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防不勝防 - 古德明

蘋果日報 2005/01/16 00:00


AstheAlliedtroopsadvancedthroughItalyin1943,thereweresurprisesinstoreforthem.BritishsoldiersoncecameuponahighlydesirablebilletabandonedbytheGermans,itsfrontdoorinvitinglyhalf-open.Enteringthroughawindowtoavoidthelikelyboobytrap,theyapproachedthefrontdoorfrominsideandfoundattachedtoittheexpectedexplosivechargesettogooffwhenthedoorwasmoved.Theyleftthehouseandtiedastringtotheoutsideknobofthefrontdoor,takingcoverinaslittrenchacrosstheroad.Whentheywereallintheslittrench,theypulledthestring.Theslittrenchexploded,killingthemall.
一九四三年,盟軍在意大利推進,頗有出奇之遇。有一次,英兵行經一所軍人臨時宿舍,是德軍遺下的,看來非常舒適,前門半開,似邀行客。英兵擔心落入陷阱,從窗口爬進房子裏,走近前門,發覺門後果然繫着炸藥,安排好門一動就會爆炸。英兵退出房子,用長繩把前門向外一面的圓形把手綁着,到馬路另一邊的散兵坑躲藏,待大夥兒都進了坑裏之後,才拉動繩子。散兵坑隨即爆炸,把他們都炸死了。
【解說】Boobytrap直譯是「呆子陷阱」,軍事上習慣譯作「詭雷」,指隱藏着而一觸即發的爆炸品;軍事以外,則指捉弄人的陷阱,例如:Ididn'tnoticetheboobytrap,andtheemptyboxbalancedontopofthehalf-opendoorfellonmyheadwhenIpushedit(我沒有留意到那機關,一推半開的門,門上放着的空盒就掉在我頭上)。