Shirtless gentleman arrested for shooting corncobs at neighbor's home with potato gun


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/02/shirtless-gentleman-arrested-f.html


#2

I understand that you are legally obligated to say that.


#3

If you own a home with neighbors you prolly went, “Eh … could happen.”


#4

I love it when journalism focuses on what matters.


#5

So was this a corn cob gun or a potato gun?


#6

He’s just making America great again.


#7

In my neck of the woods, the only interactions I’ve had with the neighborfolk is just waving as I come home and leave. Oh, and once a house on the street caught fire so we all came out and tried to remember that family’s name. None of us could because we never talk.


#8

Pfft. Hunter S. Thompson is not impressed. He know how to feud with neighbors.


#9

“Corn on the cob? More like corn in your face! Coboom!” - is what I wouldn’t have said because I’m not into that kind of thing.


#10

Wow who knew it was against the law to use corn cob ammo in a potato gun?


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#12

It’s just a game we play. I shoot a few vegetables his general direction, he sends his cat over to do a number on my trash cans.


#13

Granted, you could play it safer with a smaller caliber.
While in college, a few work buddies and I fashioned a grape gun when the workload was slow. Very effective, the ammo would clear at least 75 feet, and strike with a very satisfying splat against the abandoned business across the way.


#14

Hmm, one could probably use such a device to deliver olives to @japhroaig
However, I do recommending getting drunk and not shooting in the general direction of @japhroaig or any other Jeremy or living thing with it.


#15

It always ends in tears. And lawsuits. And let’s be honest, the excuse to buy a new tweed suit.


#16

Hunter S Thompson was a remarkable man. That said, I don’t regret never having him for a neighbor.


#17

My dad tells a story of when he was working on the Gates estate renovation. There was a welding team working on the car garage that built a spud gun. Powered with oxy-acetylene with an electric ignition. When it was completed, nobody had an appropriate projectile. So they used a 3 inch nut that had its hollow filled in with epoxy. They thought they shot it in a safe direction but that thing ended up totaling a neighbor’s car.


#18

I love happy little stories like that. What could go wrong with such a stunt?


#19

Slingshots and marshmallows. The smack sound they make when hitting bare skin is quite satisfying. And believe it or not, marshmallows sting like crazy when they hit their target!


#20

Oxy-acetylene?

When I was in high school, our industrial arts teacher gave us a demonstration of the power of oxy-acetylene.

First, he filled a balloon with pure oxygen, lit a splint and held it to the balloon. Pop.

Next, he filled a balloon with pure acetylene, lit a splint and held it up. Bang.

Then filled a balloon with oxy-actylene and said, “Stand well back, open all the windows and hold your hands in front of your ears.”

Long story short: a bunch of sixteen-year-old males learned you do not fuck with oxy-acetylene.