Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ultimate Halloween Trick: Pumpkin Trebuchet

Some New Jersey teens built a trebuchet, a type of catapult, as a summer project, and have been happily launching pumpkins as projectiles.

They say they want to build a mobile one next (presumably in time for Halloween).

For those who might not be up on medieval siege engines, here is what a trebuchet looks like:

It worked off of a counterweight, and projectiles were loaded into a pouch at the end of ropes attached to the launching arm. The principle is similar to that of a sling.

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