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Hammers, once the pop culture for music, suddenly become popular weapons of death. Why? Anyone else find this odd?
posted by shepd (23 comments total)
If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening ... all over this land,
I'd hammer out danger
I'd hammer out a warning
I'd hammer out love between all of my brothers and my sisters
All over this land.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:29 PM on June 17, 2004

If all you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail.
posted by crunchland at 8:32 PM on June 17, 2004

The Hammer Party
posted by troutfishing at 8:42 PM on June 17, 2004

I think they've always been popular, so my answer is a resounding no!!!.
posted by The God Complex at 8:45 PM on June 17, 2004

Please, Hammer, don't hurt 'em.

(They don't listen, do they?)
posted by chicobangs at 8:50 PM on June 17, 2004

Because they work well enough and they are easy to buy. They are occasionally used by less adept muggers for stunning victims. Whack and snatch.

Box cutters are a popular weapon for street fighting for a similar reason--they can fit in a pocket and yet have a sharp blade which can draw blood instantly. They aren't especially lethal but they are frightening: spilt blood has an enormous emotional impact.
posted by y2karl at 9:04 PM on June 17, 2004

the hammer when joined with the sickle can be a very dangerous weapon...
posted by Dreamghost at 9:06 PM on June 17, 2004

In case of emergency...
posted by eddydamascene at 9:09 PM on June 17, 2004

Anyone else find this odd?

This post? Heck yes it was weird!
posted by konolia at 9:16 PM on June 17, 2004

This is your Metafilter on drugs.
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 9:21 PM on June 17, 2004

This is your society in denial.....

of massive dysfunction.
posted by troutfishing at 9:39 PM on June 17, 2004

If I just put these pins in the map...Georgia, Toronto, England...what do we have here? It almost looks like a hammer, and it's pointing directly at Nunavut!
posted by planetkyoto at 10:09 PM on June 17, 2004

...and then you've got Pink Floyd which had hammers for pop culture icons AND symbols for popular weapons of death.
posted by fatbobsmith at 10:10 PM on June 17, 2004

The War Hammer
posted by wfrgms at 10:11 PM on June 17, 2004

I wonder if the TSA and Homeland Security know about these weapons of mass destruction. Even as I type, I can envision legions of Al Qaeda minions plotting to destroy American freedom with these seemingly innocuous tools.

When hammers are outlawed, only outlaws will have houses framed with 2x4s.
posted by spacewrench at 10:13 PM on June 17, 2004

Maybe the hammerer just has a hot hand.
posted by dhartung at 10:28 PM on June 17, 2004

Nail me to the table with the hammer of love.
posted by namespan at 12:57 AM on June 18, 2004

Yeah, I was under the impression that hammers have always been popular instruments of mayhem. Well, I guess before hammers, there were rocks.

Next week, we investigate: your kitchen knives --- the new weapons of TERROR???
posted by hattifattener at 1:47 AM on June 18, 2004

bang, bang.
posted by wobh at 4:28 AM on June 18, 2004

posted by grabbingsand at 5:19 AM on June 18, 2004

Nah, nothing new. I knew somebody who's husband murdered her with a hammer (gradeschool teacher but it happened when I was in high school)
posted by substrate at 5:31 AM on June 18, 2004

I blame Pink Floyd. And Home Depot, of course.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 2:09 PM on June 18, 2004

konolia, I'd like to my big Iowa farmboy hands on you, baby.

Just sayin', is all.
posted by five fresh fish at 7:45 PM on June 21, 2004

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