Fun With Cannons

Terrifying weapon, or delightful plaything? You decide!
Europeana

What is it about a huge barrel that makes you want to climb in or on it? 

I don't know, but let me tell you, you're not the first human to experience the feeling, according to a great set of photos posted on the Europeana history blog.

Just look at that guy up there. Even his mustache is smiling.

German marines love barrels, too. (Check out the guy peeking out from the viewport.)

Basically a sitcom waiting to happen (Europeana). 

British shipmen did them one better, though, sitting on this massive weapon mounted on a super-Dreadnought ship.

That's a big gun.

Turn-of-the-century ladies love cannons, too, in a genteel way.

Annapolis Naval Academy cannon (LOC)

The mascot of the Queen Elizabeth battleship turned the gun barrel into a catwalk.

Cat on a cannon (Europeana).

And, of course, who could forget that goats love barrels!

Goat on a cannon (Europeana).

As a weapon, a cannon is terrifying. As a climbable sculpture, it's hilarious!

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