Saturday, March 08, 2008

Keep off this Guy's Flooring!

I have a 30ft catapult filled with chicken droppings – and I’m not afraid to use it - Times Online: "The headquarters of Joe Weston-Webb’s portable flooring empire is protected by security fencing, motion-sensor lights and CCTV cameras.

None of these conventional measures has deterred arsonists, however, and in desperation, Mr Weston-Webb has now fortified his defences with less orthodox technology left over from his time as a travelling showman.

A 30ft Roman catapult, loaded with chicken droppings from a nearby farm is primed each evening. And a cannon, which Mr Weston-Webb once used to shoot his wife across the River Avon, will fire a railway sleeper if triggered by an intruder."


Todd Mason said...

A railway sleeper? Lionel or Pullman?

Brent McKee said...

In Britain, a railway sleeper is what we in North America call a tie or a cross tie - one of those big chunks of timber that hold the rails at the proper gauge. Which is probably more than a bit of an over-reaction and could probably get him a spell in the nick (jail) if it was actually fired. If it hit someone it would at least severely injure them if not kill them, and if it is set as an unsupervised booby trap...

I mean the chicken poop catapult is just good clean fun, but a railway tie?

Still I've got to say it. He mentions that he used to fire his wife out of the cannon but she got too big to do that. Obviously women of theat caliber are hard to find.

Bill Crider said...

I'm glad you beat the Cap'n to that one, Brent.