Thursday, November 21, 2013

This is the magic bullet ...

Anyone who has done a bit of target practice knows that when they hit something hard, bullets tend to "smoosh". They are, after all, made from lead, a fairly soft metal. Here's an example of what I mean:

Bones are pretty hard. Yet the first bullet I showed you supposedly "passed through President Kennedy’s neck and Governor Connally’s chest and wrist and embedded itself in the Governor’s thigh. If so, this bullet traversed 15 layers of clothing, 7 layers of skin, and approximately 15 inches of tissue, struck a necktie knot, removed 4 inches of rib, and shattered a radius bone." Excuse me if I think it looks more likely fired into a cotton bale.

The following is a spoof 1964 instructional film for kids, courtesy of the US Department of Education and The Warren Commission, from DadsGarageTV.

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