Chinese Military Takes Hot Potato Way Too Seriously


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Remind me never to join the People's Liberation Army of China.

Footage revealed last weekend on YouTube shows a training exercise from the PLA where soldiers pass around a live grenade to have it thrown into a hole. The soldiers then leap out of the way before it explodes. It’s a dangerous game of hot potato that I have no interest in.

The video description outlines the training exercise in more detail by saying that each soldier must take the live explosive by both hands, then hand it off to the next soldier while visibly twisting their torso. The last soldier then has to throw it into the hole and make sure it lands inside correctly.

The video description goes on to say, “As with militaries across the world, the PLA instill their soldiers with specialised skills and advanced training.” Let me know if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure no other military in the world has their soldiers playing hot potato with a live grenade as “training.”

I don’t think I need to add the disclaimer, “Don’t try this at home,” but seriously, please don’t try this at home.