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Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch Provokes Bomb Scare

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the how-does-it-um-how-does-it-work dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 186

Bomb disposal teams were called in and a nearby pub evacuated after water company engineers mistook a Monty Python film prop for a hand grenade. After nearly an hour of examination by bomb experts, they counted to three. No more. No less. Three was the number they counted, and the number they counted was three. Four they did not count, nor two, except to proceed to three. Five was right out. Once the number three had been reached, being the third number, they declared that the grenade was actually a copy of the "Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" used in the film Monty Python And The Holy Grail. A police spokeswoman confirmed that the device was a toy and that it had been no danger to the public.

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186 comments

Whiny bastards (4, Insightful)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 5 years ago | (#27274991)

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."

What a bunch of whiny little bitches. I bet they'd have been whining pretty loudly if the cops were faster but didn't a thorough job of it.

Re:Whiny bastards (3, Insightful)

retchdog (1319261) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275045)

It's not whining, it's a statement of damages. The world would be a better place, if the aggregate of costs like this were counted in policing decisions.

Fat chance, though; here in the US, stomping black teens to death and shooting mothers; grandmothers; kids; and even the mayor's dogs, is just a day in the life of a SWAT Drug Warrior.

Re:Whiny bastards (5, Insightful)

Metasquares (555685) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275643)

When weighed against a possible loss of lives, the cost of an hour's business at a Windmill is insignificant.

Re:Whiny bastards (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27276535)

Just go home and put on your fucking safety helmet then. Leave the real world to us grown-ups.

Re:Whiny bastards (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27276577)

Precisely, I work in security and the deal is that you don't know until you've examined the device whether or not it's dangerous. In some cases the bomb squad can't even be sure. Which is how things like hot dogs end up being blown up by experts.

While it's unlikely that such a device would be dangerous the reality is that things as harmless looking as a box of chocolates or a book can be deadly ordinance if rigged up properly. Assuming in retrospect that it was a dumb thing to be concerned with is a bit over the top.

Re:Whiny bastards (3, Insightful)

Dr. Hellno (1159307) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276935)

things as harmless looking as a box of chocolates or a book can be deadly ordinance if rigged up properly.

That's exactly the point. Normal people can't actually tell a book or anything else from a bomb, so unless there's a credible threat (a phoned-in threat, or a tip with some real substance and technical detail to it) it really is a waste of time and resources to investigate every little suspicion. If this had been a bomb, it's unlikely that anyone would have suspected as much just by looking at it.

Re:Whiny bastards (4, Insightful)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276661)

When weighed against a possible loss of lives, the cost of an hour's business at a Windmill is insignificant.

This argument can be used to justify anything the police decide to do, even if as in this case, there was NO RISK AT ALL. As in the even sillier case of the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" hysteria in Boston. Even if the frontline staff know, or should have known, that there was no danger at all, the response by ass-covering bureaucrats is to declare a full terror alert.

And all the airline security measures, the idiotic restrictions on liquids because of a fantasy threat that could never have been carried out are the same. NO ONE IS SAFER because of this security theatre.

Re:Whiny bastards (3, Interesting)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276781)

the idiotic restrictions on liquids because of a fantasy threat that could never have been carried out

I think the airline restrictions are pretty stupid myself, but mainly for reasons you probably haven't thought of. However, having a military background, I can assure you that your belief that small volumes of fluids can't be used to cause catastrophic damage is sorely in need of a reality check.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276903)

I think the airline restrictions are pretty stupid myself, but mainly for reasons you probably haven't thought of. However, having a military background, I can assure you that your belief that small volumes of fluids can't be used to cause catastrophic damage is sorely in need of a reality check.

Suicide bombers on planes are very rare, and usually pretty dumb. None of those who've tried have had any chance of carrying it off. And if there were a competent suicide bomber, he'd have no trouble circumventing the current security.

I don't think they've ever caught a real bomber, just idiot wannabes like Richard Reid. (And in his honour, now they pay particular attention to combat boots, though he was actually wearing sports shoes.)

