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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Beer company constructs 30-foot catapults to pelt beer gods with barley   (smh.com.au) divider line 43
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2006-02-13 09:33:50 PM
Also, it's good for catapulting bootleggers.
 
2006-02-13 09:50:18 PM
I'm far from being an expert on medieval rock flingin', but isn't that thing in the picture technically a trebuchet and not a catapult? I seem to recall sleeping through a discussion of these things during a physics class back when they were considered state of the art technology.
 
2006-02-13 10:05:23 PM
RainForest: isn't that thing in the picture technically a trebuchet and not a catapult?


Yes, you are correct. It's a trebuchet. They're really nifty for throwing pumpkins.

Something about the way the sling accellorates the projectile on a path that relases at the time when all of the forces are maxed out, makes the projectile travel significantly farther than you'd expect.

I propose we build one but we should keep Drew away from it after he's been drinking.
 
2006-02-14 12:20:08 AM
My old scout troop is building a trebuchet to throw sponges at other troops.

/first the district
//then the world!
 
2006-02-14 12:25:58 AM
www.lileks.com
 
2006-02-14 12:28:00 AM
Pelt some this way, my brothers.
 
2006-02-14 12:29:16 AM
Someone doesn't know their catapult from a trebuchet.

No beer for you!
 
2006-02-14 12:32:00 AM
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Guess there's no reason to build that auger to heaven...
 
2006-02-14 12:33:06 AM
...and I can't deny. Cause it's Beer Company, till the day I die.
 
2006-02-14 12:35:11 AM
Still sucking-up for that elusive "Official Fark-Poster of Sierra Nevada" spot.
 
2006-02-14 12:37:25 AM
beer gods? in my heaven there are just volcanoes of beer.
 
2006-02-14 12:39:09 AM
I wouldn't mind some good ole beer rain at some point
 
2006-02-14 12:41:58 AM
Good God Almighty I'm in envy! I want it to rain beer where I live. Preferably the beer I like.
 
2006-02-14 01:01:52 AM
Quick1: Also, it's good for catapulting bootleggers.

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/Indeed.
 
2006-02-14 01:05:31 AM
dude, does that work?
I totally have some 2X4s behind my house if it does.

/kidding
//wanna learn to brew mead.
 
2006-02-14 01:07:32 AM
Ah! That's what the residents of Minas Tirith do with their trebuchets when the orcs aren't attacking.

www.parametro.it
 
2006-02-14 01:10:15 AM
David Nobay, executive creative director at the ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi, said: "Frankly, our focus was less on responding to Big Ad than in getting away from the cliches in beer advertising where a bunch of bogans at a bar drag their knuckles down the other end to tell tit jokes to their mates."

I guess the idea of using scantily clad, large breasted women to sell beer has escaped Australian marketing forces. Seems to work ok here, maybe it doesn't translate.

/sheep in bikinis?
 
2006-02-14 01:12:56 AM
mike_d85
Brewing mead is easy. There's tons of resources online. All you really need is an airtight container, some honey, water, and yeast.
Personally, I use 5 lbs of honey per gallon of water and a champangne yeast. It takes awhile, but the result is strong and very sweet. The hangover is another story....
 
2006-02-14 01:26:43 AM
Oh, wait a minute, I just realized that they are launching barley, not beer. What the hell am I going to do with a bunch of barley?



Can you smoke barley, by the way?
 
2006-02-14 01:33:16 AM
Um, crypt0z0ic, if you take barley, roast it to a golden brown, boil the barley in cheesecloth for a while, then add some hops, let it cool a bit, pour the liquid with yeast into an airtight container with some sort of device for allowing CO2 to escape, in a month or so you have beer.

/The More You Know!
 
2006-02-14 01:41:09 AM
Human Dude:

Yeah, like I have the will power or focus of mind to do all of that. I would much rather it just rained beer. Then I could put a few buckets outside and be good for a few days.
 
2006-02-14 02:02:37 AM
The site appears to be farked. If you click on the "Toohey's New Ad" link to watch the ad, it's "not available".

Has anyone saved it somewhere else?
 
2006-02-14 02:16:01 AM
The better the ad, the worse the beer.
 
2006-02-14 02:23:07 AM
Tooheys New is actually a good beer, better than VB but not as good as Carlton Draught.

I still think the "knuckle dragging tit joke" approach would still work best for XXXX drinkers though...

(hopes to start a Oz beer drinkers holy war).
 
2006-02-14 02:31:22 AM
jesus. dumber than rednecks.

/ i salute thee
 
2006-02-14 02:40:03 AM
doglover: Personally, I use 5 lbs of honey per gallon of water and a champangne yeast. It takes awhile, but the result is strong and very sweet. The hangover is another story....

Nothing worse than a sweet fermented hangover! That's why I can't stand Spumante sparkling wines, either; all that sugar in my fermented alcohol makes a mess of my head in the morning. A good, really dry champagne is awesome, though, and even if you mix it with orange juice, which itself is rather sugary, it doesn't give the same headknocking effect in the morning.
 
