Monday, April 20, 2009

more background info please

lego catapult
Picture from the eternal ephemeron blog

One of the news items on the last "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" show was about longtime UK resident, Joe Weston-Webb.

The Nottinghamshire Police informed him that is chicken dung catapult would be illegal to use as a security device. It's not use of “reasonable force”. It's a large one - 30 ft long.

Ok that itself is a strange humorous news story.


The background story is better than the current headline story.

Why does he happen to have a catapult?

Well Joe of Grumpy Joe’s Flooring
had this catapult left over from the days he was trying to throw his wife across the river.


Stop - lets listen in as the two converse in the garden:

Mrs. Gumpy - "Joe I told you to get rid of that damn catapult years ago."

Grumpy - "Just come over here and help me load it."

Mrs. Gumpy - "Oh no, you are NOT putting me on that again. What is that awful smell?"

Grumpy - "Oh, shit."


Joe of Grumpy Joe’s Flooring was a stuntman in years past. He also has a cannon that can be loaded with a person. Around his place is an exploding coffin (how often would you need one of those?) and a car with wings.

He really needs to write a book. People will want to know.

Telegraph UK
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