosive chemical used, we are looking at it turning into an unstable mass that just dropping (falling over) or even slightly rough handling it could make it react and explode....

Oh man. Really? Then I'm glad there was never an old grenade in my attic, just old bats in my belfry.

Speaking of which, sometimes I'm also glad to know that dreams are just random brain farts instead of communications from The Other Side or something. Dayyum.
 
2014-03-20 10:17:17 AM  

ChubbyTiger: /tl;dr The expiration dates tend to be reasonable. Don't be stupid.


So these 12 year old antibiotics are likely trash? But they're $4 generics at Wal-Mart! I can get sorta drunk for $4!

Oh well.
 
2014-03-20 10:23:06 AM  
It amazes me how WWII vets were able to bring back so much stuff without the military asking for it back like they do today.  I recall a classmate bringing in a trunk full of her grandfather's gear, including his M1 and bayonet.

Also, the veterans museum in Frankenmuth, MI has a display of the souvenirs brought home taken from the dead Japanese and Germans as well their own gear.  Whatever the soldiers brought home, they display nicely if it was part of the soldier's gear.  The stuff removed from the enemy is just tossed in like junk.  There are some rifles there as well.

/I still like that museum, you should check it out if in the area.
 
2014-03-20 10:38:11 AM  

doglover: Mid_mo_mad_man: Fissile: robohobo: All my gramps brought home from WWII was a dufflebag of gold.

/<napoleondynamitelucky,jpg>
//also some awesome nazi hats/helmets

Lots of those "Greatest Generation" dudes looted the shiat out of Europe during WWII.  Some of those "defenders of freedom" stole so much stuff, they were able to set themselves up in business when they got home.  That's the problem with you kids today,  you won't go fight wars in rich countries and steal shiat.

Murica/

Not to disrespect are troops but thief was rampant. From both the military and civilains.

It's not theft if you have a gun.

It's robbery.


I was using it as a general catch all term. I wonder how many missing art treasures are hanging in American living rooms?
 
2014-03-20 10:58:00 AM  

Fissile: robohobo: All my gramps brought home from WWII was a dufflebag of gold.

/<napoleondynamitelucky,jpg>
//also some awesome nazi hats/helmets

Lots of those "Greatest Generation" dudes looted the shiat out of Europe during WWII.  Some of those "defenders of freedom" stole so much stuff, they were able to set themselves up in business when they got home.  That's the problem with you kids today,  you won't go fight wars in rich countries and steal shiat.

Murica/


Read some Charles Whitting accounts of that war. There were literally brigades of deserted American troops marauding and stealing across the countryside. He was actually robbed by a bunch of them as a war corespondent. You wonder why the French hate em.
 
2014-03-20 11:10:23 AM  

lack of warmth: It amazes me how WWII vets were able to bring back so much stuff without the military asking for it back like they do today.  I recall a classmate bringing in a trunk full of her grandfather's gear, including his M1 and bayonet.

Also, the veterans museum in Frankenmuth, MI has a display of the souvenirs brought home taken from the dead Japanese and Germans as well their own gear.  Whatever the soldiers brought home, they display nicely if it was part of the soldier's gear.  The stuff removed from the enemy is just tossed in like junk.  There are some rifles there as well.

/I still like that museum, you should check it out if in the area.


In the Milsurp collecting community there's something known as a "duffle cut". It's a certain cut to a rifle that allowed it to be smuggled out in a duffle bag. During the war all you had to do in the US military was report it lost; we had so much that nobody really cared.
 
2014-03-20 11:13:22 AM  
Just waiting for the first grandchild to go through their Granpappy's WWII stuff and find a JAPANESE HUMAN SKULL (which really was a collectible thing to do back then).

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2014-03-20 12:23:24 PM  

vudukungfu: batlock666: Scary is the right word. This happened yesterday near my place of birth.

You were born in a leper colony?


That is an "i", not an "L". The alternate spelling might clarify it for you: Ypres. Which I personally think is a cool place to be from due to the rich history of the place.
 
2014-03-20 12:46:02 PM  

Slaxl: I was expecting the "scary" part to be "It voz ze kamp kommandants uniform!"


www.talltimberfishing.com

Hogan! Ver ist mein klothes!?
 
2014-03-20 12:47:34 PM  
Really? This hasn't already been posted?

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2014-03-20 01:17:39 PM  
Somebody flunked at math. Grenades were 40yrs old WWII ended almost 70yrs ago.
 
2014-03-20 02:18:44 PM  
MythDragon:  The cop just wanted it for himself. You know they took it back to the station and played with it.

Probably even took pictures. Maybe shoved it up each other's butts.
"Hey Earl! Lookit me! I'm a grenade launcher!"
And they all laughed...

  "No homo."
 
2014-03-20 02:23:31 PM  
Mid_mo_mad_man:

Not to disrespect are troops but thief was rampant. From both the military and civilains.

Are troop be not thief. Leis you tell.
 
2014-03-20 02:35:37 PM  
I hope the poor lady carried them out to a safe distance from her house before calling authorities otherwise they are likely just to blow up her house to be sure.
 
2014-03-20 03:35:56 PM  
Alexei Novikov: What an idiot. Those would have sold for decent money.

That's the first thing I thought of, too. Four live grenades would bring in $800 to $1,000 from gangbangers and probably more from people who buy military ordinance collectibles. Give it to the police and you get doodly-squat.
 
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