Re:Whiny bastards (4, Insightful)

gabebear (251933) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276977)

The point wasn't that small volumes of liquid aren't dangerous, but that banning them is idiotic. For one, there is no way to actually stop people from having liquids on a plane. Secondly, you can use anything to bring down a plane; the 911 highjackers used boxcutters.

To get back to retchdog's point; banning liquids has cost several hundreds of millions of dollars. What have we gotten for that money? Has banning liquids made it any harder for you to bring down a plane?

Re:Whiny bastards (3, Insightful)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 5 years ago | (#27277115)

Does the amount of human life saved by such security measures exceed the amount of human life lost due to extra security (in the form of waiting in line)?

Re:Whiny bastards (0, Troll)

PachmanP (881352) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276695)

Only if you some how ascribe a ridiculous value to human life. We're animals; there's 6 billion of us. Life is cheap, and beer isn't free.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

Mistshadow2k4 (748958) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276783)

Only if you some how ascribe a ridiculous value to human life. We're animals; there's 6 billion of us. Life is cheap, and beer isn't free.

That is a statement one would expect from a psychopath. If you really believe that -- not just trolling -- then you need to see a psychiatrist. Seriously. If you see human life as so valueless then you will eventually kill someone, if you haven't already.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

gabebear (251933) | more than 5 years ago | (#27277109)

Your wording is interesting... You talk like you have never tried to put a monetary value to human life.

If you actually think human-life is priceless then how do you live with yourself in this world? Globally, the value of a human-life seems to be largely a product of nationality and personal wealth.

Re: Psychopaths (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27277153)

Wow, if you think he's a psychopath, it's you who really needs to see a psychiatrist, since psychopathy is a brain disorder and psychiatry can't help them.

Seriously.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

wjsteele (255130) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276745)

[FIXED]the cost of an hour's business at a Windmill is insignificant... next to the power of the force!

I hate it when someone doesn't finish a good quote!!! :-)

Bill

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

rocker_wannabe (673157) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276917)

If it ISN'T your bar then, technically, it would probably be insignificant even if the prop blew the place to pieces, unless you were in the vicinity. When it IS your bar then it becomes significant.

Re:Whiny bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275851)

The world would be a better place, if the aggregate of costs like this were counted in policing decisions.

That's bullshit and you won't be saying that after you lose a wife/husband, sister/brother, daughter/son to a bomb that the police didn't defuse in time because they were concerned about the amount of money local business' would lose.

Re:Whiny bastards (4, Insightful)

spacefiddle (620205) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275077)

Hmmm. From TFA:

Water company engineers spotted the object when they lifted up a fire hydrant cover during work on a street in Shoreditch, east London.

If it's the mass-produced replica pictured - does the goddamn thing look like an explosive device? Do you think maybe the word GRENADE on it had almost everything to do with this?

"spotted a cheap piece of crap and kicked it away as they got to work" would have been the events of the day, had that placard not been on it, i betcha. So some genius thought a bright gold beanbag with a silver cross and a plastic gem on it was a bomb, because it said HOLY BOMB on it.

Add to that years of pandering to public idiocy and paranoia, and you wonder if a city couldn't be shut down overnight by putting little post-its with the word BOMB on it all over the place. "Well, we can't take the chance! We have to assume it is!"

Bah, i'm not explaining this as clearly as i'd like. And maybe TFA doesn't fully explain the context, i grant you. Bottom line, i believe the only reason this happened is this very un-bomb-like object had the word GRENADE on it. -shudder-

Re:Whiny bastards (5, Insightful)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275139)

Once the bomb squad's involved, they must treat it like it's a real explosive until they can determine otherwise. Were I a criminal with a grudge against cops, I would do something exactly like this in the hopes they dismissed it as a toy. Then, when they got close because it's just a toy, I'd blow it.

Can you imagine cops not taking it seriously, and having it hurt the public?

Talk about a lose lose situation.

