The Heavy Awesomest Guide to Catapults: Let’s Fling Some Dead Horses

Who doesn’t love a good catapult? Vaulting a projectile through the air, calculating where you think it will land… there’s a certain enjoyment that comes from seeing catapults in action and using one yourself. Slingshots are considered one of the earliest forms of catapults but as defenses and castle walls were erected, catapults got bigger and threw nastier s**t. So get ready cause we’re diving into the deep end of the Awesomest Guide first!

Taken at the very same place that Yankov died, comes this video. Sometimes even when you land on the safety net, you’re still not out of danger as evidenced above. The woman was rushed off to the hospital immediately.

Ah yes, hillbillies and slingshots. In modern times most catapults that are used are used to throw claypigeons into the air for skeet shooting. Well these backwood boys didn’t have one of them fancy doohickeys so they made a tree slingshot and threw them clay pigeons in the air themselves. Well, in the air and into their own chests too. Ouch.

Since we’ve broached the subject of slingshot fails… This is an instant viral classic when it hit the web a couple years back. If you haven’t seen it ever, or just haven’t seen it in awhile do yourself a favor and watch it now. The Amazing Race Woman Watermelon Face Smash. Enjoy.

Something ingrained in human DNA makes us always want to incorporate burning fuels and explosions with just about everything possible. It’s no different when it comes to catapults. And like any good video found on Heavy, it’s full of sweet, delicious failure. Incendiary ammunition!

Team Mythbusters even got in on all the catapulting, testing a myth that back in medieval times, people would use the trees themselves as catapults to fling disease-rotted corpses into their enemies lovely castle. See if this myth gets busted!

What’s a man to do with loads of money and an unhealthy obsession with medieval siege weaponry? Why build one himself and use it to launch whole cars and dangerous explosives of course! What a wanker.

Over at Warwick Castle in jolly ol’ England (where else?) this massive trebuchet was constructed using medieval techniques. The trebuchet is absolutely massive and really “comes to life” once it’s fired.

The Punkin Chunkin Festival holds all manner of trebuchet, catapult, and many other forms of projectile weaponry. All in the hopes of chucking a pumpkin the furthest. Check out some of these massive beasts in action.

So there you have it folks, a Heavy Awesomest Guide to Catapults! We hope you’ve enjoyed it! Let us know your favorite story or video in the comments below!

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