Do you have adblock enabled?
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(DW)   American tourist takes unexploded WWII munition to Vienna Airport after washing it in her hotel room to not get her clothes dirty   ( dw.com) divider line
    More: Scary, World War II, World War I, 24-year-old American tourist, dud tank artillery, artillery shell, Austrian customs officials, unexploded World War, bomb disposal unit  
•       •       •

5436 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Jul 2018 at 3:35 PM (9 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



78 Comments     (+0 »)
 
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all

 
2018-07-11 03:33:56 PM  
trinities.orgView Full Size
 
2018-07-11 03:37:48 PM  
If this were the US, the TSA would have let her go (unless they decided to molest her first).
 
KIA
2018-07-11 03:37:59 PM  
Kids do the darndest things!

Although at age 24, maybe best to give this one a time out.
 
2018-07-11 03:38:11 PM  
But is it an American 75mm shell or a German 75mm shell, and yes, the Germans also used 75mm on many of their tanks.
 
2018-07-11 03:38:37 PM  
Well that was exceedingly idiotic of her.
 
2018-07-11 03:38:38 PM  
i.kym-cdn.comView Full Size
 
2018-07-11 03:40:58 PM  
Donate it to Goodwill?
 
2018-07-11 03:42:09 PM  
And every single antique show on tv says: don't clean it - you'll destroy it's value.

I guess we're lucky this isn't a story about her trying to smuggle it home in her secret purse.
 
2018-07-11 03:43:36 PM  
$4,600 fine for stupidity? Yeah seems about right.
 
2018-07-11 03:43:45 PM  
Nah, just a lot of old junk :P

Hot Fuzz (4/10) Movie CLIP - Sea Mine (2007) HD
Youtube Cun-LZvOTdw
 
2018-07-11 03:43:45 PM  
€4000 fine as a lesson seems pretty reasonable.
 
2018-07-11 03:44:10 PM  
you should put them back and put them in deep,
use a hammer or a sledge if possible, so no one finds it.
 
2018-07-11 03:45:39 PM  

winedrinkingman: But is it an American 75mm shell or a German 75mm shell, and yes, the Germans also used 75mm on many of their tanks.


Based on it being Vienna, probably German. Although it could have been received by the Soviets via lend-lease.

It could also be a mislabeling of a Soviet 76mm shell.
 
2018-07-11 03:46:40 PM  

houstondragon: Nah, just a lot of old junk :P

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cun-LZvO​Tdw]


"It's not the dog we need!"
 
2018-07-11 03:47:10 PM  
re ChipNASA:

Luggage inspector training in vienna:

always say "*ein* Artillerie-Granate", never "*dein* Artillerie-Granate ".


Meh, finding UX from WWII isn't that uncommon in most of Europe.  It's usually fine as long as you don't hit it with a sledgehammer.  Usually.   I'd definitely think twice about putting that in my luggage, though.  European airlines tend to be pretty strict with the weight limits.
 
2018-07-11 03:47:52 PM  
How does someone that stupid make it to 24 without Darwining themselves?
 
2018-07-11 03:48:03 PM  
"deine", dammit.
 
2018-07-11 03:49:22 PM  
"Officials quickly called the bomb disposal unit to remove and dispose of the 7.5 cm (3 inch) caliber dud tank artillery shell."

img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2018-07-11 03:54:22 PM  
Kind of amazing it only led to a 15-minute shutdown!
 
2018-07-11 03:56:37 PM  

Eli WhiskeyDik: "Officials quickly called the bomb disposal unit to remove and dispose of the 7.5 cm (3 inch) caliber dud tank artillery shell."

[img.fark.net image 220x157]


While I know nothing about munitions, by itself "tank artillery" isn't completely ignorant: Mechanized Artillery of WWII
 
2018-07-11 03:56:52 PM  
I'm surprised she didn't take a selfie with it...
I mean, EOD guys did it all the time.

img.fark.netView Full Size

img.fark.netView Full Size


Also 'Danger UXB' is a decent show.

img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2018-07-11 03:59:11 PM  
So I'm guessing the answer to her question was no.
 
2018-07-11 04:02:01 PM  

houstondragon: Nah, just a lot of old junk :P

[Youtube Cun-LZvOTdw image 480x270][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cun-LZvO​Tdw]


I need to watch this movie again.

For the Greater Good.
 
2018-07-11 04:02:38 PM  

lordargent: I'm surprised she didn't take a selfie with it...
I mean, EOD guys did it all the time.

[img.fark.net image 600x394]
[img.fark.net image 500x327]

Also 'Danger UXB' is a decent show.

[img.fark.net image 582x327]


I probably would have taken my picture with it. I would love to have a deactivated one. But I am not stupid enough to take a live shell to the airport.
 
2018-07-11 04:03:32 PM  

GranoblasticMan: Eli WhiskeyDik: "Officials quickly called the bomb disposal unit to remove and dispose of the 7.5 cm (3 inch) caliber dud tank artillery shell."

