The earliest known hand grenades date back to the Easter Roman, or Byzantine, Empire in the 8th century when Byzantine soldiers would throw glass or ceramic jars full of Greek fire. By the 11th century, Chinese soldiers began using gunpowder in ceramic or metal vessels and the first prototype for the modern grenade wa born. They soon became a staple of warfare, but almost disappeared completely around the turn of the 20th century.
In 1902 the British War Office determined hand grenades as an obsolete weapon that was not effective enough to justify the danger posed to the grenadier. Barely two years later the advent of trench warfare in the Russo-Japanese War led to incredible improvements in grenade design.
The first modern frag grenade was born near just in time for service throughout WWI. The “Mills bomb” became available to British forces in 1915 and was considered the world’s first “safe grenade.” The Mills grenade was soon followed by the “stick grenade” in Germany. Both weapons saw extensive use throughout the first half of the 20th Century.
Since then grenade technology has advanced offering an increased variety including concussion, stun, fragmentation, chemical, smoke, and anti-tank. The fuse type also varies with the use of the grenade. Impact, timed fuse, and pull fuses are the most common.
Take a look inside the traditional fragmentation grenade with a timed fuse in the video below.
A store that sells husbands has just opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates.
“You may visit the store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends the flights.
There is, however, a catch: You may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!”
So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband, and she looks at the signs as she goes up the floors.
On the first floor the sign on the door reads: “Floor 1 – These men have jobs.”
The second floor sign reads: “Floor 2 – These men have jobs and love kids.”
The third floor sign reads: “Floor 3 – These men have jobs, love kids, and are extremely good looking.”
“Wow,” she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.
She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads: “Floor 4 – These men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead good looking and help with the housework.”
“Oh, mercy me!” she exclaims, “I can hardly stand it!”
Still, she goes to the fifth floor, where the sign reads: “Floor 5 – These men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak.”
She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor anyway. There, the sign reads:
“Floor 6 – You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.”
Everyone knows that all boats are built on land first and the resulting launch that occurs when they’re finished is something to celebrate! Just check out how this ship’s launch gathers a massive crowd who are all obviously aware of just how much water will get kicked up!
Clearly they’ve done this before.
It almost looks like the ship is about to tip over but it rights itself at just the right moment.
Also, compliments to the drone operator because this is some wonderful footage.
There are some things you should never do at a car wash, and opening your car door is one of them.
Car washes are supposed to be fun to go through and save you the trouble of getting down and dirty to wash your car. However, around the one-minute mark, an idiot driver opens his door to grab a flyer from his windshield. The door gets crushed and water flows into the inside of the vehicle.
Even though the video is from May 2010, it will NEVER get old.
Why the driver would ever try and open his door completely blows our mind.
A ‘reckless’ biker who did wheelies and sped along a busy road at up to 175mph has been jailed over a crash that left a 16-year-old girl with life-changing injuries.
Adam Wilde, 29, was part of a group of seven motorcyclists going from Southampton, Hampshire, to Weymouth in Dorset in May last year when he caused a collision that injured himself and three others.
Daniel Lincoln, 21, and Nima Biniaz, 19, were also charged with dangerous driving after being caught in footage that was captured on a camera carried by the group.
Lincoln’s footage shows Wilde and Biniaz slowing down before accelerating off at speed.
They can be seen performing wheelies with oncoming traffic nearby and overtaking on a solid white line. At one point the pair narrowly misses colliding with each other.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard the group made two stops in the run-up to the crash where their conversations were captured on camera.
Wilde, who had Georgina Saville, the 16-year-old girlfriend of one the group, riding pillion on his Suzuki 1300cc, can be heard boasting about his speed saying ‘175 in fifth gear and still more to go’.
Miss Saville can be heard telling the others ‘don’t encourage him, I’ll die’.
Lincoln’s speedometer showed his bike travelling at up to 95mph – but he was often left trailing behind the more powerful bikes meaning he did not capture the crash on the GoPro-style device.
The victims have little or no memory of the crash but an accident investigator who examined the scene on the A35 dual carriageway near Dorchester said Wilde’s Suzuki had attempted to overtake and run into the rear offside of Kieron Kimber’s 125cc Aprilia.
