Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Anti-Aircraft Flowers

Getting married has always been something that's a bit hit-or-miss, but up until now it's rarely threatened the lives of those hired to make the happy day pass with a bang. According to the BBC, that just changed.

A bridge and groom in Italy hired a small plane to fly past the wedding party and drop a bouquet for a line of women guests to catch. Alas, the flowers never quite made it that far, electing instead to dive into one of the engine intakes thereby bringing the whole shooting match down, destroying a hostel in the process.

Thinking laterally, therefore, can't we save some money by using ground-to-air daffodils instead of missiles to protect key installations from attack by, say, the North Korean air force? If a small bouquet can bring down a twin engined plane, just think of the havoc a decent sized floral display could inflict on a fast moving jet fighter? Or, in the case of the aforementioned North Korean air force, a small microlight kitted out-with a paintball gun?

Cut the defence budget & save the country: buy flowers instead.

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