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(Shanghaiist)   Chinese family unearths 'priceless ancient artifacts' thinking they'll be rich beyond their wildest dreams only to find out they're really just WWII explosives left by the Japanese   ( shanghaiist.com) divider line
    More: Facepalm, World War II, ancient artifacts, priceless ancient artifacts, China, Hubei province, treasure trove, Henan, eastern Hubei province  
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2017-04-18 08:43:21 AM  
Their dreams of wealth were blown to bits?

/Just kidding, local party bosses would have stolen it all anyway.
 
2017-04-18 09:26:11 AM  
Hit em with a hammer!
 
2017-04-18 10:24:45 AM  
Ben Stiller unavailable for comment.
 
2017-04-18 12:24:46 PM  
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2017-04-18 12:28:19 PM  
Was it left behind by Unit 731?

It could have value in a certain strange surplus store

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2017-04-18 12:28:57 PM  

King Something: Ben Stiller unavailable for comment.


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2017-04-18 12:29:27 PM  
What were they expecting? Calgon?
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2017-04-18 12:31:37 PM  
Boom shakalakah.
 
2017-04-18 12:32:11 PM  
Finding priceless relics doesn't always turn out well for Chinese peasants, based on what I've read about the Terracotta Army.
 
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2017-04-18 12:43:43 PM  

MBooda: What were they expecting? Calgon?
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Ancient Chinese secret huh?
 
2017-04-18 12:44:58 PM  
Between the Japanese invasion and the Chinese civil war i am surprised we have no seen more stories about finding of old munitions.    I suppose it likely alot was found and disposed of during the time when Chinese was isolated from the west and literally almost no news came out of there to the west.
 
2017-04-18 12:46:08 PM  

rudemix: Was it left behind by Unit 731?

It could have value in a certain strange surplus store

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Pretty sure the proprietor of that store doesn't have much use for any artifacts left behind by a non-white army.
 
2017-04-18 12:49:49 PM  

rudemix: Was it left behind by Unit 731?

It could have value in a certain strange surplus store

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That is truly an esoteric bit of knowledge.  Loved the movie, but how many times have you seen it to remember that?

/Should we be worried?
 
2017-04-18 12:49:59 PM  

MBooda: What were they expecting? Calgon?
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leaving this thread happy
 
2017-04-18 01:05:46 PM  
"So at first I was a bit disappointed, but then I was like 'Hey, free explosives!'".
 
2017-04-18 01:46:17 PM  
Type 97s. A hand grenade that was almost as dangerous to the pitcher as it was to the catcher.
 
2017-04-18 01:47:12 PM  
Look, there's ancient writing on it! "This Side Towards Enemy"
 
2017-04-18 01:56:50 PM  
Perhaps they could melt the Japanese artifacts into a sphere and call it 'co-prosperity'....
 
2017-04-18 01:59:52 PM  

ToughActinProlactin: rudemix: Was it left behind by Unit 731?

It could have value in a certain strange surplus store

[thumbs.anyclip.com image 480x270]

Pretty sure the proprietor of that store doesn't have much use for any artifacts left behind by a non-white army.


You mean like how the Nazis would never work with the Japanese? Or Arabs for that matter?
 
2017-04-18 02:03:31 PM  
To achieve certain ends, yes. If you think that would have been the end of it, you're delusional.
 
2017-04-18 02:09:11 PM  
I'd estimate the fragmentation at half a million.
A half a million? But it's old explosives, buried in the ground.
You sir, have an explosive danger. A real explosive danger.
/With apologies to Antiques Roadshow.
 
2017-04-18 02:10:48 PM  

grimlock1972: Between the Japanese invasion and the Chinese civil war i am surprised we have no seen more stories about finding of old munitions.    I suppose it likely alot was found and disposed of during the time when Chinese was isolated from the west and literally almost no news came out of there to the west.


If you could read Mandarin, and didn't mind news sources with a strong government bias, I am sure you would come across a lot more stories like this one.
 
