Slingshot guru Joerg Sprave seems set on making the innocent-yet-violent daydreams of our youth into wait-this-can-actually-kill-people reality. Last week it was a famous anime slingshot-spear. This week it's the platonic ideal of the haphazard pencil-flingers every11-year-old in the UK has stashed under his desk.
Our good friend Joerg Sprave — the rubber-artilleried mastermind — has been building crazier and crazier weaponry, so it makes perfect sense that he'd dip into the definitionally insane world of Japanese anime for inspiration. Here's the real life version of the Kabuto slingshot from the manga and anime series One Piece.
As you stretch a rubber band, it heats up. But as it cools down it actually loses some of the energy it stored when it was stretched. That means the longer a slingshot is left loaded, the less powerful it becomes. Unless you're Joerg Sprave, the internet's resident master of slingshot design, who discovered that simply reheating a stretched elastic band can restore up to 40 per cent of its original powuh.
We've got a big ol' crush on slingshot master Joerg Sprave, but for all his rubbery kinetic might, there comes a point when the maximum power of a slingshot maxes out. That is, unless you such a huge badass you use trees for slingshots.
First of all, yes, okay, pretty much anything can kill you under the right circumstances. But what about marbles, shot by a stainless steel slingshot into ballistic gelatin, by an amusingly t-shirted Eastern European madman? In super-slow motion?