You know what a bomb looks like, right?
It’s big, round, dark and has a fuse sticking out of the top.
I mean, they actually don’t, but you’d be forgiven for thinking something with a similar shape might be dangerous.
A mysterious unexploded bomb washed up on the shores of the River Thames near Wapping in east London recently. Police were called in to investigate.
However, it was quickly determined to not be a bomb.
Officers were called to Wapping to investigate a possible unexploded device that had been washed up on the shore.
Luckily, upon closer inspection, it is a giant glittery Christmas bauble! ???????? pic.twitter.com/L6mCzr4Gjk
— Tower Hamlets Police (@MPSTowerHam) May 29, 2019
Easy mistake, right?
I thought this was a bomb that is being discovered after so many years ???????? https://t.co/Y0hr6pABhH
— Raven day (@Ravenday123) May 31, 2019
This is a UFO, don't be fooled https://t.co/9UQD4UNJJ8
— 2019 Animus (@Mickey_Cloudz) May 31, 2019
I remember sea mines with a slot cut in for pennies were a feature of many a dreary seaside visit when I was a child.
Portsmouth garnished theirs with a torpedo, without comedic effect.
— Fancy Trash (@DanCash) May 30, 2019
Well that's what it looks like upon first glance ????????♀️ well from far away, I thought it was an old bomb, but when I looked closer I noticed the thingy at the top & immediately I thought it was a Christmas ornament. I thought I was wrong… https://t.co/Fk9Ne0gXoP
— Maria de Mary of Marie des???????????????????????????????????????????????? (@Theangelesbri) May 31, 2019
When the giant Christmas ornament washed on shore, passersby became worried and called the police. It was treated with the utmost caution, as potential bombs should be, and because of last week.
What happened last week?
In Kingston-Upon-Thames an unexploded bomb from World War II was discovered.
Luckily, the police were able to determine that this “bomb” was actually a massive Christmas bauble and make their joking tweet.
All joking aside however, how big is the tree that ornament came from?
Hang on were missing something here who’s Christmas tree has that fallen from its huge!!!
— Heather Lloyd (@redheather1985) May 29, 2019
I have a lot of questions, like who has a tree big enough for that? Why is their tree still up when tomorrow is June? https://t.co/H6Rh47q6pS
— ItsMeHarry (@itsmeharryyt) May 31, 2019
Honestly I'm more concerned about the size of the tree and the size of the tree's owner! https://t.co/T5CrsdDEvo
— Liam Dawson (@liam_dosso) May 30, 2019
Oh who's tree? Paul Bunyan?
An Absolute unit of a christmas ornament. https://t.co/sRa9849y9O
— Whit's Mitt (@BringMeMyBacon) May 30, 2019
Old bombs and mines have been turning up around the globe for years.
North Carolina is quickly becoming accustomed to rusty mines washing up on their beaches. At least four showed up in 2017, with more in 2018.
Meanwhile in Germany, unexploded bombs from World War II are discovered en masse every year. It’s estimated that more than 2000 tons are uncovered yearly more than 70 years after the war.
All over the world, these bombs are depressingly common and require a lot of time and effort to dispose of.
Luckily, this time we just got a surprisingly large bauble and can crack a few jokes.
I bet they thought all their Christmases had come at once!
— Fizz (@FizzFizzbird) May 29, 2019
— James_B (@JamesB2488) May 30, 2019
They can *say* it's not a bomb, but I've seen enough Gilligan's Island to know better. https://t.co/o2qeuERCYu
— AnotherJen (@PotataHed) May 30, 2019
— BOOYAH (@booyahtzee) May 30, 2019
It has not been revealed where the decoration initially came from, but if I had to hazard a guess, you may want to find a guy named Jack who bought some magic beans.
He’ll lead you right to the source.