Thursday, 1 March 2007

secret recipe

Granny finds grenade in groceries
Wed Feb 28, 11:40 AM

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) - A 74-year-old Italian grandmother who bought a sack of potatoes at the her local market found a live grenade among the spuds.
"I found a bomb in the potatoes," Olga Mauriello said in a telephone interview with Reuters.
"I went to the market to buy some potatoes and that's where the bomb was. But this bomb was covered in dirt, and I put it in water and got all dirt off. And then I realized 'It's a bomb'!"

Police said the pine cone-shaped grenade, which had no pin and was still active, was the same type used by U.S. soldiers in Europe in World War Two. Authorities believe the mix-up happened at a farm in France, where the grenade was plucked from the ground along with potatoes.

To the woman's relief, police and explosives experts in the small town of San Giorgio a Cremano, near Naples, recovered the grenade and safely detonated it on Wednesday.

But Mauriello was still shaking off her close brush with death. It didn't look like a potato and it was heavier than one. But what if she had cooked it?

"If I hadn't felt its weight, I wouldn't even have realized that it was a bomb," she said.


So. Let me get this straight. Someone dug a live grenade out of the ground in France and trucked it to Italy - with all the attendant bumping, dropping, and jostling - without it going off. It sat on a grocer's shelf (again with the bumping and jostling) was taken home, discovered, and it still had enough juice to be detonated the next day?

I'm kind of glad I only found a rock.

But if B ever complains about my too-spicy cooking?
I'm referring him to this article.

Hey, Honey? You know I love you...least of all because I'm not killing you with the side-dishes.


Molly said...

Scary, but hilarious....probably only because it didn't happen to me. Mental pictures are forming in my head of cooking it and having the roof blow off! what a game old definitely just wasn't her time to go!

Molly said...

Days[I'm in a daze!]---nursing post? sweet smile? I'm a little slow---splain please!

Joke said...

How people who complain of "too spicy cooking" aren't more frequently slain in their sleep is an unfathomable mystery to me.

Invariably, they complain to their friends that "last night, the _____ had two cloves of garlic in it!"

Don't get me started.


daysgoby said...

Joke - I do get tired of hearing abiout it. I have lovingly and sweetly (and through my teeth hissed, once) said that the makings for peanut butter sandwiches? Are in the cupboard.

More for me.

Sarah Louise said...

CRAZY!! so glad the police were able to detonate it!!

meggie said...

Yes, hilarious, & brings a series of interesting pictures to mind.

I think spicy food is an acquired taste.