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.