Re:Whiny bastards (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275339)

If you're in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at the enemy, throw one of those small pumpkins. Maybe it'll make everyone think how stupid war is, and while they are thinking, you can throw a real grenade at them.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

Jurily (900488) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275507)

If you're in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at the enemy, throw one of those small pumpkins. Maybe it'll make everyone think how stupid war is, and while they are thinking, you can throw a real grenade at them.

If you're in a war, and you're close enough to throw a grenade at them, you're doing it wrong. In the Land Of The Free, you sit home and bitch about the government while watching the news.

Re:Whiny bastards (3, Funny)

Sperbels (1008585) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276143)

Woosh

Re:Whiny bastards (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27276581)

Quick, he's distracted by the joke, throw your grenade now!

Re:Whiny bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27276209)

Thanks, Jack Handey.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276805)

Hey, deep thoughts happen. Usually when you least expect. Just think about that...

Re:Whiny bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275447)

If *I* were a criminal with a grudge against cops, I wouldn't use a plastic replica of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. I'd use an everyday item that nobody would expect to be dangerous at all (say, a book) and that cannot be viewed with suspicion in general simply because it's too common.

What you're advocating is panicking at the sight of just about anything out of the ordinary, and CYA security.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

Kral_Blbec (1201285) | more than 5 years ago | (#27277117)

No, he is advocating panicking at the sight of everything, ordinary and ordinary.

Re:Whiny bastards (2, Insightful)

speedtux (1307149) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275779)

I'm sorry, but the thought of a terrorist hiding a real bomb in a replica of the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch is just totally bizarre.

I mean, as this story shows, you shouldn't pick something that causes head scratching, but instead pick something that even the most uneducated would consider harmless: a dead gerbil, a water soaked book, a breadbox, whatever.

Re:Whiny bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27276097)

Once the bomb squad's involved, they must treat it like it's a real explosive until they can determine otherwise. Were I a criminal with a grudge against cops, I would do something exactly like this in the hopes they dismissed it as a toy. Then, when they got close because it's just a toy, I'd blow it.

Can you imagine cops not taking it seriously, and having it hurt the public?

Talk about a lose lose situation.

Let's generously assume that 1 in 1000 devices that are not obviously bombs from a visual inspection, but have been reported as bombs, are actually bombs, disguised as everyday objects.

Now, honestly, which is worse: treating 999 of these objects as non-bombs, and going about our lives like normal people, or getting 1 wrong?

I honestly think the answer is not cut and dried. The cost of 999 false alarms is not negligible. It breeds unwarranted fear.

Re:Whiny bastards (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275175)

So some genius thought a bright gold beanbag with a silver cross and a plastic gem on it was a bomb, because it said HOLY BOMB on it.

"Genius" must've been undead. Not like anyone else is going to be overly concerned about holy damage.

Re:Whiny bastards (0)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275613)

If he were a WoW player, he would be. There's no holy resistance.

Re:Whiny bastards (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275183)

If I were a terrorist, which I assure you I'm not, then I would disguise my weapons as toy weapons. And I would put blinking LEDs on it, and perhaps make the toy-bomb-like objects tick. Of course, if I were a terrorist, I would assure you that, even though I have thought about ways to hide weapons, I am in fact not a terrorist. Wait, there's someone at the door...

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

narcberry (1328009) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275973)

If I were a terrorist waiting for orders, which I assure you I'm not, I would disguise my weapons as instructed. Muhammad Al'Hasini and I agree the LEDs are a good idea and will get to work, if we were terrorists, which we assure you we are not.

Re:Whiny bastards (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27276359)

Don't forget to also paint the ends of the barrels on your weapons with orange paint. The momentary hesitation this may cause could save your life.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276621)

LEDs are NEVER a "good idea"...

