Tuesday, December 09, 2008

New little known fact.

When Mahometans retook Jerusalem in the 1180s, their besieging armies constructed makeshift derricks with systems of pulleys in order more easily to shift explosive charges into place at the gates of the fortifications. Whenever one of these apparatuses was accidentally blown up, it was said to be a petard on their own hoist.

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