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By John O'Bryan

At some point a prehistoric man picked up a rock and threw it at anything. And the heritage of guns all started. Comedy author and weapon nerd John O'Bryan relays the freaky highlights of man's centuries-old obsession with weaponry. He hilariously explains the mace, the morning superstar, and the guy catcher, whereas conveying actual information regarding each one weapon: its heritage, makes use of, and badass power. Flipping via history's highlights, readers will find out about Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and the "peaceful" Shaolin clergymen. This final compendium of impressive guns can provide the entire strangely real info bound to galvanize anyone who's ever made a gun with their arms and stated, "PEW-PEW-PEW!"

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In January 2010, the Daily Mirror reported that a bulimic woman accidentally swallowed a spoon while trying to induce vomiting. Astute readers will note the irony here. On the other hand, it can also be argued that the spoon was essentially calorie-free. Finally, there is the case from the Netherlands that surprises even us. A female patient was found to have not one, not two, but seventy-eight different pieces of flatware in her body. That must have been quite a Pampered Chef party. At least she was smart enough to make sure none of the utensils were knives—though “smart” is probably a poor choice of words.

Although hairpins look and even sound sharp because of the word, pin, most hairpins actually have blunted ends and typically do not harm the bowel. Most hairpins usually pass on their own despite their length. In fact, studies have evaluated the size of objects that can be swallowed and passed compared to the size of objects that will fail to pass. Yes, this was studied. Objects larger than approximately 5 cm × 2 cm, or for Americans who like to swallow objects, 2 in. , tend to not pass. Smaller objects tend to pass on their own—although they might still need to be dealt with by a doctor prior to passing if the objects are sharp or corrosive.

BACK TO SCHOOL A Stick That’s Often Stuck Your mouth isn’t the only thing people want to glue shut. For many people, nothing captures the innocence of childhood like the humble glue stick. We hate to ruin the pleasant nostalgia, but the fact is that given its cylindrical shape and ubiquity, you had to see this coming up … or rather, going up. Most commercial glue sticks are composed of glue made from nontoxic, acid-free, solvent-free ingredients, giving a rare instance where it’s actually less risky to stick something commercial up your bum than one would think.

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