A man in Shaanxi, China, was left shell shocked after learning that he had actually been using a hand grenade to crack open nuts for the past 25 years without realizing what it was truly for.
The man, who goes by the name Ran from Ankang city, decided to stop using the 1960s-era stick grenade and hand it over to the authorities after he read a safety leaflet about forbidden explosives.
Police officers were examining the device that has been used as a nutcracker for 25 years to find out if it was still able to explode, the Shanghaiist reported.
Ran said that he received the grenade as a gift back in 1991, which is the perfect present to give a friend just in time for the holiday season.
According to the Strait Times, grenades usually explode when the safety lever is pulled and released, and is thrown away. As it rotates, it detonates the primer and ignites the fuse before burning down to the detonator.
It is unclear what machine or instrument Ran will use for cracking nuts now.
But netizens have been commenting on social media sites such as Weibo, saying how lucky the man is to be alive.
“Why would a friend gift him a bomb?” one user said.
Another joked: “It’s more stable than a Samsung phone.”