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Catapult Indian
Arrow

The Headmaster
Posted on: 3 June 2006, 9:57am

When I was a boy with a liking for such things we discovered that far better than homemade bows to project our arrows was a simple piece of string, with a knot at one end.

First make your arrow from a straight stick, spilt at one end to receive the cardboard flights and with a nail hammered into the other end for weight. Wrap the knotted end of the string once round the flighted end of the arrow, catch it on the knot and pull it taut to the nail end of the arrow. Holding this end of the string and the tip of the arrow you then launch the arrow using an overarm bowling action.

An arrow thrown by a practiced ten-year-old could travel as much as 100 yards, before coming to earth with possibly deadly consequences. Harmful to neighbours' greenhouses too.

Oh, and it's politically incorrect for school alphabets because the above described behaviour is now frowned upon. Probably was then too. See also catapult.

This is one of the earliest alphabet cards (excepting Adam and Eve of course), see on the left a recently unearthed clay Phoenician alphabet tablet dated circa the 9th century BC.

The text on this page is archived from The Politically Incorrect Alphabet Forum - which unfortunately broke on August 2nd 2006 through overuse. A list of completed un-PC illustrations and their archived threads can be found here.

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