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  • n. Plural form of cannonball.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of cannonball.


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  • The rest were weak, although The Next Doctor did have a 400-foot-tall Cyberman shooting up Victorian London with auto-firing cannonballs, which is kind of cool.

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  • We'd been calling the cannonballs 'gray peas,' but the thing that shot low across the deck, tearing rail, cannon ports, and people apart in a shower of wooden splinters, was no pea. . .

    Going to Sea Once More

  • The remaining artifacts include Revolutionary War items such as cannonballs, militia uniforms and Continental Congress-era currency.

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  • (enclosed bumper cars where you shoot "cannonballs" at other cars).


  • And neither does Malcolm Daniel, of the Metropolitan Museum, who bases his opinion on evidence that the British soldiers would often pick up cannonballs to use them as return fire.

    The Ever-Questioning Eye

  • Paul Getty Museum does not believe Fenton moved the cannonballs.

    The Ever-Questioning Eye

  • The pictures were meant to show the photographer's contemporaries the intensity of the artillery bombardment during the Crimean War, and they are nearly identical—except that in one the enemy's cannonballs are concentrated in a gully just off to the side of the road (Mr. Morris calls this image "OFF") and in the other the cannonballs are scattered on the road (Mr. Morris calls this image "ON ").

    The Ever-Questioning Eye

  • Mr. Morris's curiosity about these early examples of war photography was piqued by Susan Sontag's disapproving, but unsubstantiated, comment in "Regarding the Pain of Others" 2002 that in order to get a more effective picture Fenton "oversaw the scattering of the cannonballs on the road itself."

    The Ever-Questioning Eye

  • An acknowledgment in Sontag's book leads Mr. Morris to Ulrich Keller, the author of a book on Crimean War photography, who thinks that—although he has no proof—it is obvious that Fenton moved the cannonballs.

    The Ever-Questioning Eye

  • Lloyd Rose pointed out that Edam cheeses, which are rounder and harder than Gouda, were once used by navies as emergency cannonballs.

    Why are so many signs are misspelled? To keep us amused, no doubt.


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