by ena

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A Shovel with a Hole in it — The MacAdam Shield Shovel,

One of the great Canadian inventions in history, the MacAdam Shield Shovel was an interesting tool designed to give Canadian soldiers extra protection while fighting in the trenches of World War I.  Invented by Ena MacAdams, secretary to Canadian Defense Minister Sam Hughes, the MacAdam shield shovel was intended to be used both as a tradition shovel and as a piece of armor for the soldiers. The shovel was made from 3/16ths of an inch thick steel and had a 3.5x2 inch hole in it.  

The handle was detachable and revealed a spike which was to be driven into the ground. The shovel’s hole served a port through which a soldier inserted the muzzle of his rifle, the hole being just large enough for the soldier to have a small sight picture, and thus the soldier could fire from prone while the shovel would deflect enemy bullets.

Unfortunately the MacAdam shield shovel made neither a good shield nor a good shovel..  Despite being made of thicker steel it was incapable of sufficiently deflecting bullets.  Due to it’s extra weight it became a nuisance to carry and was harder to wield as a shovel.  Finally, it made a terrible shovel for the same reason that a spoon with a large hole in it would make a terrible soup spoon.

24,000 shield shovels were produced, most being ditched by Canadian soldiers shortly after arrival in Europe. The shield shovel project was discontinued, and most shovels were collected and sold for scrap metal.

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y'all i had so much fun cosplaying mare barrow. i literally felt like such a kickass princess because i did this in honor of being discharged from the mental hospital (that story is somewhere else on my page)

***PLEASE NOTE. I DID NOT DO THIS TO WHITEWASH MARE BARROW. A LIT WOC BETTER PLAY HER IN THE MOVIE. I JUST WANTED TO HAVE FUN AND FEEL STRONG***

what i did: half of my face is mareena. the other half is mare. one the mareena side i tried to look cold and dead like a silver hence the cool tone foundation and dark makeup. basically, i did my very best to be silver and even added a silver flush that you can see if you look closely.
on the other side- i made myself look beat up and worn down like mare. i added as much color and damage to my face ask possible. i also attempted some pretty terrible looking lightning scars.

***ANOTHER NOTE: NOTICE HOW HALFWAY UP MY CARTILEGE ON THE MAREENA SIDE I HAVE A NEW PIERCING. IN HONOR OF MARE, I’M GETTING AS MANY AS HER, ONE FOR EACH SIBLING. AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, UP IN MY ROOK, I HAVE MY FAVORITE PIERCING FOR CAL. GOING TO PUT A RED STONE IN AS SOON AS IT HEALS.***

this was so much fun. i hope everyone, including Queen Vic, loves it as much as I did. @vaveyard 🖤🖤🖤

xoxo, iliana 🌹