Friday, March 20, 2009

I'll have a pint of Fuller's and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch

Oh, wait.
Bomb disposal teams were called in and [Islington] buildings evacuated after workmen mistook a Monty Python film prop for a hand grenade.
The carnage was brutal:

Local businesses criticised the police for taking so long to realise there was no threat.

Alberto Romanelli, owner of the Windmill put that was evacuated, said: "I lost a good hour's worth of business."

Well, glad that's all cleared up. No telling what might have happened if it had been real. Maybe this:
Thousands of people have been evacuated from a town in southern Italy after a massive unexploded British bomb was unearthed at a construction site.
Presonally, I blame George W. Bush lax US gun control laws that let illegal Mexican gang members buy hand grenades. Or something. I read it in a newspaper, I think.

Oh, and it turns out that it's really, really easy to make your own Mexican hand grenade.

How to Make the Hand Grenade Mixed Drink -- powered by


none said...

How can anyone be so frigging clueless?

It's mind boggling.

Home on the Range said...

I was flying into Orange County back in the late 80's/early 90's when they were doing a lot of construction and on the ATIS (transcribed weather and airport info) was the notice to airman that the airport was CLOSED due to an "unexploded WWII bomb found during taxiway construction". We ended up diverting and never did hear the rest of THAT story.

Borepatch said...

Brigid, that's a great story.

Yesterday on the train back from NYC, we stopped in the middle of Connecticut for 35 minutes. Seems someone had escaped from the police, and was hiding near the tracks. So the police closed the tracks until the perp was back in custody.

We were all telling each other that "airplanes wouldn't have this delay." True, but there's always another side to the story.