I'm interested in scads of topics, and it seems I'm always running into interesting tidbits. I'd like to share some with you. I promise they'll always have at least a fleeting relevance to the day at hand.
May 15, 2011
May 15th: First Machine Gun Patented, 1718
It was invented by James Puckle, and it was called the Defence Gun. It could fire 63 shots in 7 minutes.
The gun could fire two kinds of bullets: round ones, for Christian enemies, and square ones for the Muslim Turks, to show them the advantages of Christianity.
Read article here.
Pictured: The Puckle Defence gun. From an 1896 publication by George O. Shields.