Weaponized newspapers: Millwall brick

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I just found out about this thing called the Millwall brick — creating a weapon from an ordinary newspaper.

From Wikipedia:

A Millwall brick is an improvised weapon made of a manipulated newspaper, used as a small club.

It was named for supporters of Millwall Football Club, who had a well-earned reputation for football hooliganism.

The Millwall brick was allegedly used as a stealth weapon at football matches in England during the 1960s and 1970s.

The weapon’s popularity appears to have been due to the wide availability of newspapers, the difficulty in restricting newspapers being brought into football grounds, and the ease of its construction.

I have not tried making one, but here are the basic steps:

  1. Roll up your newspaper of choice as tightly as you can.
  2. Fold in half
  3. Get drunk (optional)
  4. Take folded newspaper, now an official Millwall Brick, and strike or stab other hooligans (or zombies).

You’re basically making a short baseball bat. If you need visuals, check out instructables.

And if you need a video, here you go. Bonus time! These guys shows you how to add a few extra ingredients to create a caveman tomahawk.

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I don’t think so, Meryl/Katharine!

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Planning to go see “The Post.” If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a good synopsis.

Movie makers get a lot of things right and other are just dead wrong. Anyone who has been around a newspaper print press knows that they are not only very noisy, but also greasy.

This scene (screen capped from the movie’s trailer) most likely would never had happened. I doubt that Washing Post Publisher Katharine Graham would have climbed up to the top of the press to watch it. If she had, I can guarantee you that would be the end of that dress.

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On a modern press this may be believable, but in 1971, presses looked more along the lines of this undated photo from The Boston Globe:

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This is usually how publishers check the press run, or the rare occasion they go down to the pressroom:

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Alan Baker and Dewayne-Larsen check a press run at The Ellsworth American, the second oldest weekly newspaper in Maine.

The fact that I could not find any photos of a big city newspaper publisher in the pressroom shows you how ofter they get down there.

BTW, Graham busted the pressman’s union just 4 years later. Read more about it from a non-WP source.