Catch!

War can be a nasty business. It’s no wonder soldiers sometimes enjoy a bit of cheeky humor. This ancient Greek sling bullet was cast with the word DEXAI on it, meaning “Catch!” or “Take that!”

Sling bullet, photograph © Trustees of the British Museum via The British Museum (Athens; 4th c. BCE; lead)
Sling bullet, photograph © Trustees of the British Museum via The British Museum (Athens; 4th c. BCE; lead)

It’s in much the same spirit as these American soldiers in World War II offering “Easter eggs” for Adolf Hitler.

Easter eggs for Hitler, US National Archives via Wikimedia
Easter eggs for Hitler, US National Archives via Wikimedia

Some things just don’t change.

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