Airmen expected to protect nuclear weapons accidentally lose grenades

If you want to make a quick $5,000, all you have to do is help the United States Air Force find a box of grenades that some of their employees misplaced.

According to the Washington Post, Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing Security Forces, one of the military units charged with protecting the nation's nuclear launch and storage sites, were traveling down the gravel back roads of North Dakota between one missile site and another when, apparently, a box full of belted MK-19 grenade launcher rounds fell out of the back of their vehicle.

Honestly, who hasn't lost a can full of 40 mike-mike? It could happen to anyone.

Understandably distressed by the loss of their high explosive munitions, the Air Force sent out 100 personnel from Minot Air Force Base to walk the six-mile stretch where it's believed that the grenades up and vanished. No dice.

From the Washington Post:

The Air Force said its Office of Special Investigations does not consider the incident a criminal matter and is seeking public assistance in ensuring the safe return of the explosives. The office has offered the number for an anonymous tip line for any information about the missing grenade rounds and a $5,000 reward for any information leading to their recovery.

What makes the disappearance of the munitions feel particularly special is that, perhaps out of embarrassment or the reasonable belief that maybe telling everyone that there was a big can of boom-boom drifting around the countryside for anyone to pick up, the Air Force didn't bother to inform local law enforcement about the loss for three whole days. Read the rest

Man learns his walnut cracker is actually an old grenade

A Chinese man learned that the device he'd been using to crack walnuts for 25 years is, in fact, an old hand grenade. Alex Linder at Shanghaiist reports that he realized what it was after picking up a safety leaflet about explosives, then handed it in to the police.

Ran said that he received the "nutcracker" as a "gift" back in 1991, though he didn't say what kind "friend" had given him the device.

It's also not clear what Ran will use to crack open walnuts now.

村民用手榴弹砸核桃25年 称顶端坚硬拿着顺手 Read the rest

Treasure hunters find coded WWII message, uncover hilarious story

Some Italian treasure hunters found a strange looking bullet in Tuscany. Inside was a dated, coded message. Read the rest