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.
Some stress tests fall way outside the realm of predictable scenarios, and those are our favorites. At Gadgetoff 2009, Lenovo let some guys launch two ThinkPads from a trebuchet, just because. They get destroyed, but fare better than expected.
This unique Anglepoise lamp from the designers at Fresh West may have been inspired by old Far Eastern bamboo scaffolding—but it looks more like something that could hurl a projectile over a castle wall.
The Trebuchet Toaster concept from Ivo Vos' Brunch Collection "celebrates the mundane" buy hurling toast across the room onto your plate.
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…
When we first spotted this Stirling Warwolf Trebuchet kit, we thought our dreams had come true. At last we could defeat our neighbors, if not in a landscaping-off, at least in an old fashioned, purely American arms race. But then we saw the all-too-reasonable price of $189. And we knew this trebuchet was only …
If the USB missile launcher is a little too new-school for you, the desktop trebuchet may be the perfect addition to that arsenal of cubical warfare weapons. It is available for $30 and assembly is required.
Launch yourself into a better position at your place of business by launching assorted office supplies at your boss' head. This page contains plans for your own mini office trebuchet—that's kind of like a catapult—and send things a flyin'.
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…