There was a mad punkin chunker named Wayne,photos via Punkin Chunkin Facebook
Who doused his pumpkins with butane,
He ignited them with glee,
All the spectators did flee,
Sadly the poor lunatic was consumed by flame.
Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci from Mythbusters and the Governor of Delaware Jack Markell at the opening ceremonies of the 26th annual Punkin Chunkin Event.
photos via Flickr
No, this is not an air cannon. It is a Science Channel boom camera.
Jeff DelPapa / Tool wielding ape, Card carrying NERD:
The folks from Science channel were collecting a bunch of B roll, watching as the various teams assembled their machines. They had a very long (75 feet perhaps) counter-weighted camera boom, that they use to get overhead views of the machines and firing line. As a result, they are collecting a lot of ribbing from the catapult teams. the contraption looks a whole lot like the throwing arms on various machines, and merely needs a bit more counterweight, and a sling to qualify for the Trebuchet class. (they were also "warned" to keep an eye on it at night, lest they find it scrounged by some team to make a last minute extension for, or emergency repair to their throwing arm.)
Who knew that the Punkin Chunkin field was an annex of Area 51.
This is where it begins: Mini Trebuchet. PunkinChunkin 2012 anyone??
Those aren't cranes in the background. They're AIR CANNONS.
photos via Grant Imahara / Twitter
-----Tory Belleci / Twitter:
This place is insane. It's like The Guns of Navarone out here.
This is what science looks like at #PunkinChunkin
photos via Kari Byron / Twitter
Where else do you get to meet a guy like Fat Jimmy? #PunkinChunkin