A 100-year-old hand grenade from the Ottoman period was found recently during digs near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City wall, The hand grenade was the size of a fist and embedded in the wall.
It was confirmed to be “a grenade dating to the Ottoman period and that it contained 200-300 grams of explosives.”
What is curious is that bomb experts removed the explosives but still detonated the device instead of preserving it as a historical object.
The question is whether this was a later model of a better known hand grenade from the Crusades. If so, here are the instructions:
“ …And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, “O Lord, bless this Thy hand grenade that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy.” And the Lord did grin and the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit bats and large chu… [At this point, the friar is urged by Brother Maynard to “skip a bit, brother”]… And the Lord spake, saying, “First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.” Amen.