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Man mistakes plumb-bob for bomb
鉛錘當砲彈 嚇壞蹓狗男

A soldier from the Bomb Disposal Unit works to dispose of a suspected undetonated bomb in Taipei on Oct. 31.

Photo: Hsu Sheng-lun, Liberty Times

Around 9am on Oct. 31, a man in New Taipei City notified the police after spotting a small piece of iron that resembled a bomb lying at the side of the road. Everyone was relieved to know that it was merely a plumb-bob, a weight used as a vertical reference point to ensure that constructions are plumb, or vertical.

According to the police investigation, the quinquagenarian was walking his dog in the Ankang mountain area of Xindian District when he discovered a hunk of iron sitting alongside the road. After picking it up and noticing its significant weight he considered selling it, but while he was descending the mountain along Hecheng Road, he found that the piece of metal resembled a warhead, so he threw it alongside the road and notified the police.

After the police had been notified, they called in the military’s Bomb Disposal Unit, and both of them went on the scene together. They eventually located the unidentifiable object, which was approximately 20cm long and weighed around 5kg, and found that it was actually a plumb-bob, meaning that all the hype was for naught.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)






1. vertical adj.

垂直的 (chui2 zhi2 de5)

例: A vertical lift delivers the items to the top conveyor belt for further assembly.


2. descend v.

下來;下降 (xia4 lai4; xia4 jiang4)

例: Sasha fell as she was trying to descend from the tree.


3. for naught idiom

毫無結果 (hao2 wu2 jie2 guo3)

例: All our plans were for naught.


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