Not just in Florida...
...but with an annoying frequency, WW1/WW2 souvenir hunters bringing old ordnance into the Paris Eurostar terminal and consequently shutting everything down for a few hours when they go through security.
Oh, Florida man. Will your hijinks ever cease? Not satisfied with discovering the largest prime number last year, the news world's favourite hapless superhero took down an Ocala Taco Bell branch on Saturday with a bomb scare of sorts. Though one could argue any trip to Taco Bell ends with a few explosions, CNN reported that …
When I were a lad there was a school trip to the Somme - I'd recommend you go there - and I and my mates thought nothing of stuffing our pockets with the empty cases and occasional complete round that was ploughed up by the farmers. They came home on the ferry in a rolled up pair of socks, then lived in the tin at the back of a drawer containing my knives, lighters and other forbidden items. Goodness knows what happened to them!
Survivors are eligible for a Darwin Award, as long as they render themselves incapable of reproducing.
I guess the logical extension is that anyone who has already procreated is ineligible for an award, unless their stupidity results in an event that also kills their offspring, such as 'repairing' their own gas boiler or fitting new 'brakes' to their family car when they are not competent to do so. See Dunning Kruger for why incompetent people overestimate their own competency, a verified and repeated confirmation of Russell's observation that the 'ignorant are cocksure'
"The living Darwin Award is for those who eliminate themselves from the gene pool and survive to tell the tale."
An example being a guy who sliced his scrotum open and decided to deal with it by stapling the wound together. By the time he got to A&E, it was well too late for the family jewels.
Andre Geim won an Ignobel Award for levitating a frog with magnets - no reason it wouldn't work on a fish except it would require removing the fish from water. He would later go on to win a Nobel prize in Physics for faffing around with sellotape and extracting quantities if of graphene suitable for testing.
"I remember having a toy magnetic fishing set as a child"
This one is pretty close to the one I had in the mid to late 60's. In mine, the fish had numbers on for scoring and each player had a card with fish silhouettes to place that catches on so you could score for a winner when the card was full. If you caught a fish and didn't have a matching silhouette or had already filled any matching ones, you had to throw it back.
I made something similar for the grandkids when they about 5-6 yo and they absolutely loved it. No lights, no motors, no electronics, just good simple fun.
If that grenade is a US Mk.2, then it did not contain gunpowder. From Wikipedia:
The original Mk 2 grenade had a 3⁄8-inch (9.5 mm) threaded plug in its base, which covered the opening used to place the explosive filling, either 1.85 oz (52 g) of TNT, 2.33 oz (66 g) of Trojan explosive (a mixture of 40% nitrostarch, ammonium nitrate, and sodium nitrate), 1.85 oz (52 g) of a 50/50 amatol/nitrostarch mixture, or 1.85 oz (52 g) of Grenite (a mixture of 95% nitrostarch and binders). Some early Mk 2 grenades were filled with 0.74 oz (21 g) of smokeless EC powder.
My friends & I would go out to a river near my home, each of us take a different section of shore to make sure our casts didn't interfere with each other, & "fish" the river with a large RareEarthMagnet instead of a traditional hook. We'd end up pulling up all sorts of stuff like hooks, lures, & other assorted fishing bits, but occasionally we'd come up with something interesting like a ring, a set of keys, or a bit of waterlogged electronics. The hooks would get thrown away, the lures would get sold back to a fishing store, & all the rest of the stuff we'd keep to show around school.
One time we ended up "hooking" something far too large for any one of us to pull out, we all cast to the same place to work together (to no avail), so we marked the spot on the shore & went to inform the park rangers. It turned out we'd found someones car. The divers were most impressed & amused: impressed that "you caught a car!" & amused because "Does it meet the minimum catch size or will you have to throw it back?"
Magnet fishing can be fun when you're a kid & bored. =-)
In his defense I think it's unlikely that a WW2 era grenade found underwater could explode. I suppose it's possible that it hasn't been underwater this whole time, but even so I'd expect the gunpowder in the thing to be thoroughly soaked and the igniter mechanism to be long since rusted into uselessness.
Then again, I'd not have taken chances on it by throwing it in my car just in case.
I wouldn't bet on it. I lived in a small NJ city that had a post WW II Korean ammo barge loading spot. After a bit, the workers got too cavalier about how they handled said items. After the following blast items were found scattered all over the place. Land mines, grenades, and the occasional artillery shell were found for years. I was in grade school in the 50's and we had annual lectures from the EOD people about what to look for and what to do (I.E. RUN AWAY FAST).
An artillery shell was found in, of all places, the public library and was a Korean War type. Result: building and 2 next door evacuated, EOD visit, firemen and first aiders on standby and general hoo-hah. The grenade the kids found, if correctly made, could have gone off. If a frag grenade it would be very nasty if you were close. Lucky kids
That's the city seal. Those are the Seminole indians, who are rather respected around there.
Source: I grew up in Ocala.
And it's a practice of the US government to put stupid religious sayings on things, like the "in god we trust" crap on the coinage.
> feather not red dot
Nice. Now who's the racist one?
Presumably the 'original inhabitants' are now in Punta Arenas
The ones living in N America are the ones who killed/replaced/drove out the earlier ones who then moved further south and were then replaced by the next lot to cross from Asia
The the ones on top of the pile when the europeans arrived are the penultimate nations
Ocala is a really remote rural area even today, so in WW-II it was a prime training area. The Pinecastle range nearby is still active. There's been problems with new subdivisions where they've found munition dumping grounds and have had to spend a lot of money cleaning up.
Finally, a use for all the monster magnets I keep salvaging from defunct HDDs, magnetrons etc.
(NOTE: Bad idea, magnetrons contain Be and the capacitors can KILL YOU!!)
On the flip side, to get metallic debris off a Nd magnet use vinegar and 30 vol H2O2.
Old school but works well!
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