The Unlikely Topic: Civil War Munitions. 58 caliber muzzle loaded rifles were the primary weapon of the Civil War causing long awkward gaps between shots while both parties had to arduously reload their weapons while attempting to kill each other. I'm not an expert in weaponry or Civil War history, but awkward pauses... that I am familiar with.
In battle if the rifle did not discharge properly, it could not be reloaded without disassembly. Two superimposed loads would cause the barrel to explode in the shooter's face.
In the case of a misfire, the soldier would have thrown the gun aside for another weapon, which might be picked up by someone else looking for a rifle for the same reason. The misspent cartridges would have been discovered only in tamping down a fresh shot. Discard, scramble for new weapon, repeat.
In the Battle of Gettysburg of the 35,000 muskets recovered: 12,000 had two charges, 6,000 had three to ten charges each. One had 21 charges. That means 52 percent of the recovered arms were useless. What a horrible ungodly shitfight that must have been.
- Thank you, Mr. John Sowers. You really were the most entertaining history teacher any seventh grade girl could ask for. No one else has ever told me such stories since. I've won more bets due to your love of trivia and entertaining factoids.
- Loved the Oscars. Loved Hugh Jackman. Marisa Tomei's dress was really fantastic. Winslet reminded me of Grace Kelly. Sean Penn still looks like a cat's asshole.
- The Little Freds are lining up at the feeder mighty hard these days, the little sugar water addicts. One accidentally flew into the window and did herself in. Hummingbirds are so remarkably fearless and aggressive that one less seems a missing energy inverse to the actual proportion of the animal.
- The toes are painted once again so I can get my can to yoga class. Black with red metallic fleck.