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Oxford Student Shooting Death

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Keith, Jul 16, 2003.

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  1. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Two Charged After Human Catapult Death
    Tue Jul 15, 7:10 AM ET Add Oddly Enough - Reuters to My Yahoo!

    LONDON (Reuters) - 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.
  2. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Guesses as to BAC levels?
  3. Sylvilagus Aquaticus

    Sylvilagus Aquaticus Well-Known Member

    I seem to recall that this was the generally accepted (and desired) result of hurling a human via trebuchet. I know of one account where at least one diplomat was returned to his mission inside a besieged city that way.

    He reportedly made a splendid stain on the wall of said city.


    I still plan to build one as a fall project.

    Now they'll make safety restraints, airbags, and impact bumpers mandatory on all trebuchets. They should instead install emission controls on English and Bulgarians who breed such idjit kids.

  4. Kharn

    Kharn Well-Known Member

    There's (usually) quite a difference of size and design between a trebuchet and a catapult, which one was it?

  5. Mostly Harmless

    Mostly Harmless Well-Known Member

    A hurling death, rather than a shooting one

    Cum catapultae proscribeantur tum soli proscripti catapultas habeant.

    It was a trebuchet. They are totally different mechanisms and "people tossing" by trebuchet has become something of a sport.

    Me I'd rather hurl pumpkins with one than be hurled myself...

  6. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    I suspect that Bulgarians just aren't very aerodynamic.

    Regardless, such weapons have no purpose other than to launch rocks, burning debris, cows, pianos (and Bulgarians) at targets for the express purpose of creating havoc!
    They should be banned; or heavily taxed, regulated and licensed so that only rich people and celebrities can own them - people who have a legitimate reason to launch Bulgarians!

  7. Dave P

    Dave P Well-Known Member

    How do -you- spell stupid???
  8. pax

    pax Well-Known Member

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