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(news&observer)   Routine museum inventory turns up live grenade. Hilarity ensues.   ( newsobserver.com) divider line
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2002-04-04 12:19:07 PM  
Fire in the hole!
2002-04-04 12:19:12 PM  
What is shown in a Routine Museum?
2002-04-04 12:19:31 PM  
At least it wasn't a box of chinese food.
2002-04-04 12:20:32 PM  
2002-04-04 12:21:19 PM  
I thought live meant the pin had been pulled.

John Laroquette in Stripes comes to mind as funny grenade humor.
Stewie in Family Guy did something grenade related as well didn't he?
2002-04-04 12:21:37 PM  
Where is the hilarity? I want more hilarity!
2002-04-04 12:22:21 PM  
Hilarity Clinton.
2002-04-04 12:22:42 PM  
2002-04-04 12:22:50 PM  
2002-04-04 12:23:33 PM  
I like the part about 'Members of Greensboro's police bomb squad collected the grenade and detonated it. No one was hurt.' Imagine the fun of taking a break from your mundane daily police force tasks to detonate a live grenade. Lucky cops...
2002-04-04 12:23:34 PM  
Is this note a repost, or was the last one about gun powder?
2002-04-04 12:24:52 PM  
"Hey, look at that funny lookin' frisby I found in Grampa's old war collection! Let's go play with it outside!"
2002-04-04 12:25:59 PM  
Grenade Smemade. I'm more terrified of those cursed mummies just laying around the museum. Who knows when some idiot will remove the necklace of protection from the mummy.
2002-04-04 12:26:33 PM  
I'd like to detonate some gernades for a job. I think I'll start now...
2002-04-04 12:28:05 PM  
What kind of museum is this? French Impressionists, first floor. New Realists, second floor. Live Ordinance, third floor.

Maybe it was performance art...
2002-04-04 12:31:39 PM  
The last one was about gunpowder in England.

This is a bad thing because as gunpowder gets older it sweats nitroglycerin, which can detonate just by looking at it cross-eyed. Modern grenades use different stuff that doesn't do this.
2002-04-04 12:38:07 PM  
Previous hand grenades were made with a picric acid compound which can get unstable, gun powder does not sweat nitro, that would be dynomite. Which is diadomite or sawdust mixed with nitro.

I wonder if they still teach students how to make trinitroiodine in chemistry class?
2002-04-04 01:00:39 PM  
I prefer more hilarity with my ensuing hilarity.
2002-04-04 01:37:01 PM  
Routine museum inventory turns up live grenade. France surrenders.
2002-04-04 02:14:56 PM  
My error. I had the right thought in my head but crossed it up with the previous sentence the gunpowder. I'm surprise I didn't say something like the British Museum found Guy Fawkes 400 YO C4....
2002-04-04 03:26:04 PM  
WOOHOO! My hometown makes it on FARK!
2002-04-04 03:29:14 PM  
Whats even worse is our bomb squad had to go to a guys house last week cause he had a can of remote control car fuel in his garage for 15 years and the methane had seeped out. For you chemistry nuts that leaves only nitro-glycerine in the can.
2002-04-04 05:20:20 PM  
This was funny a day ago when I submitted it...ahh the humanity
2002-04-04 06:22:15 PM  
2002-04-04 06:36:19 PM  
When I was in high school this real idiot (seriously, you those people who are just destined to joing militias? this was him)in my Russian class brought a live grenade to class. tHe teacher left for a bit, and he gets it out of his backpack and starts trying to impress us all with it. we kept yelling at him to put it away, but he kept insisting it was safe. So safe, in fact, that he held down the handle and pulled out the pin, then put the pin back in. Scariest moment of my life. Then we all started yelling in earnest and he put it away. Teacher came back. We never reported him, though in retrospect maybe we should have.
2002-04-04 07:24:14 PM  
Mona Lisa...


Michaelangelo's David...


Live grenade...


Whistler's mother...


Live grenade?!
2002-04-04 09:16:22 PM  
Could have been worse. Could have been boxes and belts worth of live ammo and explosives as well as structurally sound firearms, which, in 2032, would be raided by a psycho bent on taking over the city. What, don't ALL museums carry live ammo for just such a plot complication?
2002-04-05 12:55:31 AM  
What a terrible article. The whole thing is kind of a "Masters of the Obvious" theme to it.

The World War II-era grenade may have been in the collection for more than ten years without anyone knowing.

Or maybe even for fifty-five years. It was WWII-era, you know.

Museum officials said they don't know how the grenade wound up in the collections.

Um, I'm just hazarding a guess, but I think someone gave it to the museum. Probably in a big box of stuff.

She said she believed it might have been explosive because it felt heavy when she picked it up.

The weight of a pineapple-style grenade has far more to do with the cast-iron casing than the few ounces of gunpowder and primer. But then again, most people don't know a damned thing about guns, much less grenades. Which explains most gun laws.

Yet it isn't unusual for war souvenirs to turn up in museums, he said.

I'm going way out on a limb to say that museums are one of the best places to find war souvenirs. It's probably not unusual to find vegetables in a greengrocer, either.
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