IN BOSTON! [wikipedia.org]

Re:Whiny bastards (2, Insightful)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275251)

Do you ever suspect that stories like this are out there - this, the whole adult swim guerrilla marketing fiasco, and so on- to get us to stop pandering to public idiocy and paranoia then when nobody is paranoid anymore they come for us?
Also, I need a new tinfoil hat, this one has lost its pizazz.

Re:Whiny bastards (4, Interesting)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275277)

Add to that years of pandering to public idiocy and paranoia, and you wonder if a city couldn't be shut down overnight by putting little post-its with the word BOMB on it all over the place. "Well, we can't take the chance! We have to assume it is!"

Like this guy with a picture of a gun on his shirt [bbc.co.uk] .

Re:Whiny bastards (3, Insightful)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275527)

A BAA spokesman said there was no record of the incident and no "formal complaint" had been made.

"If a T-shirt had a rude word or a bomb on it, for example, a passenger may be asked to remove it," he said.

"We are investigating what happened to see if it came under this category.

"If it's offensive, we don't want other passengers upset."

So, if it had been a realistic picture of a Beretta, or a rapper or a cowboy holding a pistol, everyone would have nodded at their "wise decision" and the incident wouldn't have even warranted an article? If it's a cartoon robot holding the gun, then it's a gray area and they need to think about it?

Where are the adults in Britain and what are they doing?

Re:Whiny bastards (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275813)

As a guess, I'd say probably hiding from all the cameras.

Re:Whiny bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27277095)

And since he changed his shirt, he's no longer a potential terrorist and is allowed on the plane...

Re:Whiny bastards (4, Insightful)

guruevi (827432) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275279)

Maybe somebody wanted to go home early?

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

The Mighty Buzzard (878441) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275481)

Maybe it's different in Great Britain. Over here in the States though either it's an emergency and they're busting much ass or the rest of the utility crew are standing around watching one guy work. I'm pretty sure passing up a perfectly good chance to dick off is against union rules.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

Zero_DgZ (1047348) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276021)

The implication of this is that some mad bomber could make a real bomb and just put some damn fool marking on it, causing people to cheerfully ignore it because it doesn't look like something they saw on TV or in a cartoon. Leave out the blinky lights and stenciled "explosive" markings (not to mention pins and sparkly fuses) but instead put it in a box labeled "water pump equipment" or "1 doz. Acme paving stones." Hell, if you put the thing in a burlap sack with a dollar sign on it some moron would probably try to steal it and bring it home.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

Chris Hiner (4273) | more than 5 years ago | (#27277089)

So if I make a bomb, and put "This is not a bomb" on it, then no-one will think it's a bomb?

Re:Whiny bastards (3, Funny)

Adrian Lopez (2615) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275297)

"I bet they'd have been whining pretty loudly if the cops were faster but didn't a thorough job of it."

I can imagine. Just think of all the lives they'd have put at risk by not taking every precaution necessary in disabling a toy grenade.

Re:Whiny bastards (1)

mikael (484) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276327)


Robin: Holy bat boxes Batman, I think the Joker has placed bombs in the bat box.

Batman: Your right, we can't take the chance, we must inform the mayor and the bomb squad immediately.

Bat defences pierced by bomb panic [theregister.co.uk]

I suppose they found it (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275017)

next to the den of a rabbit with big scary teeth?

Re:I suppose they found it (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275081)

next to the den of a rabbit with big scary teeth?

That's nasty, sharp, pointy teeth, you insensitive clod!

To "Anonymous Coward" (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275453)

I stand corrected. "...nasty, sharp, pointy teeth." it is.

Re:I suppose they found it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275375)

It can leap about... *pauses for a sec*
LOOK AT THE BONES!

Re:I suppose they found it (1)

QRDeNameland (873957) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275389)

The ultimate comeuppence would have been if, after disposing of the dangerous prop, they *were* attacked by a killer bunny.

Re:I suppose they found it (1)

narcberry (1328009) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276037)

Most of us could enjoy Monty Python if they weren't so over(mis)quoted.

Sure they're funny, but you and you and you and you and you aren't.

