In his spare time—which was presumably limited—Leonardo da Vinci was fond of drawing plans for contraptions and weaponry, most of which were never actually built. But with a few common items, it’s easy to bring his double-armed catapult to life.
I don't know who is smarter. The dog owner (apparently, an engineer) who built this catapult to allow his dog to play fetch with itself or the dog who knows how to use the contraption so perfectly that it can keep itself entertained when its owner is busy. Either way, they're both genius.
Ah, the blob jump. It's the timeless practice of using people to launch people. Trust me, you'll know what it is when you see it. This video shows a blob jump that sent someone 55 feet in the air, a Guinness world record.
There's not much to add to this AP story: "Pot-firing catapult found at Arizona-Mexico border". It's a catapult. It fires pot. National Guard troops spied on drug smugglers using it to shoot marijuana over the border, then seized it.
Unemployment is high these days—which means you have lots of competition when it comes to job searching. Lay siege to prospective employers with the Cardapult and you will certainly win the day.
We've seen before how fun getting launched in the air over a body of water can be. Now we have another way to do it: the AirKick Human Water Catapult. Powered by air and water, the AirKick launches people over 26 feet in the air and into either a pool or a foam pit. Creator Jochen Schweizer explains it thusly:
A businessman in the UK has come up with a novel way to deal with potential thieves: firing chickenshit at them from a 30-foot catapult. Joe Watson-Webb, a retired showman, had the iron trebuchet left over from his days as a showman, and gets his avian ammo from the farm next door. Local cops have said that they will…
One of our favorite episodes of Junkyard Wars was the pumpkin-flinging catapult competition so when we saw these functional mini catapult and trebuchet kits we briefly but immediately wished we lived somewhere with a yard big enough to use them—the catapult can hurl things ten feet and the trebuchet twenty, so they…