Manufactured by Germany c.1915-1918 using surplus Khg M1913 fragmentation grenades. 45g explosive charge, percussive system armed by removing the pin and lifting the spoon lever on the handle, after which a sharp shock and gravity would detonate the device. That’s what happens when you Voltron the early German ball grenade with their later 1915 stick technology. They had realized earlier with the regular M1915 percussive layout - one with a regular cylindrical head like other Stielhandgranate - you better had the heaviest head possible to make sure it landed right on its face.
Plus they were bored and they had plenty to fuck around with.
On this day in 1913, the New York World published the first modern crossword puzzle, devised by English journalist Arthur Wynne. While various forms of crossword had appeared in print as early as the eighteenth-century, Wynne’s design is the closest to the modern crossword, and launched the popularity of the puzzle. Wynne was an onion farmer in England before he became a journalist and emigrated to America, eventually becoming editor of the New York World. Seeking to fill a spare space in the Christmas edition of the paper, Wynne designed a puzzle which he called a ‘word-cross’. The puzzles continued in the paper, and steadily became more popular, leading Simon and Schuster to publish the first book of crosswords in 1924. Crosswords arrived in British newspapers in the 1920s, prompting what Punch magazine jokingly called a ‘cross-word mania’. Some sceptics in newspapers scorned what they saw as childish games rather than genuine intellectual challenges, and hoped that crosswords were a short-lived fad. They were, however, sorely mistaken, for crosswords remained a popular puzzle. Indeed, during the Second World War the crosswords in The Daily Telegraph caused a national security alarm when codenames related to the D-Day plans appeared as solutions. Crosswords continue to be popular, and have since evolved into more difficult incarnations, including the cryptic crossword.