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I think the plumbata are vindicated by ending up on the list of worst toys ever. Oops, make that lawn darts:

Toy or weapon?

How many of you have seen all ten of these? How many of you have eliminated a sibling with them?

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Yes - plumbatae rule!!!! Big Grin
Quote:Sadly, today's underage boys will never know the primal excitement of a summer's evening spent impaling friends before suppertime.
Aww, the poor sods.. Well, join the Late Romans and ye shall have yer fun after all! Before suppertime and after! :twisted:

I also want this for my kids - real artillery!

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I had so many of these as a child. We used to sharpen them on my friends bench grinder, and throw them at trees!
Quote:I had so many of these as a child. We used to sharpen them on my friends bench grinder, and throw them at trees!
What ..... artillary cannons .......??? :roll: :lol:
My favorite on the list was the (very un-Roman) Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab. The cloud chamber and Geiger counter both sound like cool gadgets. Unlike the lawn-darts, the kit doesn't probably isn't nearly as dangerous as it sounds, since U-238 is fairly harmless unless it's powdered or burned, then inhaled. I wonder what such a kit would go for on Ebay, if still in working order.
'U-238 is fairly harmless unless it's powdered or burned, then inhaled'
Mmmh, exactly the kind of operations that a kid would perform with it... Tongue

Aitor :lol:
Does that sign mean you must not use the underarm method of throwing? Big Grin

Graham.
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Primvs Pavlvs:no73mpc4 Wrote:I had so many of these as a child. We used to sharpen them on my friends bench grinder, and throw them at trees!
What ..... artillary cannons .......??? :roll: :lol:

Nope no cannons, but I did buy a musket when I was 14, and that uses black powder.
A media appearance of a lawn dart:

On tonight's Saturday Night Live rerun, they had a "Redneck Emergency Room" segment (or whatever it's called), which featured a guy with a lawn dart stuck in his head, among the other weird injuries. (I just turned it on to see if they had a new one this week.)