We can fix up this grenade, good as new!

June 1, 2011

Blog Guy, I’m a recent college graduate who needs career advice. I picked up a colorful brochure entitled “The Exciting Field of Refurbishing Rocket-Propelled Grenades,” and I wondered if I should look into that.

A lot of grads are asking me that these days. It looks like RPG Refurbishment is attracting entry-level folks at a rapid pace.

Kids, I know the brochures make it seem really glamorous, but I just can’t recommend this career path.

Sure, the black rubber gloves look cool, but you have to ask yourself why this man’s boss has located his office behind 450 massive truck tires.

You see, RPGs are designed to be used once. Any effort to repair them and reload them with what we call “high explosives” invalidates the warranty.

But Blog Guy, in the brochure the man gets to work sitting down, which is important to me!

I know, but his job title also contains the word “rebel,” which you generally want to avoid. So, what was your major in college?

I have a degree in Film Studies.

Ah. Well, then you may as well go for the RPG career. Everybody should be a rebel at your age, anyway.

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Top: A Libyan rebel holds a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) after refitting it with high explosives, for reuse, at a weapons workshops in Misrata May 29, 2011.

Right: Libyan rebel adds an aluminum ring to a used RPG, which will be refitted with high explosives and reused.

Left: Libyan rebel refits RPG with high explosives, for reuse.

REUTERS photos by Zohra Bensemra

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Is the factory where they make those wacky RPG alarm clocks you wrote about earlier in the year?
Nice to see them being environmentally responsible and keep their carbon footprint down by recycling.

The stack of tractor tires, for the purpose of deadening any premature detonation, are a nice touch.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

RPG? So that’s what they’re calling alarm clocks these days?

Oh, and I love the safety concern (gloves) but what’s with the exposed-toes sandals…

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

I wouldn’t want to fill a bomb by placing it so close to …. :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Say, does this guy have trouble sleeping?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I think “reuse” is not an appropriate word with regard to an RPG. Aside from having to glue together all the itty bitty pieces of the RPG after it has done it’s job as a “G” one would also have to pick out the itty bitty pieces of Humpty Dumpty too. That could get a bit messy.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Imma let you finish…
Premature detonation is the least of this guy’s problems.

Posted by KWest | Report as abusive

@Malteser, I am sure that if he drops his work, the last thing he’ll be worrying about is his exposed toes! :)

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

Sorry, I think he’s a rebel without a clue.

Posted by inebgreen | Report as abusive

Could we possibly be any more phallic than having a rocket between one’s legs?

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

He has gloves on, so he figures he’s safe. Besides, if he used protection, he would no longer qualify for the Darwin Awards.

He was just heard to say “I’m good”.

Posted by flamenquito | Report as abusive

@Spin, I like the film studies part!

A guy from the Libyan nation
Made bombs to afford his vacation
His spirits soon sunk
When he blew off his junk
During premature defenestration

Posted by flamenquito | Report as abusive

Some pics make me wonder
if some people, out yonder
Really have any common sense…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I am not good on RPGs, but what part is recycled? When it is fired, you probably just have a “small” empty barrel in the RPG launcher, right?
Do they have like a balcony where you deliver you used RPGs to recycle and they give you a coupon to discount on your next purchase?

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Posted by SimpleGuy | Report as abusive

Wow. As if using a lathe wasn’t potentially dangerous enough, without adding an RPG.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Jibberish – you’re quite right there ;) haha

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

@CG – I’m with you there. Rocket in one holder, HE and fuse in the other. Lamar was earning his pay taking these pictures.

Where do I sign up?

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive