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Anti-Aircraft Dumpling Cannon

February 1967: Munich resident Helmut G. Winter was sick and tired of the noise of military aircraft flying low over his house. So he built a catapult and started launching Bavarian potato dumplings at the planes.

In one week he launched 120 dumplings. He never managed to score a direct hit. But eventually both the West German Luftwaffe and American pilots conceded defeat and agreed to a flight path that avoided his house.

Reportedly, he gave the Americans a model of his dumpling cannon as a gesture of thanks, inscribed "As a souvenir and a warning — Helmut G. Winter, The Bavarian Dumpling Shot." I bet this model has now been lost or thrown away, instead of being in a museum where it belongs.

Cincinnati Enquirer - Feb 20, 1967

Newsweek - Mar 13, 1967

Newsweek - Mar 13, 1967

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Mar 1, 1967

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 30, 2016 | Comments (7)
Category: Military, 1960's, Weapons

Paring knives are not arms

After Wayne Anthony Evans was pulled over for speeding by a Seattle police officer, a paring knife was found in his pocket, and he was arrested for possession of a fixed-blade knife. In his defense, Evans argued that the Seattle municipal code banning fixed-blade knifes violated his constitutional right to bear arms.

Not so, the Washington Supreme Court recently decided. It didn't consider the constitutionality of the municipal code itself, but (looking narrowly at the facts of this specific case) decided that there was no historical evidence that paring knives are "arms." Therefore, they can be banned.

we hold that not all knives are constitutionally protected arms and that Evans does not demonstrate that his paring knife is an "arm" as defined under our state or federal constitution.

If Evans had been carrying a bayonet, perhaps the outcome of the case would have been different.

via Wash Post
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 04, 2016 | Comments (5)
Category: Law, Weapons

Battle Bike


Original pic here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 23, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Destruction, Surrealism, Transportation, 1940's, Weapons

Atom Bomb Toys

Italian toy maker Brumm normally makes miniature models of fancy sports cars (Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, etc.). But in 2006, the company decided to release models of the "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They sold, at the time, for around $10 — but now go for around $36, if you can find any in stock.

When the company debuted them at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, the bomb models generated a lot of controversy. The media described them as "Atomic bombs for the children's bedroom," and critics said they were in poor taste.

The company defended itself, insisting that its intent was to "provide a small historical contribution so as not to forget what generated the worst catastrophe of the twentieth century” and that the bomb models were actually a protest "against the insanity of nuclear war."

Of course, these weren't the first atomic-weapon toys ever produced. See this earlier post: Make nuclear war in your own home.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Dec 09, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, Weapons

Frozen Turkeys As Deadly Weapons

According to my research, the first case of assault with a frozen turkey occurred in the 1940s. But by the end of the 20th Century, the use of frozen turkeys as deadly weapons had become fairly common. More details over at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 17, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Crime, Alex, Weapons


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, War, Weapons, 1950's, North America

Pin-Up Girl Pistol Lighter


This product really has everything: women, guns and smoking.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Tobacco and Smoking, Sex Symbols, 1950's, Weapons

How to prevent nuclear war

Roger Fisher on how to prevent nuclear war. From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Mar 1981.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jul 09, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: War, Weapons, 1980's

Russian Navy Seals

They're armed with guns. Apparently this was part of a performance for Russia's recent Victory Day celebrations. More info here.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon May 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Weapons

Exacto, Its Not Just A Knife Anymore

The Exacto bullet tracks moving targets. The military has been testing it since February.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue May 05, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Design and Designers, Destruction, Armed Forces, Weapons
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