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Soviet Woman Finds a Real Hot Potato

October 06, 1987|From Reuters

MOSCOW — A woman peeling potatoes in the Byelorussian town of Gomel found that the biggest one was too hot to handle: It was a hand grenade.

The woman had selected the biggest potatoes from a bag she bought the night before, but she got suspicious when one of them seemed a little heavy, according to Pravda, the Soviet Communist Party daily.

"On closer inspection, in better light, she was horrified: It was a real hand grenade. She recognized it from picture and photographs," the article went on. It said she was frightened but laid her find carefully to one side and telephoned the authorities.

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