Catapults Can Be Fun

Catapults Can Be Fun

 

This is not a post giving a detailed history of catapults. Nor does this post supply insights for design approaches for such devices. This post attempts to give an overview of the progression of the invention from its inception, to current day uses and misuses of the technology through videos. As weapons go, the catapult is my all time favorite, although discouraged in most neighborhoods.

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Catapult: A device in which accumulate tension is suddenly released to hurl an object some distance. Probably originating in the 5th century BC, the catapult was commonly used in the medieval period as a siege weapon against castles and fortified walled cities. Today the catapult is used to launch planes from aircraft carriers, although the design differs from those applied to throwing stones at castle walls.

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Videos On Catapults

 

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Note

This post prompted by the following passage from the novel, The Field Trip:

As the nose of the helicopter edged into view, the two pulled once more on the cords, as a maelstrom of leaves, dust, and twigs swirled around them. Ross made another frantic adjustment on the homemade catapult, inserted stones in each cup, and then waited for the menacing aircraft to attain a position on the far side of the clearing.

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