Re:I suppose they found it (1)

PachmanP (881352) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276721)

I considered using my troll moderation for your comment, but realized it's more of a (-1 Sacrilege) comment.

Run Away!! (5, Funny)

Elitist_Phoenix (808424) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275027)

Run away!!

Wikipedia (0)

thewils (463314) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275049)

I can't believe that Wikipedia already has the blurb about the bomb scare in London. Do they have _nothing_ else to do?

Re:Wikipedia (4, Insightful)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275073)

Some people post on slashdot, some people write on wikipedia. ;)

Re:Wikipedia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27276287)

Some people post on slashdot, some people write on wikipedia. [citation needed]

There fixed that for you

Re:Wikipedia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275911)

Don't worry, it'll get deleted shortly I'm sure.

This just in... (2, Funny)

Quantos (1327889) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275075)

I have an albatross for sale...

Re:This just in... (2, Funny)

imroy (755) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275149)

What flavour is it?

Re:This just in... (2, Funny)

Quantos (1327889) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275221)

What do ya mean what flavor...
It's a bloody albatross.

Re:This just in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27276103)

> It's a bloody albatross.

Why didn't you say that in the first place? A bloody albatross is the best kind!

Re:This just in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275233)

What do you mean what flavour? its an albatross

Re:This just in... (2, Funny)

Atrox666 (957601) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275641)

Does it come with wafers?

Worms (2, Informative)

jack2000 (1178961) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275083)

I liked how Worms had the holy hand grenade with the "hallelujah" chanting right before it explodes.

In a show of global unity in security theater (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275119)

Britain will be calling in help from Boston's bomb technicians to confirm the grenade is disarmed.

Re:In a show of global unity in security theater (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275231)

We forgot all about your needs, we were too busy fulfilling our own.

But it's a HOLY handgrenade. (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275487)

Britain will be calling in help from Boston's bomb technicians to confirm the grenade is disarmed.

But it's a HOLY hand grenade. That implies the explosion may be miraculous. Which means normal tests for whether it's armed and normal disarmament techniques may not work.

You need a priest to handle this. (If it were an UNholy hand grenade you'd need an exorcist.)

London: So Boston finally has someone to laugh at. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275123)

Congraultions, UK, you just made Boston [laughingsquid.com] 's cops look like a paragon of sanity!

Re:London: So Boston finally has someone to laugh (4, Insightful)

91degrees (207121) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275733)

No they didn't.

They were playing slightly safer than they needed to. After confirming that everything was safe they laughed about it and didn't slam anyone with a trumped up charge to justify their hysteria.

Hell, it took them an hour and everything was back to normal.

And ... (5, Funny)

krou (1027572) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275141)

... the Lord did grin.

Of course no-one was in danger. No-one took out the Holy Pin.

Re:And ... (1)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276847)

And count to three. Four is no good and neither is two unless you proceed directly to three after and five is right out of the question.

the animator... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275191)

sadly they missed the animator at the end of the bar who died from a heart attack

wonder what they'll do when they a bunny (1)

darthcamaro (735685) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275245)

wonder what they'll do when they a bunny

Re:wonder what they'll do when they a bunny (2, Funny)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275371)

When they a bunny?!?!?!?

That makes no sense whatsoever.
What are you babbling about?

Re:wonder what they'll do when they see a bunny (1)

darthcamaro (735685) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275423)

when they see a bunny dude -- typos suck. Go get yourself a shrubbery.

Re:wonder what they'll do when they see a bunny (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275561)

Okay, now I see.

In response: Ni!

Re:wonder what they'll do when they see a bunny (1)

Michael O-P (31524) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275633)

That should read:

"Okay, now I."

Re:wonder what they'll do when they see a bunny (1)

stuckinoregon (1160007) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275699)

Okay, now I see.

In response: Ni!

Now we see the violence that's inherent in the system!!!

Re:wonder what they'll do when they see a bunny (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275743)

But it's only a fleshwound!

