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Yep, they’re still washing up

Unexploded bomb spotted at Beachy Head. It’s apparently only visible at low tide, so the bomb disposal squad is waiting for morning. You know, if you want to run out and steal it.

I wonder what damn fool took the picture.

Beachy Head is a tall chalk cliff near Eastbourne and is the UK’s favorite suicide spot. In fact, Wikipedia tells me it’s the third most popular suicide destination in the world, after the Golden Gate Bridge and the Aokigahara Woods. People have been offing themselves there since at least the 7th Century.

The one that sticks in my head is the poor bastard who drove his rascal off the cliff. Now that’s determination.

Happy Monday!


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 20, 2019, 9:51 pm

I wonder if it was determination or a forward gear stuck in “Tally Ho!” 2012 this happened and technology was a mite more primitive then…
Speaking of Tally and Ho, the Derby winner “Country House” did not run in The Preakness Stakes which made that race just an ordinary old, old stakes race. “Maximum Security,” the disqualified winner of The Kentucky Derby was kept out of the running as well. I hope there weren’t any hard feelings, the poor dears…

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 20, 2019, 10:00 pm


Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: May 20, 2019, 11:33 pm

If I were going to drive something off a cliff in the UK, it would be a Reliant Robin.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 21, 2019, 3:47 am

I wonder what damn fool took the picture.
Beachy Head is…the third most popular suicide destination in the world…

It appears you may well have answered your own question, Stoatie.

Comment from OldFert
Time: May 21, 2019, 4:24 am

Ran his invalid scooter off the cliff, huh? Gotta stop showing Thelma and Louise as the early-afternoon movie on TV over there.

I wonder what happened to his valid scooter.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 21, 2019, 12:55 pm

There was a fellow killed a couple years back by an unexploded shell from the American (since it’s multinational here I didn’t want anyone to mistake this for an unexploded shell from Cromwell’s time) Civil War.

An unexploded shell from a Federal (Union) warship.
He recovered it from a river, probably the James.
And he didn’t just photograph it.
He took a metal grinder to it, perhaps to spruce it up for show or sale to a collector.
The exact reason will now remain a mystery.

On the record book side, I’m pretty sure he’s officially the last casualty of the, as they sometimes say hereabouts, War of Northern Aggression.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 21, 2019, 2:48 pm

Among other mistakes the Germans made in WWII 🙄, they used prisoners in their munitions factories. Surprisingly, the quality of work wasn’t very good, often deliberately so.

So, that bomb may well be a dud. So do ya feel lucky? Well, do ya?

And finally, it could be worse. France still has “The Red Zone” 100 years after WWI.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 21, 2019, 3:48 pm

@ Durnedyankee
Ah yes, here we are… sometimes familiarity breeds a relaxed attitude which is wholly unwarranted…

White estimated he had worked on about 1,600 shells for collectors and museums. On the day he died, he had 18 cannonballs lined up in his driveway to restore.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 21, 2019, 6:48 pm

@Some Veg –
And parts of the Schnee Eifel – Eifel National Park in Germany are restricted because of the Glasmine ’43 minefields the Germans laid towards the end of the war. Can’t clear em easily because the glass doesn’t snow up well on detectors and too much explosive residue keeps bomb dogs from getting a good scent.

Good place to use MadCows!
Why are the cows mad?
“MooBoom” is a palindrome!

I’ll uh, show myself out shall I?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 22, 2019, 12:16 am

Frau Elsie cried, “Ach, y’alles! Watch this! (Hol’ my stein…)”

@DurnedYankee – We’ll show each other out. (-:

Comment from SCOTtheBADGER
Time: June 2, 2019, 9:52 am

That looks more like a 4″ naval shell. Still would go BOOM! with vigor, though.

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