Army needs oyster shells

If you have 4,000 bushels of empty oyster shells, the US Army will pay you $15,000 for them. (Thanks, David!)


  1. I wonder what its for. I believe they used to burn oyster shells and use the ashes as a primitive chemical weapon since it causes blindness when it gets in your eyes, but then I could be totally misremembering a Sharp novel.

  2. Hmm. When my old neighbourhood was a fishing village, they used broken oyster shells in the streets where others might have used gravel.  Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.

  3. What’s it for? Trying clicking on the link and reading. Jeez, some people really are incredibly lazy.

  4. Dammit! I just threw all mine out! Goes to show: you always need that thing you’d been saving just after you get rid of it.

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