Holy Hand Grenade!

Of Antioch, that is. In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch was used to kill “the  most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on.” Nowadays, it’s just used to kill business.

Water company engineers spotted the object when they lifted up a fire hydrant cover during work on a street in Shoreditch, east London.

The road was cordoned off and a nearby pub was evacuated amid fears that the “grenade” could explode.

But after nearly an hour of analysis bomb experts realised that the cause of the scare was in fact a copy of the “Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch” used by Eric Idle to slaughter a killer rabbit in the 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail.

Local businesses are complaining that it took so long to figure out there was no threat. Ah, well. Thems the Holy Hand Grenade breaks. They would be singing a different tune is a killer rabbit had been loose

The story mentions that you can buy a replica of the HHofA on eBay. I checked.

You can. A plush one. (Read the description. Funny.)

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