Potato Cannon

Posted by Sherry on 7/8/2004 in General |

Engineer Husband and Karate Kid just got back from Home Depot where they went, not to buy any necessary items for our home, but rather to purchase the materials needed to construct a potato cannon. Now I grew up in a home with one and only one sister. Potato cannons were not an element that figured into my childhood. I’m trying to imagine what you shoot the potatoes at. Squirrels? Fences? People? What kind of velocity are we talking about here? Raising boys–even though we only have two of them–is an educational experience in and of itself, especially with Engineer Husband. I should tell one of his fireworks stories on the blog sometime.


  • TulipGirl says:

    The last time I visited my ILs, my 16 y/o bil showed me the Spud Launcher he and his cousin made last summer. Oh, my! Like you, I had no clue this was part of the boyhood culture. I told him I was expecting him to bring it on our next family reunion to show our boys. . .

  • Semicolon says:

    […] Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices by William Gurstelle. You can read here about how Engineer Husband and Karate Kid planned to build a potato cannon. I will finish the story by reporting that the potato cannon was a huge success, the potatoes hit the fence with a satisfying thud, and no animals were injured or mistreated in the production or execution of this project. […]

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