Publishing a detailed recipe of how to make and then activate molotov cocktails is more suited to a militant underground leaflet than a publication intended for children, but that didn’t occur to the editors of a magazine in Tunisia.
Either desperate for readers or keen to ingratiate themselves with the hardliners emerging in post-revolution Tunisia, Kaws Kouzah not only listed all the necessary ingredients in their explosive recipe, but they also advised children exactly how to throw the cocktail to optimize its destructive outcome.
“Molotov cocktail – is a home-made incendiary weapon which consists of a glass bottle and a folded cloth dipped in a flammable liquid – oil, alcohol, petrol,” read the recipe.
“…the unit should be ignited and thrown at the enemy. After the initial contact, the bottle breaks and penetrates the target.”
And just to be sure that Tunisia’s children are completely sold on the legitimacy of this fun new game, which was published under the magazine’s knowledge section, a brief history was included in the brief.
“The name was coined by Finnish soldiers in World War II in honor of Vyacheslav Molotov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union during the Winter War, also known as the Soviet-Finnish war of 1939-1940.”
Fortunately the Ministry for Women and Family affairs discovered the unfortunate recipe and sued the magazine both for endangering children’s lives and inciting terrorism and vandalism.
We had hoped it was fairly obvious, but perhaps we ought to be more clear: don’t do this. Molotov cocktails are dumb. Instead, publish something a little more useful, like a DIY guide to building space rockets powered by trash maybe?