Re:wonder what they'll do when they see a bunny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27276017)

Help! Help! I'm being repressed!

Re:wonder what they'll do when they a bunny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275583)

Perhaps OP accidentally a Coca-Cola bottle?

Re:when they a bunny (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275669)

Then they'll know how is babby fucking formed. Typo - usually means I typed one letter out of place - like kat. Leaving out entire bits of a complete sentence? GOPriceless.

Re:wonder what they'll do when they a bunny (1)

PachmanP (881352) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276753)

Dude, it's a choose your own adventure story! They could see a bunny, or they could eat, or they could @#$% a bunny if they're into that sort of thing. It's the beauty of _ your own adventure!

Re:wonder what they'll do when they a bunny (4, Funny)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275607)

when they accidentally a whole bunny?! Who knows!?

bullshit on this one (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275373)

i call BULLSHIT on this story because nobody would mistake that for a real hand grenade i think the truth is more likely that they found a real grenade but dont want nobody to get afraid

yes, but just try boarding an airplane with one (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275441)

You would get more than a spanking and might wind up looking like the Black Knight.

Jack Handy (1, Redundant)

nfk (570056) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275449)

"If you're in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at the enemy, throw one of those small pumpkins. Maybe it'll make everyone think how stupid war is, and while they are thinking, you can throw a real grenade at them."

Good thing they didn't notice the Chambord (2, Interesting)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275541)

It's a good thing the bartender didn't bring out the Chambord Liqueur [google.com] .

They'd have decided he had an arsenal and he'd still be closed.

And my plan is ruined (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275639)

So much for my plan to make a real bomb in one of those toys...

Re:And my plan is ruined (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275831)

So much for my plan to make a real bomb in one of those toys...

No, no. Actually your plan is going perfectly.

Just leave a few more around in inconspicuous places and after they've found four or five more fakes, you can leave a real one.

Killer bunny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27275701)

> The ultimate comeuppence would have been if, after disposing of the dangerous prop, they *were* attacked by a killer bunny.

Jimmy Carter should carry a Holy Hand Grenade with him at all times.

We live in fear.... (3, Interesting)

VinylRecords (1292374) | more than 5 years ago | (#27275787)

This past September they had to evacuate a Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park because someone confused a fucking hot dog wrapper for a bomb.

Our government, schools, media, and society as a whole train us to be paranoid and live in fear, to dumb us down. Not to sound like a conspiracy nut but this is the world that we occupy.
http://cbs3.com/topstories/Philadelphia.Phillies.Citizens.2.824722.html [cbs3.com]
http://www.nj.com/phillies/index.ssf/2008/09/hot_dogs_create_bomb_scare_at.html [nj.com]
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Hot-dogs-cause-a-delicious-bomb-scare-before-Phi?urn=mlb,110486 [yahoo.com]

Re:We live in fear.... (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276323)

This past September they had to evacuate a Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park because someone confused a fucking hot dog wrapper for a bomb.

And this, my friends, is why they should cut you off after six beers at baseball games.

Re:We live in fear.... (2, Interesting)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#27277131)

someone confused a fucking hot dog wrapper for a bomb.

Why would someone do that with a hot dog wrapper? Did he not read the instructions correctly? Wrong wiener!

RUN! (1)

yanguang (1471209) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276219)

The presence of an unused Holy Hand Grenade only means one thing. The Killer Rabbits have developed immunity. God have mercy on all our souls.

Re:RUN! (1)

Cassini2 (956052) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276455)

Easter is less than one month away! There will be thousands of fake bunnies! with millions of fake eggs! Who will protect the citizens from the fake eggs?

How will we find the killer rabbit? What will the police do?

I've got one, it's very nice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27276293)

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&um=1&q=chambord+blackberry+liquor&btnG=Search+Images

Goes great on ice. :)

It couldnt have been a bomb (2, Funny)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276507)

It had no RED blinky numbers on it counting down the seconds.

We all know that Red Blinky numbers are the favourite of terrorists the world over.

RS

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