Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Things No One Should Ever Have To Hear (I'm Starting a Collection...)

"Mom, I'm going over to D's house to build a trebuchet."

For those of you lucky enough to be uninitiated in, as www.trebuchet.com calls it, "the art of hurling," a trebuchet looks like this:


I have been assured that this is a sanctioned (required, even) physics project and it may actually be, which leads me to wonder: Don't physics teachers have children, too?

The goal is to create a trebuchet capable of flinging--oops, hurling--a small to medium-sized pumpkin. Son-One is aiming a little higher. We have an old (no longer functioning) 19" TV which he has deemed badly in need of hurling.

Hey, physics teachers, I can hurl without a trebuchet. Wanna see?

7 comments:

  1. That is amazing. Gee. I wish I had that physics teacher. Mine had a thing about bowling balls and about girls not being any good at physics.

    Still, hurling a television... That would be something. Take pictures if it ever happens, okay?

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  2. Yes pictures please. Both of the trebuchet (might need to know how to build one when the tot is a teen) and the flinging of pumpkins and televisions (and whatever else the boys will think of flinging...remember to hide small dogs and cats during this time).

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  3. very old little sister10/12/06, 12:14 PM

    Does this list go next to your list of things mothers should never have to say?
    "Please help your brother get his head out of the dresser drawer."

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  4. Oh, there will definitely be pictures--though I am afraid that they may be confiscated as evidence in any civil or criminal actions resulting from the flinging of televisions or anything else. I have to say I'm actually grateful the kids have an outlet for this type of creativity. They've always been into building large and potentially dangerous things--at least maybe this time they'll get a good grade out of it and not just a visit to the emergency room. :)

    As for lists--motherhood, it's all about the lists, isn't it? If I weren't taking notes, I'm not sure how I'd make it through. :)

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  5. I second, or is it third? what ever, I demand pictures too!

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  6. All this from a show about Pumkin' Chunkin'.

    From TV to the classroom. I think I might even learn physics too!

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  7. my husband is obsessed with building one. he always says, 'in our next house, i want to have room for a trebuchet!'.

    i need a condo!

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