Undeniable Fact: A Loose Cannon

Monday, November 06, 2006

You may be surprised to learn that the cannon and cannonball were invented independently by two different people, both of whom were seen as insane during their time. The inventions were commonly assumed to be useless for many years, until King Charles III of Spain had the idea of using the two in conjunction with one another. Although he is commonly credited with the invention of the modern cannon, Charles III merely put together two pieces which had existed long before he was born. But credit where credit's due: he did invent the ramrod.

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Blogger Edward Hansen said...

The first use of cannons in battle was by the Chinese against the Mongol invasion of Ghanghis Khan. The Chinese mounted more than 3,000 bronze and iron casted cannons on the Great Wall of China in order to defend against the Mongol invaders.

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Blogger Brian said...

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5:38 PM  
Blogger duffy said...

Ed - why can't you manage to smell Chinese propaganda when it's so outlandishly BLATANT like that? "Oh, we had thousands and thousands of iron cannons, and Genghis Khan attacked on elephants, and you can see the Great Wall from space..."

Puh-leeze.

6:33 PM  
Blogger laptop battery said...

It is funy.

7:41 PM  

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