Mr Kimber, 24, came off his bike and Jonathan Attree, travelling behind, ran him over before coming off his bike.
Mr Attree suffered a broken hand but Mr Kimber, 24, had a severely broken lower right leg, which is still in a metal cage a year after the crash.
He also suffered a broken arm, torn liver and kidney, broken finger and partially-severed big toe.
He initially spent seven weeks in hospital and has had 12 operations since the crash last May.
The Suzuki carried on, locked together with Mr Kimber’s bike, before Wilde and Miss Saville fell off.
The 16-year-old girl then slid along the road for 57 yards at an estimated speed of 61mph, according to investigators.
She was rushed to hospital by air ambulance and suffered two bleeds on the brain, severe damage to both of her arms, which required major skin graft surgery, and a large open wound to her abdomen.
Her right arm was almost amputated at the scene and she had to have a metal plate fitted to replace her elbow. She spent two weeks in a coma and has so far undergone at least 30 operations.
Miss Saville said: ‘From the day I woke up from the coma I couldn’t understand what was happening.
‘Nothing will ever make what happened okay, he was playing with my life in his hands.
‘I have lost the ability to write and cannot continue my passion for drawing.
‘All for one man to be reckless on the road and show off.
‘Justice will never be done, he took away my A-levels, my job, my elbow, my life.’
The court heard Wilde must have been travelling at a minimum average speed of 82mph while Mr Kimber was averaging 52mph at the time of the crash.
The Suzuki kept going for another 354 yards under its own steam after Wilde had fallen off.
Wilde was also injured, suffering a fractured shoulder blade, dislocated thumb and fractured toe. He said he had no memory of the crash.
Judge Brian Forster said: ‘The bottom line is all of this was totally unnecessary.
‘This case involved dangerous driving that put members of the community at serious risk of injury and even being killed.
‘The victims of your driving have suffered appalling injuries. The effects of the accident have marked their lives and each face ongoing medical treatment in the future.
‘No sentence I can impose will satisfy those that have been badly injured.
‘This case should stand as a real warning to anyone who drives a motorcycle or car attempting to break the law by the way we have heard.’
Jackson spent three seasons in Baltimore after moving with the franchise from Cleveland. He still holds the Ravens’ single-season record for receiving yards, which he set in 1996.
Former Ravens wide receiver Michael Jackson tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident Friday morning in his hometown of Tangipahoa, La. He was just 48 years old.
Jackson played eight seasons in the NFL, and his final three were spent with the Ravens. He moved with the franchise from Cleveland in 1996.
“Today, our hearts are saddened by the awful news involving Michael,” Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said.
“He was a vibrant person who became one of the first Ravens heroes and a popular player among Baltimore fans. Well known for his big smile and welcoming nature, it was easy to feel a special connection with Michael.”
Jackson still holds the Ravens’ record for most receiving yards in a single season. He posted 1,201 yards on 76 catches in 1996 – the franchise’s first year in Baltimore.
Jackson’s 14 touchdowns were tied for the league lead that season. He finished sixth in yardage. Jackson had an equal or better season than some NFL greats such as Jerry Rice, Cris Carter, Isaac Bruce, Herman Moore and Irving Fryar.
Jackson, fellow wide receiver Derrick Alexander and quarterback Vinny Testaverde combined to give the Ravens one of the league’s best passing duos in 1996. Jackson and Alexander both topped 1,000 yards, an accomplishment no Ravens wide receivers have accomplished since.
Injuries ended Jackson’s playing days with 353 catches, 5,393 yards and 46 touchdowns. It was a stellar career for a sixth-round pick (1991) out of Southern Mississippi.
“One of my most rewarding achievements after retiring as a player was watching Michael Jackson develop as a wide receiver,” said Newsome, who also moved with Jackson from Cleveland to Baltimore.
Newsome recalled that while with the Browns’ scouting department, his first opportunity to work out receivers was with a group including Jackson. There were about six players and Jackson stood out because of his speed and range.
Jackson went on to have a successful post-NFL career. He turned to politics and became the mayor of Tangipahoa in 2009. He served in that role until 2013.
But just like his NFL career, Jackson’s life was cut far too short.
