January 17, 2006Aside

Weekday Squib: That looks like a giant…

Or, get on the horn and ask British intelligence

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Source: Getty Images/NYT via Donald Sensing

This picture, showing the site of the American strike in the village of Damadola in Pakistan’s Bajaur Agency was published by several newspapers around the world, including the New York Times. Over at Winds of Change, Donald Sensing has an interesting post on the nature of the object in the photograph (via Robi Sen). Sensing points out that it is not, as originally reported, a fragment of a missile but an artillery shell of uncertain origin. It has also been suggested that the photo itself is doctored, and that the shell is of a type used by the Pakistani army.

Those who have watched Mike Myers’ 1999 film, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, may remember this exchange when the other Dr Evil’s spacecraft is spotted on the radar screen.

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