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October 9, 2007 8:36 PM   Subscribe

On the menu this evening: 3) Human Catapult, trebuchet-flavored with a side of net. Human catapult, with parachute landing. Short version. Human catapult, without release. 2) Hammer juggling, well done. 1) X-wing vs. Y-Wing.
posted by loquacious (15 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
If we're talking human catapult, some key background reading: Extreme Oxford.
posted by gwint at 8:40 PM on October 9, 2007


Wow! That guy nailed a nail into a ceiling beam with airborne juggling hammers? WHAT? Was that for real?

But I bet he couldn't juggle those hammers in a cone.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:47 PM on October 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


The hammers. Nickname of what English football club? (Actually, that was pretty great.)

And who would have thought that a scotch-tape and cardboard X-wing would disintegrate .067 seconds into its flight?
posted by maxwelton at 9:54 PM on October 9, 2007


And who would have thought that a scotch-tape and cardboard X-wing would disintegrate .067 seconds into its flight?

Scotch tape, cardboard and giant fucking hobby rocket motors. It makes a nerd proud, that. Reminds me of the D-6-12 rocket Lego cars I once made.

The results were predictable. Lego scattered down about a half mile of abandoned airstrip tarmac and loose motors twirling and hissing about overhead. The old, stuffy R/C plane hobbyists using another leg of tarmac nearby were pissed. They thought it was intentional anti-aircraft missle fire. I've never seen a half-dozen fishing-hat wearing old duffers use so many blue words to tell us exactly how many ways we could get off their goddamn lawn.
posted by loquacious at 10:14 PM on October 9, 2007


The sound of the inside of my head as I perused this post:

"Hmm, this stuff sounds interesting enough. I'd better see if anyone else thinks so before spending my time clicking on links.

Really? While juggling the hammers? Okay, that sounds worth checking out.

I'd better turn this up, I can't understand what this guy is saying. Oh, he's not speaking English. Foreigners have magical foreigner skills, I guess (flashback to parkour videos). He's a pretty good juggler. Oh look, there is a nail in the beam. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. Magic. Magical foreigner.

Human trebuchet? What's that about? Sounds wacky. Is it someone else magical?

JAPANESE Human Cata-- ah, that's about par for the course. Those wacky Japanese."
posted by lostburner at 10:19 PM on October 9, 2007


What about those wacky French and those wacky rednecks?
posted by loquacious at 10:20 PM on October 9, 2007


No matter what, Japanese will always hold the top post in the wacky hierarchy.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:30 PM on October 9, 2007


The hammers pounding in the nail were cool.

I have this friend who once worked at this place with autistic kids, and he told me about this kid who could juggle water. Water? you may ask. Yes, water.

Apparently he could get his hand into just the right curvature to be able to pull up balls of water and juggle them. They would remain balls of water as he juggled.

The place has long since closed. I hope he's doing okay wherever he is.
posted by eye of newt at 11:02 PM on October 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


The amazing thing about the X-Wing was that it disintegrated in the exact same way that the X-Wings in TIE Fighter disintegrated.
posted by bbuda at 11:31 PM on October 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


Apparently he could get his hand into just the right curvature to be able to pull up balls of water and juggle them. They would remain balls of water as he juggled.

OK. I know that this YouTube smorgasborg I did is a pretty weak post, generally speaking, but I've been bored and haven't posted anything in a while. I think maybe I'm getting old and the youngsters are getting the draw on me.

But this comment makes it totally worth-while, whether eye of newt was being bullshit or not.

The merest concept of such a thing being possible is fucking incredible and has to be one of the most amazing things I've ever heard of. Having grown up around autistic kids (in California's Head Start program as a kid myself as my mom volunteered or worked there) and having an affinity for them over the years, I can suspend my disbelief and accept that it may be so.

Eat that, David-Bowie-As Jared-the-Goblin-King!

...know that there is and always has been more wonder in this universe than we will ever know.
posted by loquacious at 12:11 AM on October 10, 2007


OK. I know that this YouTube smorgasborg I did is a pretty weak post

Well, at least you know it...

but I've been bored and haven't posted anything in a while.

But you should also know that neither of these are anywhere near good reasons to post to MetaFilter.

BUT OMG THAT HAMMER GUY WUZ FUKKIN AWESOME
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:45 AM on October 10, 2007


More Trebuchet action:

Tossing a piano.

Tossing another piano, this one on fire. (I was there for this one=awesome)
posted by donovan at 2:42 AM on October 10, 2007


eye of newt was being bullshit or not

I'm sure he wasn't being bullshit -- just gullible.

I can suspend my disbelief and accept that it may be so.

You know who else could defy the laws of physics by actually walking on water? I wonder if autism is the explanation there as well? He just practiced for so long that the curvature of His feet ensured that the water remained solid long enough for Him to take each step.

That stunt will cost you a tenth of your income, in perpetuity, please.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:57 AM on October 10, 2007


Doubting the hammers. Each hammer hits the nail but continues rotating in the same direction. That's plausible from an angular momentum POV since the torque may have been less than needed to rebound...but how did the hammer slip off the nail to continue that rotation? I mean, if you imagine just doing the same thing while holding onto the hammer, you'd have to hit the nail and then just continue your swing in the same direction. That doesn't happen. In real life, you hit the hammer and then either lift it up off or move it to the side and start it moving again....neither of which happens with the thrown hammers.
posted by DU at 5:11 AM on October 10, 2007


The friend of mine's life was in the autistic school and he was really crushed when it was closed, so I believe him when he tells me this story--and he really tells it with passion. The kid really made an impression on him.

That being said, I admit I didn't see it for myself.
posted by eye of newt at 7:54 AM on October 10, 2007


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