Exploding Artichokes

A woman in Milan, Italy was cutting into an artichoke, when it exploded. The explosion doesn't seem to have injured her, but it left the artichoke "damaged and burnt."

Police have ruled out any kind of artichoke-themed terrorism, theorizing instead that fertilizers on the vegetable may have caused an explosive chemical reaction.

Strangely, this is just the latest in a series of exploding artichokes that have gone off in Italy. Previous incidents occurred in 2003 and 2008. [theregister.co.uk]
     Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 07, 2014
     Category: Food | Vegetables

We WUvians need to request a €50,000,000 grant from the EU to study these cases to ensure the public that there really is no eminent danger and that this really isn't some God born wrath being visited upon them for their socialist ways.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/07/14 at 09:51 AM
Artichoke grenades! Look out for the revenge of the green vegetables!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/07/14 at 10:43 AM
Expat: This is the EU, not the USA. You don't get grants here for spurious terrorism charges or ignorant accusations of commie-hugging; you'll need to go home for that.
Posted by Richard Bos on 01/07/14 at 11:51 AM
He is home Richard, depending on your age, he may have lived over there longer than you. 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/07/14 at 12:02 PM
@Richard: Wanna bet? You need to come down here and learn the high-art of bilking money out of the EU. Y'all are way, way too civilized up there but we thank you for your support. 😜
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/07/14 at 12:16 PM
Sadly, the idea of growing your own grenades has one insurmountable hurdle -- when crossing borders, customs can't recognize many explosives but go ape over vegetables (see recent case of flutes destroyed because they're vegetable matter).

Many years ago, I was stopped when entering California and had to declare I didn't have any fruits or vegetables (there was some paranoia about fruit flies or something). Fortunately, the only edibles I had were a couple bags of chips and some Pepsi. (I had an AK-47 and SVD in the trunk (I was taking them to my brother-in-law who'd inherited them from my uncle), but the fruitcops didn't care about those.)
Posted by Phideaux on 01/07/14 at 02:09 PM
Come on over and join me and Patty at the range Phideaux. She's a really good shot even on full auto.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 01/07/14 at 04:40 PM
A while back I learned why you shouldn't microwave hard boiled eggs. Had one explode in my face when I bit into it a full minute after coming out of the microwave. Got steam burns on my lips and nose, and the bang was enough to bring my roommate out of his room.
Posted by Miles on 01/08/14 at 01:40 PM
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