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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:12 AM
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Malaysian fisherman uses WWII bomb as anchor: report
Source: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) A Malaysian fisherman has been using a deadly World War II bomb as an anchor for his boat, according to a report Saturday.

Local police made the shocking discovery Thursday during a routine patrol in a fishing village in the southern Johor state.

The fisherman had been using the bomb for several months and thought it was safe on account of its age, the Star newspaper reported.

Police alerted the bomb squad who removed the 160mm device to be destroyed.

Officers discovered eight similar bombs in the village after following up on information obtained from the fisherman.

Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h4Cy...
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:20 AM
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1. He was just planning on dynamiting the fish.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:23 AM
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2. Kenny Stabler's bio
he told the story of some good old boys down in the Muscle Shoals area who dynamited fish. The local sheriff/game warden gave them a friendly warning saying that he would hear if they were still doing it....so they went to Sears, got 10 feet of metal fencing, and a DieHard battery---they electrocuted them instead. It is much more quiet.
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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:34 AM
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3. Real sportsmen, hey?
Why don't you just drain the lake?
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:03 AM
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6. There you go - it's in the way, anyhow - all that water.....nt
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rolltideroll Donating Member (410 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:37 AM
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4. I am in the next town over from Muscle Shoals
AT the bottom of the TVA dam, you can see some of the biggest catfish in the world. 6 feet long. Scary as hell for the divers.
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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:23 AM
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8. The way I heard that story
The Sheriff warned 'em to stop or he'd arrest them. They lit a stick, tossed it to him and said, "Hey, you gonna' fish or just talk all day?"
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:46 AM
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9. Okay
I don't have the book handy.

that is a typical Stabler type story :rofl:

I do remember that they ended up using chainlink fencing and a battery
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rolltideroll Donating Member (410 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:38 AM
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5. The Bomb
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Lost in CT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:09 AM
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7. Well if it hasn't exploded in seventy plus years I wouldn't exactly
call it deadly...

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54anickel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:52 AM
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10. At the end of the article it mentions one that blew up. It was deadly for two of the three
people involved in trying to salvage the metal from one. Obviously something still explosive/deadly in those things, even after seventy plus years.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:10 AM
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12. The French are still finding ordinance left over from WWI!
See the book

"Aftermath: The Remnants of War: From Landmines to Chemical Warfare--The Devastating Effects of Modern Combat"


by Donovan Webster
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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:06 PM
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16. So are the Germans
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 02:43 PM by Coventina
My husband was in Augsburg a few summers ago when a construction crew found an old US bomb that had landed but never exploded. Needless to say, construction was halted while the thing was defused and extracted.

on edit: oops. I missed the fact that you specified WWI. The bomb I was referring to was WWII.
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cibrules2 Donating Member (9 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:56 AM
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11. This isn't much news
This isn't much news...it would have been had he hauled up a lost nuclear bomb.
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Lionel Mandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:37 PM
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13. especially if it exploded. nt
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:52 PM
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14. I've been using an old Sidewinder missile to prop my garage door open.
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:48 PM
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15. There's a great French film
(made in the late 50's-early 60's) about a mountain shepard who has an unexploded bomb near his house. After years of living in fear, waiting for this thing to explode, he takes matters into his own hands and from a safe distance shoots the bomb. The casing ruptures exposing a fortune in US Dollars.

Armed with his new found wealth he goes to Paris and proceeds to ruin his life.
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