Bacon Cooked by Machine Gun, Netizens Dispute Photo Origins

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Sometimes these headlines write themselves. The following pictures of bacon being cooked inside the hot barrel of a discharged machine gun, originally posted on popular internet communities, attracted a surprising amount of attention from military-loving netizens. Whilst Korean men questioned the source of the pictures, and the general consensus was that the photos were not Korean in origin, the article generated a substantial amount of internet traffic.

With half of the population spending two years of their lives in the military, military slang and practices such as ‘eolcharyeo’ [group punishment] and ‘singosig’ [rookie hazing] have reached every nook and cranny of Korean society. For most Korean men, their time in the military is also a popular conversation starter. You can guarantee to get a certain amount of attention with a military related statement like ‘I can pitch a 24-person tent by myself in two hours,’ which probably means nothing to the rest of the world.

From Daum:

How to roast meat, military style: ‘it  only takes one shooting to make it nice and crispy’

An internet article on roasting meat in the military is gathering attention.

The photos were posted on an internet community, entitled ‘How to roast meat in a military way’

Those pictures explain in time order how to roast meat like military men. First, wrap aluminium foil on the inner frame of a machine gun, coiling meat on top of the wrapping. Second, reassemble the gun and shoot some targets. And voila, your meat is roasted, nice and crispy.

How to roast meat in military way

Netizens were amazed at the article, saying ‘Is it possible, for real?’ ‘You might get burned,’ ‘Wow, it seems convenient,’ ‘Shooting a gun would smell like roasted pork belly,’ ‘This is incredible.’

Comments from Daum:

santiago37:

Those pictures are not from the Korean military.

Confidently:

Those of you who thought the pictures were from Korea haven’t served the military yet.

물고기자리:

When polishing rifles, it smells awful: like gun powder. If the meat tastes like that, it wouldn’t be edible for most people.

필라델피아:

Even though the photos are neither from Korea nor new, the journalist did get a score. Oh boy.. ;;

달려라로뚱:

Those of you saying ‘Investigate which squad they are in,’ ‘Soldiers these days are not as sharp as they used to be’ are automatically proving that you haven’t enlisted in the military yet. ke ke ke ke ke

rkflf:

In the Korean military, doing such cheeky acts will guarantee that the hell breaks loose.

역의엔트로피:

The meat seems like bacon to me. And it’s not the Korean military.

김찌락:

You’ll eat gun power sprinkled on top of that meat.

넌얼마나절실하니:

Hey you morons, just do your job! Those defectors from the North might come and knock your door. [meaning a recent defector safely crossed the 38th parallel and knocked on the door of a barracks]

Hong:

The reporter seems like a woman.

얼렁뚱땅:

Is it worth room in a newspaper? tsk tsk

공명:

That rifle is not used in the Korean military. Journalists these days are getting better at baiting the public. It must be really easy to be a journalist, making money by posting some random photos without any fact-checking.

한세환:

I heard rifles have some features to absorb the flame and smoke caused by shooting. It would make that meat inedible.

Dragon:

It doesn’t deserve to be in a newspaper. If such things happen in South Korea, that guy would be dragged to military prison at worst and the Preliminary Rifle Instruction at best.

미티:

Those pictures must’ve been around for several years.

Comet:

Reading these comments makes us realise that there’re so many kids who haven’t even enlisted in the army and chinks on this website. Ban those kids under 19 and foreigners from signing up for the website.

Nahim:

Those guys must be eager to get their asses kicked by their administrative load managers.

아랑:

They are eating up national security, ignoring the sound of North Korean defectors knocking on their doors. Alas!

가가가가:

Only Koreans are stupid enough to use aluminium foil for containing food. Korea has the biggest rate of aluminium poisoning and the number one growth rate of dementia.

박근형:

What kind of rifle is that? huh huh

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  • KamJos

    Yeah…I wouldn’t eat that.

  • Yu Bumsuk

    It was cooked on the barrel, not “cooked inside the hot barrel of a discharged machine gun”. And the netizens are right that it would taste like gunpowder and possibly have aluminium contamination.
    In the Second World War American GIs came up with all sorts of ingenious ways to cook food inside engine compartments. I believe one of them even published a cook book.

  • Commander-in-chief

    Roasting meat in the barrel of a machine gun is a fancy but unrealistic, considering the strict discipline regarding the use and management of rifles in the South Korean military. Even in times of war, it is far much more inconceivable to do so, as ammunition and military logistics are usually in short supply and this kind of behavior is unlikely.

    Hence the conclusion that the idea of cooking meats inside the gun by firing shots comes from the desire of an ostentatious display of masculinity or catching popular attention.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    For a second there, I thought I was reading an article from EpicMealTime or FPS Russia. That alone made me realize how unlikely that this would be something found in the military… >_>

  • mr.wiener

    Mmmmm……Bacon!

    • Kate

      Yup that’s all I pretty much thought too! If I could get away eating bacon everyday over hot rice without turning into a miss piggy, I would :)

  • HaakonKL

    It looks like an MG-3, and those barrels are hotter than satan lighting his farts on fire, so this might just work.

    Now why you would want to do this except to see if it would work, I don’t know.
    It’s probably done once by some soldiers on the range to see if it would work.

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