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Bent Arrow

Curved arrow flies in curved arc
 
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Hunters... using bow and arrows. Outdoorsmen can now shoot around bushes and tree truck by using a special arrow. The arrow is an aluminum shaft, curved, from end to end, in a semi-circle. Fire the arrow from your bow and watch it curve around mountains, forests, trees, and rocks. Direction is dependent upon the direction it is released.
gorn_the_great, Jul 31 2001

No real reason for this... http://www.terryriley.com/rainbow.htm
...except that it's one of my favourite albums. [angel, Jul 31 2001, last modified Oct 06 2004]

Unspinning the Boomerang http://plus.maths.o...eatures/boomerangs/
An article by an Aussie expert on those odd throwing sticks. [Aristotle, Jul 31 2001, last modified Oct 06 2004]

Time flies http://uk.google.ya...ke%22&y=y&hc=0&hs=0
Fruit flies [angel, Jul 31 2001, last modified Oct 06 2004]

Reference to the original quote. http://tools.org/EI/ICEIMT/1998/0061.html
Marx again. [angel, Jul 31 2001, last modified Oct 06 2004]

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       So now, *time* flies like a banana!
angel, Jul 31 2001
  

       I don't think "Curved arrow flies in curved arc" is true. I think "Curved arrow flies all wibbly-wobbly" is probably more likely. I'll try it in the morning.
Dog Ed, Jul 31 2001
  

       I think a boomerang would do the job more reliably and these were originally designed for hunting.
Aristotle, Jul 31 2001
  

       Half baked in any number of cartoons.   

       'Time flies like the wind.
Fruit flies like bananas."
StarChaser, Aug 04 2001
  

       Just here to give points to Peter for using "hence" in a sentence. Carry on, Peter!
El Pedanto, Aug 04 2001
  

       Depends on where you saw it, Peter. I saw it on the Benny Hill show, where he was writing it on a wall as I quoted above. Whence comes yours? <heh! Beat you to it...>   

       I think mine is more grammatically correct anyway.
StarChaser, Aug 05 2001
  

       I'm an archer, and I know that bent arrows are simply inconsistant. Sorry. No nice controllable curves.
zahc, Apr 10 2003
  

       Curve around mountains? Who are you - Lord Rama?
bungston, Apr 10 2003
  

       yeah - zahc's right. Only in cartoons can bent arrows fly round corners. In real life they just wobble like hell as they zing through the air, and thus go less fast, less far and less in the direction you pointed them than the straight ones. There's a reason why arrows are straight.   

       If you don't have a bow yourself, you can still test this idea. Just find a stick that's not entirely straight and throw it, spearlike, as hard as you can. Does it describe a sublime arc as it sails majestically through the air? Does it buggery. It flops to the ground straight in front of you, just as useless as it was before you picked it up.
lostdog, Apr 10 2003
  

       Center of gravity before center of pressure... that's about all it takes. If you want to radically steer the arrow then you'll need a canard or attitude thrusters. An array of surface micro-thruster would be cool if you had an internal MEMs gyro-in-a-chip to deal with shaft spin. My only question is who will be willing to pay $1.3 million for a single use arrow?
Prof Manitou, Apr 14 2003
  
      
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