[img.fark.net image 220x157]

While I know nothing about munitions, by itself "tank artillery" isn't completely ignorant: Mechanized Artillery of WWII


Tank =/= howitzer
 
2018-07-11 04:05:50 PM  
Well it certainly wasn't a Mr. Burns made shell.
 
2018-07-11 04:06:54 PM  
Looks like it might be a solid AP projectile therefore no Boom-Boom. Tough to tell without seeing the nose.   Experts?
 
2018-07-11 04:08:37 PM  

Turbo Cojones: Looks like it might be a solid AP projectile therefore no Boom-Boom. Tough to tell without seeing the nose.   Experts?


It's got a fuse on it
 
2018-07-11 04:09:26 PM  

Turbo Cojones: Looks like it might be a solid AP projectile therefore no Boom-Boom. Tough to tell without seeing the nose.   Experts?


I was thinking the same. Even then, would the explosive still be viable after that many years?
 
2018-07-11 04:13:16 PM  

idrow: How does someone that stupid make it to 24 without Darwining themselves?


Well, now we can blame stupid Austrian airport security for interfering with his work.
 
2018-07-11 04:14:34 PM  
Why would you think they would allow this on an overseas flight. With all the examples of American brilliance that seem to pop up  in the foreign press lately, soon we may be banned from travelling abroad.

dailydot.comView Full Size
 
2018-07-11 04:18:25 PM  

Dangerous_sociopath: Turbo Cojones: Looks like it might be a solid AP projectile therefore no Boom-Boom. Tough to tell without seeing the nose.   Experts?

I was thinking the same. Even then, would the explosive still be viable after that many years?


Even better than viable, it's unstable. Do some googling about unexploded ordnance from WW2 (or even WW1), fun stuff.
 
2018-07-11 04:25:31 PM  
Scary ??? really ? I think the only time these blow up is when the farking bomb squad shows up and adds a detonation device to them. The world is full of wimps now...
 
2018-07-11 04:26:26 PM  

dywed88: lordargent: I'm surprised she didn't take a selfie with it...
I mean, EOD guys did it all the time.

[img.fark.net image 600x394]
[img.fark.net image 500x327]

Also 'Danger UXB' is a decent show.

[img.fark.net image 582x327]

I probably would have taken my picture with it. I would love to have a deactivated one. But I am not stupid enough to take a live shell to the airport.

TOUCH IT!
 
2018-07-11 04:26:36 PM  

idrow: How does someone that stupid make it to 24 without Darwining themselves?


This, so much this.

Also....

She sound blonde....I gots da moneyz on it.

Well, we never have to worry about her breeding the next generation because.....well.... they would be born with a severe case of perpetual.....

img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2018-07-11 04:27:28 PM  

dywed88: winedrinkingman: But is it an American 75mm shell or a German 75mm shell, and yes, the Germans also used 75mm on many of their tanks.

Based on it being Vienna, probably German. Although it could have been received by the Soviets via lend-lease.

It could also be a mislabeling of a Soviet 76mm shell.


Or a B-25 outfitted with a 75mm anti-tank gun, which is something they did in the war, though I don't know if those saw much combat or were,
 
2018-07-11 04:27:35 PM  

KIA: Kids do the darndest things!

Although at age 24 with her being an American, maybe best to give this one a time out.


The only place she had a chance to see something like that was in the cinema.
Europeans are much more aware of the danger of those things. Every year you hear that someone found some unexplored ordnance either in the woods, or in the cities during some excavations.

This happens still, 73 years after the war ended....
 
2018-07-11 04:28:07 PM  

JonBuck: I need to watch this movie again.

For the Greater Good.


GREATER GOOD
 
2018-07-11 04:30:09 PM  

winedrinkingman: But is it an American 75mm shell or a German 75mm shell, and yes, the Germans also used 75mm on many of their tanks.


'dud tank artillery shell'

Only the US fielded dud tanks in WWII.
 
2018-07-11 04:30:45 PM  

Dead_Cat_In_A_Tophat: Scary ??? really ? I think the only time these blow up is when the farking bomb squad shows up and adds a detonation device to them. The world is full of wimps now...


There are certain areas in London in which building demolition is not done in any way that might cause an unexploded WWII device to blow because they don't know what's underground. Source was a very interesting medieval studies professor I took part of a class from over there.
 
2018-07-11 04:38:56 PM  
After washing, she should've put it in the clothes dryer, just to be certain.
 
2018-07-11 04:40:51 PM  

awruk!: KIA: Kids do the darndest things!

Although at age 24 with her being an American, maybe best to give this one a time out.

The only place she had a chance to see something like that was in the cinema.
Europeans are much more aware of the danger of those things. Every year you hear that someone found some unexplored ordnance either in the woods, or in the cities during some excavations.

This happens still, 73 years after the war ended....


I have to disagree. "Don't play with bombs" is a pretty universal thing.

Now, maybe she thought it was solid metal, like a regular bullet, but I will still go with "really dumb"
 
2018-07-11 04:43:52 PM  

Dead_Cat_In_A_Tophat: Scary ??? really ? I think the only time these blow up is when the farking bomb squad shows up and adds a detonation device to them. The world is full of wimps now...