“Michael was also a community leader who inspired many people, not only during his time in the NFL, but afterwards when he became the mayor of his hometown in Louisiana,” Newsome said.
“As we remember Michael fondly, we extend our condolences to everyone who knew him and those families affected by this tragedy.”
A Chicago thug thought that he was a tough guy at a gas station last month when he approached the vehicle of a random motorist, but surveillance video shows he soon learned that he messed with the wrong white guy…and he sorely regretted it.
The incident occurred on April 8, however, police have now released the video taken at a BP gas station in Elmwood Park, where 43-year-old Ronald Morales approached the vehicle of an unidentified man while holding a gun after the pair made eye contact. Morales wasn’t provoked, but he apparently wanted to make a point to the white man driving the car, and the mistake proved to be a fatal one.
The Daily Mail has video of the shocking moment the pair got into a gunfight in broad daylight:
From the Daily Mail:
Police say on April 8, at 4:52pm, Morales made eye contact with a man who was pumping gas into his vehicle.
Morales exited the convenience store at the BP gas station on Grand Avenue in Elmwood Park.
He walked over to the car and pulled out his gun.
By then, the man who had been pumping gas was back in his vehicle.
Morales opened the passenger door of the car and then closed it before speaking to the man inside through the window.
The man felt he was in danger, according to police, and exited his vehicle armed with his own gun – and the two exchanged gunfire.
After about five seconds, Morales ran away, but not before he was hit with bullets, and the other man sped off.
Unfortunately for Morales, he died a short time later from his injuries. As for the driver, police said that since he was legally carrying a firearm (a rarity in Chicago) and was forced to defend himself, he won’t be charged with anything whatsoever.
So for a change, the good guy is getting a happy ending to his story; an event even rarer in Chicago than someone legally carrying a gun.
A Minnesota man is accused of driving off and leaving his mortally injured girlfriend on the side of the road after she fell from his motorcycle.
Myles W. Eckman, 24, of St. Paul, was charged in Washington County District Court with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, alleging negligent driving while under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident.
According to the criminal complaint, troopers from the Minnesota State Patrol received a report in the early hours of Nov. 18 about a fatal accident on Interstate 35 in Forest Lake, 25 miles north of St. Paul.
Troopers responding to the call at 4:43 a.m. found a woman, Ena M. Bhatia, 21, of St. Paul, lying dead on the right shoulder of the highway. Bhatia had head trauma, and “there was blood on the right lane of traffic away from where her body was found,” the complaint states. A black leather jacket with road abrasions on the sleeves was found about 50 yards north of the victim.
No motorcycle or other vehicle was found nearby.
A witness who had driven by the scene reported having seen a motorcycle on the side of the highway and “a person standing next to a brown object (the victim) on the side of the road,” the complaint states. “The witness believed the object to be a deer.”
Traffic cameras on Interstate 35 showed a passenger falling off the back of a motorcycle at 4:38 a.m. Three minutes later, the rider can be seen circling back to the scene and “then leaving a short time later, exiting I-35 at (Highway) 2 in Forest Lake,” the complaint states.
Later that morning, Eckman’s father contacted the highway patrol, saying he had heard about the fatal crash and was worried. He said his son and Bhatia had left his house that morning on his motorcycle going north toward Forest Lake.
Other friends of Eckman and Bhatia also called authorities to say the couple could have been involved in the fatal crash, the complaint states.
Just before 10 a.m., the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office received a report of someone attempting to push a motorcycle into a pond in Columbus, just east of Forest Lake. Eckman was found inside a nearby barn. While being taken into custody, he “asked if his girlfriend was OK,” the complaint states.
Eckman told officers he had been drinking the previous night at a bar in St. Paul and had a “double shot of tequila before he left the bar at 1:30 a.m.,” the complaint states.
According to the complaint, officers could “smell an odor of alcohol on him, his speech was slurred, his pupils were constricted, he had a burnt lip, his tongue had heat bumps and he had cottonmouth.”
Officers obtained a warrant to test Eckman’s blood. The draw tested positive for a number of drugs, including THC — an active ingredient in marijuana — and methamphetamine, the complaint states.
Eckman made his first appearance in court on May 1. His next hearing will be May 22. If convicted, Eckman could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and $20,000 fine on each count.