Thursday, February 16, 2006

Potato Guns in the News

Probation over chopper shoot threat -
News.Com.Au Feb 15

A QUEENSLAND man who twice threatened to shoot down a helicopter with a homemade bazooka and tomatoes fired from a spud gun has been sentenced to two years probation.

Anthony Douglas Donohue, 35, today pleaded guilty in Southport Magistrates Court to two counts of threatening to endanger the safety of an aircraft.
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Cheek wants to spin some gold into a good cause -
Detroit News Feb 14

Joey Cheek, the newest American champion, politely apologized to the assembled media and said he'd have to skip the cute stories this time, the ones about growing from an inline-skating kid in North Carolina into a speedskating gold medalist on the widest, whitest ice in the world.

"The potato gun story, huh?" Cheek said with a laugh. "Last time I'll tell it. You know, you can get pretty bored in speedskating training."

In his spare time ("you get bored during speedskating training") he learned to build an explosive-powered potato gun out of PVC pipe. You stuff a potato in one end, fill the other with hair spray, make a spark and, boom.

"The potato shoots 300 yards," he smiled.

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