2006-02-14 02:55:25 AM
Can't get the video to work, but it's a hoax guys. I'm quite familiar with trebs. Several things wrong here:
1. It'd be REALLY hard to wheel something like this into a city. That's a classic rendition of a catapult with no trailer wheels or whatever to get it there.
2. They mention firing off the tops of buildings, which would be phenomenally impractical. That is many tons of machine!
3. There's no way you'd allow people that close with it cocked, and not only that but it depicts it in motion. And there are bystanders shown behind it, where the sling whips out. Sometimes trebs slam the projectiles down in front of them or can just throw off parts right there. In fact there's no way that thing would be "safe" for surrounding property even with the city evacuated.
4. It sure looks like CGI work to me anyways. Hard to tell nowadays but the treb itself I'd vote as CGI, and at least some people there are blatant CGI characters. There are at least 6 people in the exact same pose, the "I am standing here looking at nothing in particular, so I must keep my shoulders and feet spread, arms spaced from my side slightly bent" stance. Oh yeah, and the fact that they do not cast shadows might be relevant. Or they're some kind of daywalking vampires.
5. Ain't no mention on the web of someone parading a 30 ft treb through Melbourne, firing or otherwise. You'd think someone would have mentioned it at some point.
 
2006-02-14 03:21:24 AM
"catapult" is a general term sometimes.

Trebuchets fall under the heading.


/hope this helps??
 
2006-02-14 03:36:16 AM
*cracks a Fosters*
/not really
 
2006-02-14 04:09:29 AM
If I could find a place to get Carlton Draught in the states, I'd buy a six pack, just because "Big Ad" was so cool. I don't even care what the beer tastes like.
Well, I do, but I'd buy the first six pack without knowing anyway.
 
2006-02-14 04:20:32 AM
Here's the "Big Ad" that this one is supposedly in response to.

http://www.bigad.com.au/

And the Tooheys Ad is now up, here:

http://www.fortheloveofbeer.com.au/home.html
 
2006-02-14 04:57:25 AM
What a coincidence. I've been drinking beer.
 
2006-02-14 05:02:15 AM
You're a Mean Drunk R2D2: If I could find a place to get Carlton Draught in the states, I'd buy a six pack, just because "Big Ad" was so cool. I don't even care what the beer tastes like.
Well, I do, but I'd buy the first six pack without knowing anyway.


That ad might be the best ad ever. I would also buy a six pack, just for the ad, even if it ended up tasting worse than Natty Ice.

There was a superbowl ad this year that was a total rip off of the ad. A stadium full of people held up cards that made it look like beer was flowing around the stadium into a glass.
 
2006-02-14 06:10:22 AM
bean_bag- The better the ad, the worse the beer.

That explains Bud Light's taste. Worst. Beer. EVER.



Seeing that treb makes me want to go play Age of Empires II....and drink while doing so.
 
2006-02-14 06:20:18 AM
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//Enjoy till imageshack pulls the bandwidth plug...
 
2006-02-14 06:31:55 AM
If that trebuchet was built in the US, the beer companies would be pelting the beer gods with corn and rice.

/sad but true
 
2006-02-14 06:39:25 AM
2006-02-14 01:12:56 AM doglover

Personally, I use 5 lbs of honey per gallon of water and a champangne yeast. It takes awhile, but the result is strong and very sweet. The hangover is another story....

Do you brew still mead or sparkling mead? I have never made mead myself, but I've been thinking about giving it a go. Perhaps a sparkling mead flavored with raspberries. I wouldn't expect it to be sweet, though, if the yeast fermented all the available sugar.
 
2006-02-14 07:49:01 AM
computer crashed when i tried to load video at jaypeabey's link

/gives viral marketing new meaning
//aussie anyway
///will just watch it on tv
////its a crap beer anyway
/////slashies
 
2006-02-14 08:41:06 AM
zymurgist: Do you brew still mead or sparkling mead? I have never made mead myself, but I've been thinking about giving it a go. Perhaps a sparkling mead flavored with raspberries. I wouldn't expect it to be sweet, though, if the yeast fermented all the available sugar.

you can use something like wyeast's sweet mead yeast rather than champagne yeast. champagne yeast has really high attenuation compared to even other wine yeasts. the mead specific yeasts will often result in a better product, especially if you're brewing fruit meads (mellomel).

the best advice i can give any aspiring mead maker is to read "the compleat mead maker" several times and give yourself at least a year to do it properly.
 
2006-02-14 09:59:34 AM
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2006-02-14 10:05:58 AM
I just watched the "big ad" - it's HILARIOUS - how long ago did they do it?
 
2006-02-14 11:31:33 AM
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Well...we started drinking beer very early in the day when we built our Treb, so it's kinda related. Nothing like several pints of beer and a pair of chainsaws to get you in that "creative" mode of thinking. Things we've learned:

Bowling balls make at pretty good divot at 250 feet
Cabbages lose their outer layers at high speeds
Logs soaked in diesel are cool
Pumpkins filled with diesel are bad for the grass

and a little later today, I am heading home to mash-in a hopped-to-the-hilt IPA and a "including the kitchen sink" stout. Brew your own !!!

/am an HTMLooser...hope my image shows up
 
2006-02-14 11:36:12 AM
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Dear Gods...trying again with the image thing....new to this, so some slack is appreciated.
 
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