Step 1… place undesirable object or destructive apparatus in the bowl-shaped bucket of the catapult.
Step 2… aim at area where object needs to be sent.
Step 3… pull lever and go get dinner.
Step 4… make sure dinner isn’t what you just catapulted.
Hello there fellow warfighters! Wookiee popping by with even more Where Did THAT Come From info for your reading enjoyment. For this edition of WDTCF, I thought we’d take a look at our newest item which is a medieval version of a siege weapon originally created by the Ancient Greeks… the Catapult.
Nothing says medieval warfare like archaic weapons. Of course, some dark age weapons are cooler than others but in the Clash of Clones event… we got one of the cool ones as our 9th personal prize. Nothing says I want to destroy your fortress than a ballista, springald, mangonel, onager, trebuchet or couillard. Did you know Leonardo DaVinci actually designed what he felt was the perfect catapult?
Anywho… when I first saw this beauty, I immediately thought of the episode it came from… “Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment” (S8:E18) aka the Rex Banner episode.
I wrote about this episode in detail a while back but the ending involves a great scene with the catapult. Spirituous beverages are prohibited in Springfield under penalty of catapult (well, they were at one point) and since Homer admitted to being the Beer Baron, it’s off to the wild blue yonder for him.
Rex insists the town tests the centuries old device and they use a cat hence the funny animation in TSTO. I love this silly animation. I’m allergic to cats so catapulting them is strangely gratifying. Of course, fans know Banner also gets ‘pulted by the device. Makes me pine for a new animation for Rex in our game. Also have to point out the non-green Android’s Dungeon in the background… weird.
My opinion is this is an epic decoration for old-school fans. It could fit right in with a nicely designed town square with a wooden platform. Just for fun, I thought I’d point out a few other episodes which include catapults. In “A Tale of Two Springfields” (S12:E2), Springfield is literally divided because of a new area code. When Homer steals Old Springfield’s rock performance by The Who, the townsfolk decide to riot and apparently you can rent a catapult.
One of the funniest moments involving a catapult if the couch gag for “The Heartbroke Kid” (S16:E17).
Much more recently, there was a catapult in Season 25, Episode 7: “Luca$”. This was one of the many gifts Snake Jailbird stole for Bart after Bart didn’t snitch on him.
Wouldn’t it have been cool to have a joint task for Bart and Milhouse in the armor? I’d also have liked the Springfield Museum of Medieval Armaments.
Well my friends, there’s your origin for the Clash of Clones decoration and some other catapult goodness. Hope your looting and plundering are fairing well.
TTFN… Wookiee out!