Gut Rumbles

December 14, 2005

so sad

I weep. Times sure have changed since I was a boy, and I don't believe they've changed for the better. A big-time blogger is giggling and preening over his brand-new potato gun (THAT HE BOUGHT, for cryin' out loud), and he's caused international confusion with his yuppie behavior.

Hell, I was MAKING MY OWN potato guns when I was 12 years old.

Of course, the fine art of making your own childhood toys that are dangerous, destructive, explosive and potentially lethal is a lost art today. Kids just don't do that anymore; they are totally pussified, content to sit in front of Playstations and PRETEND to kill VIDEO monsters instead of going outside and ACTUALLY trying to kill their friends or a stray cat.

I'll bet they don't even torture toads anymore. (Put one of THOSE in a potato gun! WOO-HOO! Now, THAT is FUN--- although it's a little rough on the toad.)

Kids today have no imagination. I'll bet they buy things such as slingshots and rubber-band guns, too, and never understand that BUILDING the damn things is half the fun of playing with them.

As I said before, I weep.


Damn educational too.

Posted by: tincanman on December 14, 2005 08:45 PM

"although it's a little rough on the toad."

Don't I know it!!

Posted by: og on December 14, 2005 08:49 PM

You hit the nail on the head Rob. I have two nephews, that sit in front of a computer day after day, and never go outdoors. I grew up hunting rabbits with my dog, shooting fish with a bow and arrow, climbing trees, snaring lizzards with a noose, digging tunnels under the yard, making guns out of old galvanized pipe, blowing things up, digging ground squirrels out of their holes, skinning snakes, and a zillion other things boys used to do. God help the current generation. They don't have a clue!

Posted by: Bob on December 14, 2005 09:45 PM

we've discussed this before, but I built my own tater launcher. Sumbitch was damned near 6' long and could launch a tater or an apple damned near a quarter mile.

You wouldn't dare point it at a friend.

But criminny! That Aqua Net hair spray is some wicked assed propellant eh?

Posted by: marcl on December 14, 2005 09:59 PM

"One potato could last up to a day of fun."


Where I grew up, one potato was ONE SHOT. And blasting through a 1/2" sheet of plywood was but a measure of success.

Posted by: rightisright on December 14, 2005 10:14 PM

We all weep, brother. It's called Life.

Posted by: Velociman on December 14, 2005 11:40 PM

Give the chirren a chance and put up a "how to make a tater gun" post

Posted by: waynsley J. on December 15, 2005 12:10 AM

All is not lost. My son and friends have managed to 1: make MRE heater bombs, 2: go camping(firearms included, though one's mom had a fit), 3: learn largely by themselves how to work on bikes, cars and motorcycles.

Yeah, far too many of them sit on their ass in front of a screen in preference to anything else. But there's still a bunch out there that get their hands dirty. And make loud noises.

Though I thank God he never tried to make black powder like I did.

Least, he hasn't that I KNOW of...

Posted by: Mark on December 15, 2005 12:37 AM

hey some of us are still trying to make potato guns!! Every summer we camp in a field and blow stuff up, or fire it through a piece of old pipe.
(any tips would be appreciated, we struggle to get the lift)

Posted by: Toast on December 15, 2005 06:31 AM

I weep with you. Gone are the good old days.

Posted by: lefty on December 15, 2005 09:38 AM

Holy crap, we were just talking about potato guns in my office yesterday. It was all the men telling me about them and the destruction wrought. Heh!

Posted by: LL on December 15, 2005 11:13 AM

So sorry, no slingshots for the cherrub here...

Posted by: Prisoner of mASS on December 15, 2005 12:32 PM

Hey, leave the little bastards alone! They'll be paying our Social Security in no time.

So we don't want them killed off or very smart.

Posted by: Mark on December 15, 2005 01:49 PM

I think thereís a little confusion here. Mr. Pundit is talking about toy potato gun. Itís like a small air-powered pistol. You stick the end of the barrel into a potato and then shoot a small potato chunk across the yard, or in your friendís eye if youíre a good shot. Got one while we were stationed in England in the 60ís. Of course I was five. At the time it was a lot of fun. Acidmanís potato gun is the real deal. More like a cannon, it uses the potato all at once. As a teen the cannon was much more fun, unless you were a toad.

Posted by: Lennie on December 15, 2005 02:06 PM

Not so fast Rob,

These industrious young teens went to their local Home Depot and purchased $100 of PVC pipes and valves to construct their very own homemade FLAMETHROWER!

Check out the link that photoblogs the construction and demo of their 'project'. No wimpy potato guns here....

DC Carter

Posted by: DC Carter on December 15, 2005 02:41 PM

Being a Marine in Okinawa back in 79 and 81 we used oranges, seeing as raw potatoes were hard to come by. The orange works well as it deforms to fit the barrel, giving higher pressure...longer flight, alas less penetration, but good burst radius.

Posted by: Ron on December 15, 2005 06:44 PM
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