It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane! No, wait…it’s not that at all.
Today in the San Francisco Chronicle‘s online edition, the SFGate, there was a very brief story on the front page for a few hours.
Here’s the headline:
Pot-firing catapult found at Arizona-Mexico border
Ok, in a nutshell, the story is:
“Drug smugglers trying to get marijuana across the Arizona-Mexico border apparently are trying a new approach — a catapult.
National Guard troops operating a remote video surveillance system at the Naco Border Patrol Station say they observed several people preparing a catapult and launching packages over the International Border fence last Friday evening.”
Blah, blah, blah, the Border Patrol and National Guard seized the catapult and about 4 pounds of the green stuff.
A fairly amusing story, all in. But that’s not the best part.
SFGate allows readers to comment on articles, and that’s where it gets good.
Here’s a selection of the best of what SFGate readers had to say:
“The catapult has been held without bail”
“Time for US to spend a few billion dollars to develop counter-catapult technology.”
“When trebuchets are outlawed, only outlaws will have trebuchets.”
“Total distance traveled by projectile: Over the border;
Time to impact from launch: 2.5 seconds;
Angle of launch: 45 degrees;
Temperature at time of launch: 65 degrees Fahrenheit;
Dimensions of projectile: 8 inch wide x 12 inch long cannabis;
Force of gravity: 32.15223 ft/s/s;
(that’s geeky goodness)
“OMG it’s raining pot!”
“sounds pretty half baked.”
“No doubt these guys got the idea for their new delivery method from playing Angry Birds on their stolen iPhones.”
“They left this part of the story off:
‘Shortly after the seizure, the Mexican troops contacted the Americans and offerred to capapult 10 kilos of marijuana to the American side of the border in exchange for 10 large combination pizzas and a case of Doritos.'”
“Sophisticated criminals use a trebuchet.”
“Green Express. When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.”
“This is what you get when the smugglers trade pot to an engineer for design work…”
“Save the bales!”
“The free Mexican Air Force is flying tonight
Flying so high yi hiyeeeeee!!”
I guess I should expect no less from the Bay Area, a place notoriously in favor of the use of the same stuff that is being lobbed over the wall.
Buncha smartasses. *grin*
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