even when im not laying facedown on the floor literally, i am always laying facedown on the floor figuratively. in my heart or whatever.
Meet the Dardanelles Gun
Built by master Hungarian Cannon maker Orban in 1452, this weapon was created at the request of Sultan Mehmed, who asked for a weapon large enough to smash the walls of Constantinople - the last remnant of the Roman Empire with walls over six meters thick that had not been breached in over a thousand years.
27 feet long, with a barrel wall of 8 inches of solid bronze, the cannon had an interior diameter of 30 inches and was designed to accommodate a stone shot weight of up 1,500 pounds. It was cast in two parts that screwed together, and at a weight of 17 tonne required 140 oxen to transport.
When it was first test fired, the siege cannon hurled a stone over a mile before it embedded six foot into the earth.
Dragged by men and oxen to the site of Constantinople, the siege weapon was unstoppable, with its artillery fire demolishing the Theodosian wall, allowing Mehmed’s troops to swarm into the city.
And so Rome fell.
Incredibly, this massively overpowered siege weapon was still serviceable more than 350 years later, when it was used to fire on a Royal Navy ship during the Dardanelles operation of 1807. The British squadron suffered 28 dead as a result.
(Which personally I mean has to be some level of awesome you got fucking fired on in the 1800’s by THE SAME WEAPON THAT FINALLY TOPPLED THE ROMAN EMPIRE I mean come the fuck ON!)
The only one ever to break The Batman.
Wow that top pic is high def! It really shows how damn bumpy his arms are. Like i know they had to use a lot of makeup to cover his tats, but this looks kind of ridiculous. Couldn’t they just shave him first; shave the bear?!