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Gaelic slinging - death by cheese!
Aug 4th, 2009 at 7:26am
 
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Killer cheese, sling pouches, staff slings..... lots of good stuff Smiley
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Reply #1 - Aug 5th, 2009 at 10:18am
 
must have been parmesan Wink
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Reply #2 - Aug 5th, 2009 at 1:09pm
 
I don't know, CA, I had some cheddar s when I was over there that were pretty hard. Besides, I seem to recall there are villages in Britain that do cheese rolls down hills for sport. That has to be some serious cheese to survive.

Of course, she could have been cut by it's sharpness. Roll Eyes
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Re: Gaelic slinging - death by cheese!
Reply #3 - Aug 5th, 2009 at 7:06pm
 
slingbadger wrote on Aug 5th, 2009 at 1:09pm:
I don't know, CA, I had some cheddar s when I was over there that were pretty hard. Besides, I seem to recall there are villages in Britain that do cheese rolls down hills for sport. That has to be some serious cheese to survive.

Of course, she could have been cut by it's sharpness. Roll Eyes


perhaps extra sharp aged white cheddar? the good kind (as in not 75% wax) is pretty hefty... Grin


on a more serious note, i remember a guy on you tube who makes paper arrows, just as good as your normal arrow, but only usable for 5 times, shot an untipped paper arrow at cardboard from a 30 pound bow and would have went all the way through and kept moving if the fletching had gotten in the way. a sling would be much stronger and the speeds reached could have easily been fast enough to lodge into a head. plus this is myth we're talking about...
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Reply #4 - Aug 6th, 2009 at 6:48am
 
True. There always is exaggeration in myth. There are stories of lead bullets being slung so fast they melt in mid air, stones knocking peoples brains out the backs of their heads.
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Reply #5 - Aug 6th, 2009 at 12:00pm
 
slingbadger wrote on Aug 6th, 2009 at 6:48am:
True. There always is exaggeration in myth. There are stories of lead bullets being slung so fast they melt in mid air, stones knocking peoples brains out the backs of their heads.


must have a pretty small brain... Grin
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Reply #6 - Aug 6th, 2009 at 9:17pm
 
Nope, large stone that knocks the entire brain out of the persons head. Same as the story of the one eyed giant Balor who gets his eyed knocked out the back of his head.
  The idea was simply to show the strength of the hero through his weapon. Just like killing 50 people with the swipe of one sword.
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Reply #7 - Aug 7th, 2009 at 11:48am
 
slingbadger wrote on Aug 6th, 2009 at 9:17pm:
Nope, large stone that knocks the entire brain out of the persons head. Same as the story of the one eyed giant Balor who gets his eyed knocked out the back of his head.
 The idea was simply to show the strength of the hero through his weapon. Just like killing 50 people with the swipe of one sword.


heck long word or maybe his face was so ugly that when he looked at them they disintegrated...
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Reply #8 - Aug 10th, 2009 at 10:07pm
 
"stones knocking peoples brains out the backs of their heads. [/quote]"

That can really happen tho.
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Reply #9 - Aug 22nd, 2009 at 11:32am
 
I found the description of the "staff sling" interesting.  Rather than using the staff to hold a conventional sling/pouch arrangement, this description indicates using a rather whippy stick and the "pouch" merely holds the stone in place at the end of the stick till it's released.

Might be fun to play with....
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Reply #10 - Sep 9th, 2009 at 8:27am
 
Doesn't sound like it would work very well with a whippy stick
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Reply #11 - Sep 10th, 2009 at 12:40am
 
Medieval illustrations often show staff slings where the sling is extremely short, merely a pouch to hold the projectile. In fact there's a clip on YouTube showing such a staff sling in use. However the staff itself appears rigid not flexible.

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Reply #12 - Oct 20th, 2009 at 9:16am
 
So we need to test the validity of this Irish story. Only one way to do that!
We need to show whether or not a piece of cheese is capable of that sort of damage. For historys sake.
Hmm, the cheese would need to be edible and available in Ireland at the time. Did they have parmesan?
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