The Blue Ridge Super Duper Spud Cannon

September 3, 2006 at 9:12 am 8 comments

 spudgun Breaking News: Duck!

The Washington Post asks a silly question and gets an honest answer.

“Why was it done? Why bother to craft a simple but elegant hand-held cannon that can fire a naked potato 300 yards at speeds approaching 300 miles per hour? Why why why?

Perhaps it is best articulated by the legendary Joel D. Suprise, the laird of the Spudgun Technology Center of Appleton, Wis. — “Because we are men; and because we can.”

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. digitalbrownshirt  |  September 3, 2006 at 11:47 am

    I believe that the IRA invented the first high powered spud gun, but they decided it was easier to use bombs instead. It’s hard to shoot straight when you’re drunk.

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  • 2. Retired Geezer  |  September 3, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    My friend made one. Used hairspray for the fuel. He shot a hole in his shed… we’re talking 1/2″ siding.

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  • 3. Michael  |  September 3, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    Friend of mine had one when we lived in Texas. It was fantastic. Nuthin’s better than drinking, eating barbecue, and launching taters out over the Texas Hill Country.

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  • 4. Elzbth  |  September 3, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    I am deprived. I have never had a friend who had one, and I really want to see one of those things shot.

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  • 5. HayZeus  |  September 3, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    If I knew these guys personally I’d be sure to invite you out to the East side to have a look at their 1337 potato-firing sk1llz. Maybe I should try and befriend them before your season pass runs out. 😉

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  • 6. Elzbth  |  September 3, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    But HayZeus, you know everything. You could make one yourself.  In fact, you could probably improve upon it, and do some additional wiring or something. 

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  • 7. HayZeus  |  September 3, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    Perhaps. I don’t think that the neighbors would take too kindly to the usage of their houses as target practice, however. 😉

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  • 8. beepbeepitsme  |  September 5, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    I wonder if they fire spuds like this?

    RE spud

    The Virgin Mary and the Baby Jesus Appear On A Potato
    http://beepbeepitsme.blogspot.com/2006/09/virgin-mary-and-baby-jesus-appear-on.html

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