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Kayak (Canada) - - HISTORY MYSTERY -

The MacA­dam Shield Shovel was a com­pletely Cana­dian — and com­pletely ter­ri­ble — First World War in­ven­tion. De­fence Min­is­ter Sir Sam Hughes came up with the idea, based on a sug­ges­tion by his sec­re­tary, Ena MacA­dam. It had a hole in it so troops could stick their guns through and shoot while be­ing pro­tected from en­emy fire. In fact, the shovel didn’t ac­tu­ally stop bul­lets, and the hole made it use­less for dig­ging.

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