CSB: I used to work on a Pacific atoll that saw bombing throughout WWII after it was overrun by Japanese forces on Dec 23, 1941 after a couple of failed landing attempts. UXO is still found there quite a bit so I or the Safety manager would brief all incoming personnel about what to do if you find it (stay away, mark the site as best as possible, come get me so I can get GPS fix and photos to send to the EOD team in Hawaii). Highly emphasized was the DO NOT FARKING TOUCH IT OR PICK IT UP at yet at least a couple of times a year people would show up IN MY FARKING OFFICE carrying some rusted out artillery shell or pineapple grenade. Somebody was even so kind as to leave on on the table in the museum once.

No, none of them went off, but I'd rather not take that chance because the shiat is unstable.
They did dredge a 5" gun shell out of the harbor that hadn't been fired, it fell apart when it hit the ground because it had been sitting in seawater for almost 70 years at that point. It was kind of interesting to see because the case of the propellant section was corroded through and you could see that the propellant charge was really a bunch of sticks not unlike sparklers you'd see on the 4th of July. After sitting out in the air for a while, you could take one and light it just like a sparkler too.
 
2018-07-11 04:44:11 PM  

dj_bigbird: Dangerous_sociopath: Turbo Cojones: Looks like it might be a solid AP projectile therefore no Boom-Boom. Tough to tell without seeing the nose.   Experts?

I was thinking the same. Even then, would the explosive still be viable after that many years?

Even better than viable, it's unstable. Do some googling about unexploded ordnance from WW2 (or even WW1), fun stuff.


The instability of old explosives depends on the chemistry of the explosive.  Old TNT was a mix of trinitrotoluene and stabilizers.  It degraded to the point of instability rather quickly, even when stored properly.  It was developed to replace dynamite which was a mix of nitroglycerin and clay.  It was unstable on the day it was made and went downhill from there.  It could be set off by even minor impact.  At the time, it was offered as a safer alternative to gun powder or nitroglycerin alone.  Smokeless powder, on the other hand, is relatively stable for a very long time if it is stored in a relatively dry environment.  I had a 50-count box of pre-WWII .22 caliber cartridges and all but one went bang at the range.  All that being said, any un-exploded ordinance from yesterday or before has too much "boom" potential to mess around with.  If you happen to come across anything like that, try not to jump up and down.  Just move away quietly and wait until you are a good distance away before using your cell phone to call military or police experts.
 
2018-07-11 04:50:20 PM  

sunderland56: And every single antique show on tv says: don't clean it - you'll destroy it's value everything in the near vicinity.

I guess we're lucky this isn't a story about her trying to smuggle it home in her secret purse.


Imagine if she got it on the plane, and turbulence caused it to go BOOM!  They would be investigating it like an act of terror for years to come.
 
2018-07-11 04:52:03 PM  

winedrinkingman: But is it an American 75mm shell or a German 75mm shell, and yes, the Germans also used 75mm on many of their tanks.


What type of American used metric during the 1940s?  Wouldn't they call it a 2.95 caliber or something?  /If the Ruskies want to use our 3" shells, they can damn well file 50 mills off their guns
//If you like taking home such souvenirs home, please avoid Gettysburg, PA to Fredericksburg, VA
///this includes all of Maryland.  It also makes US park rangers rather snarky when they catch you doing same.
 
2018-07-11 05:02:11 PM  
CSB: I and the fam were doing a tour of WW1 battlefields in northern France and Belgium. We took a snack break at this strawberry farm and the guide showed us the table were the farmer kept his "iron harvest" for the season: gobs of leftover WW1 stuff, including ordnance. He said they leave it by the side of the road with their trash and recyclables for pickup. Then he tossed me a round lump and said "See? Here's a live grenade."

I managed not to shiat myself.

/there are still parts of France where you can't go due to the danger of UXB.
 
2018-07-11 05:03:10 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: winedrinkingman: But is it an American 75mm shell or a German 75mm shell, and yes, the Germans also used 75mm on many of their tanks.

What type of American used metric during the 1940s?  Wouldn't they call it a 2.95 caliber or something?  /If the Ruskies want to use our 3" shells, they can damn well file 50 mills off their guns
//If you like taking home such souvenirs home, please avoid Gettysburg, PA to Fredericksburg, VA
///this includes all of Maryland.  It also makes US park rangers rather snarky when they catch you doing same.


That would be the US Army and Navy. Most US artillery of WWII was named using metric (75mm, 76mm, 105mm, 155mm probably the most famous).

The Brits actually bored out some of their guns to use American metric stuff.
 
2018-07-11 05:07:38 PM  
They're fining her shouldn't they be giving her a reward?  She's a Good Samaritan imagine if a child to come across that she found it and brought it to a place where the correct officials could take care of it give her a medal
 
2018-07-11 05:24:09 PM  
I'm guessing if the shell went off in her sink while she was scrubbing it, the average IQ of the Earth's population would've gone up 0.000000000000000003%
 
Displayed 50 of 78 comments


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all


View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter





Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report