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Old 07-15-2003, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Death by catapult

British police charged two men with manslaughter Tuesday following the death of an Oxford University student who was flung from a giant catapult.

Bulgarian Konstadin Yankov, 19, died last November when the stunt near the West Country town of Bridgewater went wrong.
"He had been thrown by a replica medieval catapult and failed to reach the landing net," said a police spokeswoman.

Yankov was on an outing with the Oxford Stunt Factory, an unofficial club at Oxford University where he was studying biochemistry. He had been the sixth person that day to be launched from the "trebuchet" catapult.
Organizers said at the time Yankov had been properly weighed and that the machine had been correctly calibrated before he was fired in a 30-yard arc. They did not know what had gone wrong.
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Old 07-15-2003, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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See what happens when you mix university students and a catapult? Kids these days....sheesh!
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Old 07-15-2003, 01:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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"MY TURN MY TURN MY TURN!!!!!"








(insert gruesome onomatopeia here)
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Old 07-15-2003, 06:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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"MY TURN MY TURN MY TURN!!!!!"








(insert gruesome onomatopeia here)
squeak, squeak, squeak.....WHOOOSH!!....AAAAAHHHHHHHH....BLAAPPHH!!

How was that?
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Old 07-15-2003, 06:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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probably better than mine wrkime, mine was

*splat*
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Old 07-15-2003, 06:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Now that was a cunning stunt.

Sorry.Someone had to say it.
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Old 07-15-2003, 06:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think we may be seeing an early finalist for this year's Darwin award.
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Old 07-15-2003, 06:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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We haven't had a good catapult-related death for a while...
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Old 07-16-2003, 12:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Jeez I wouldn't trust a catapult......
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Old 07-16-2003, 12:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Man, you'd have to account for all kinds of shit; body shape, position, aerodynamics, vomit, etc.

Fucking idiots.
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Old 07-16-2003, 02:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Now that was a cunning stunt.

Sorry.Someone had to say it.
I shall refer to him as a...STUNNING CUNT! Haha, puns are fun for everyone.
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Old 07-16-2003, 05:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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They said it was a trebuchet yet everyone keeps calling it a catapult. Given the wording of the article, it was obviously a trebuchet and not a catepult, with the author being a idiot for not knowing the difference. There are major differences between the two. I think that trebuchets are much more fun to build and play with. I built one in my High School AP Physics class. It was great fun! We launched softballs though, not humans. I can clearly understand why one would do that, but not why one wouldn't have the safety net streaching all the way to the trebuchet. The person being launch should also have some safety gear on before trying the stunt.
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Old 07-16-2003, 06:01 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You can spend all that money to send your kid to college and then he gets pissed and launches himself into a bloody medieval death.
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Old 07-22-2003, 06:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
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ahh how glorious that stupid people kill themselves for our amusement
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