2017-04-18 02:24:54 PM  

cgraves67: Finding priceless relics doesn't always turn out well for Chinese peasants, based on what I've read about the Terracotta Army.


The mecury poisoning? Or lead injections?
 
2017-04-18 02:33:57 PM  

Evil Twin Skippy: cgraves67: Finding priceless relics doesn't always turn out well for Chinese peasants, based on what I've read about the Terracotta Army.

The mecury poisoning? Or lead injections?


Having their farm dug up by the government with little compensation and no thanks for the amazing discovery.
 
2017-04-18 02:34:55 PM  
Well, that blew up in their faces.
 
2017-04-18 02:55:07 PM  
"I'll have to call a friend up who knows about this stuff."
 
2017-04-18 03:07:41 PM  

Fano: ToughActinProlactin: rudemix: Was it left behind by Unit 731?

It could have value in a certain strange surplus store

[thumbs.anyclip.com image 480x270]

Pretty sure the proprietor of that store doesn't have much use for any artifacts left behind by a non-white army.

You mean like how the Nazis would never work with the Japanese? Or Arabs for that matter?


You forgot Soviet Union
 
2017-04-18 03:08:12 PM  
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2017-04-18 03:10:10 PM  

MBooda: What were they expecting? Calgon?
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/got nothing
 
2017-04-18 03:12:10 PM  

LewDux: Fano: ToughActinProlactin: rudemix: Was it left behind by Unit 731?

It could have value in a certain strange surplus store

[thumbs.anyclip.com image 480x270]

Pretty sure the proprietor of that store doesn't have much use for any artifacts left behind by a non-white army.

You mean like how the Nazis would never work with the Japanese? Or Arabs for that matter?

You forgot Soviet Union


It was like the Benetton of Hate
 
2017-04-18 03:16:09 PM  

Freschel: MBooda: What were they expecting? Calgon?
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/got nothing


Kalgon, blow me away!

/like WWII explosives
 
2017-04-18 03:25:38 PM  
History, it's a blast!
 
2017-04-18 03:57:05 PM  

winedrinkingman: grimlock1972: Between the Japanese invasion and the Chinese civil war i am surprised we have no seen more stories about finding of old munitions.    I suppose it likely alot was found and disposed of during the time when Chinese was isolated from the west and literally almost no news came out of there to the west.

If you could read Mandarin, and didn't mind news sources with a strong government bias, I am sure you would come across a lot more stories like this one.


Mostly this stuff doesn't get reported because it's too common to qualify as news, unless it's a really scary-big bomb.    Here's a story on a big bomb, with links to other big bombs found in Europe in recent months:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/19/wwii-bomb-discovery-c​l​oses-waterloo-and-westminster-bridges

I've personally dug up firearms and shell/bomb fragments from WWII, did not notify the press.   (The property where I was digging was flattened by the American air force, who didn't know the German officers staying there had already left.)  In many places, you can't stick a shovel in the dirt without hitting something.

China and most of Europe are pretty safe now, a lot of stuff is either dug up or rusted away.  More recent wars mean much higher danger.   The estimate for Iraq is about one death a day from land mines left over from the Iran War and the Gulf War.
 
2017-04-18 04:33:04 PM  
The whatevertheyares are threaded.  How could they possibly think they were ancient?
 
2017-04-18 04:36:25 PM  

jtown: The whatevertheyares are threaded.  How could they possibly think they were ancient?


You think they didn't have thread back in the ancient days?

/Temporalist!!!
 
2017-04-18 04:38:53 PM  

MBooda: Freschel: MBooda: What were they expecting? Calgon?
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/got nothing

Kalgon, blow me away!


My husband, some hot shot.
 
2017-04-18 07:38:09 PM  
Back during Vietnam War, American bombers would unload their unused munitions in neighboring countries like Cambodia and Laos to lighten their payload. Even now, farmers in Laos and Cambodian sometimes accidentally dig up one of those unexploded ordnance and get maimed in the process.
 
2017-04-18 07:53:09 PM  
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MFW it's a watermark and not a baby block for size comparison.
 
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