Mechanism Of the Brass Panjandrum
The panjandrum was an enormous cart with wheels ten feet in diameter, packed with explosives and powered by rockets, that was built by the British during World War II. Tests of the device proved disastrous, with the uncontrollable panjandrum shooting rockets in every direction, nearly incinerating onlookers.
Today it is claimed that the project was a hoax intended to frighten the Germans. Maybe this is true, and maybe the British were just embarrassed by the thing.
Now, the first use of the term occurs in this interesting 1755 quote from British actor Samuel Foote:
"So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage-leaf to make an apple-pie; and at the same time a great she-bear, coming up the street, pops its head into the shop. ‘What! No soap?’ So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber; and there were present the Picninnies, and the Joblillies, and the Garyulies, and the grand PANJANDRUM himself, with the little round button at the top, and they all fell to playing the game of catch as catch can till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots."
As is often the case with my commentaries, none of this interesting information has anything to do with the picture.
The important thing is that you learned something.
In a way.