Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Man, what is it with cannonballs this past little while.

There was the death of a "human cannonball" stuntman in England, last year after as 23 year old was launched 40 feet into the air before 2,000 people, including several hundred children. He slammed head-first into a collapsed safety net intended to catch him. 

Than last December, The Discovery TV show, Mythbusters  miscalculated w hen it fired a cannonball on a bomb disposal range. The cannon ball tore through a cinder-block wall, bounced its merry way down a hillside, barreled 700 yards through a suburban California neighborhood, smashed through the front door of a house, bounced up the stairs of the house and, without knocking, penetrated a bedroom door where a man, woman, and child were sleeping.

The cannonball then bounced its way out through the wall of the house, crossed a road, smashed a few tiles that were carelessly lying around on the roof of another house and finally took a seat inside the Gill family's Toyota Sienna, which they had thoughtlessly parked in the driveway of their home.

The latest cannonball incident occurred in California where a man fired his" makeshift artillery" into his girlfriends trailer home, killing her.  He was injured in the leg after igniting his contraption; a four-year-old who was in the home at the time was not hurt. 

 He had loaded the cannon with powder taken from fireworks. Alcohol may have played a role in the incident. Negligent homicide appears to be in the cards.

Perhaps, with all this interest in canons and cannonballs, the city might want to divert some of the ten million dollar surplus, they just found, towards reinstating the daily noon day gun.  In 1842, the British garrison began firing a noonday gun, the sound of which became part of the daily routine for residents of St. John’s.

Originally there were morning, noon and evening guns but over time the morning and evening guns were dropped
leaving only the Noon Day Gun. It was discontinued in the mid 1990s.

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