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Plunger Throwing

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Plunger throwing, like archery. You can make plungers stick to smooth surfaces like metal elevator doors (tested) and other such walls and vertical surfaces. The challenge is not only in throwing it hard enough, or straight enough, but having the plunger make contact at the correct angle to stick. Paint a target on the surface and you have a competition for aim. Mark the ground and you have the distance competion. I've only used small plungers with six inches diameter and a one and a half foot wooden handle, but I figure this sport would open a new range of specialized plungers with aerodynamics, suction, and weight in mind. Long handles can be used in javelin like throwing.
CrimsonMusketeer, Nov 10 2003

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Extreme version [Trodden, Oct 04 2004]

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       the rubber bit would need to be softer and more pliable than your regular plunger in order to get the required degree of vacuum
po, Nov 10 2003
  

       A few friends and I baked this at the age of 10 ... but [+] for bringing back fond memories
Letsbuildafort, Nov 10 2003
  

       I actually constructed a spud gun when I was about 10. It shot about 300 yards at a 45 degree angle. Anyhow, I never shot a plunger but I did manage to make a spud propelled grappling hook with a rope attached from a rusty tack hook I found in a barn.   

       I like throwing plungers, I would just like to make sure the “specialized” plungers, still fulfill there intended purpose... could that be a qualifying rule?
FeelinPhine, Nov 10 2003
  

       Hate this. Someone threw a plunger at me once. I say once, I snagged her stockings.
The Kat, Nov 10 2003
  

       Extra points if you hit the bank manager.
DrCurry, Nov 10 2003
  

       Headline: Unwitting Underagers Underestimate Upholding Unclogger.   

       2 youths die in a suspected faulty plunger accident ... fell 3 storys after plunger comes un-stuck in 'Batman' stunt
Letsbuildafort, Nov 10 2003
  

       We played this at work about 15 years ago. "Plungering" was fun. Thanks for the great memory.
BritUSA, Nov 10 2003
  

       [Letsbuildafort] Shouldn't that be "...plunged 3 stories..."? (WTAGIPBAN)
krelnik, Nov 11 2003
  

       You know if you put a plunger down in front of a door in just the right spot and give it a good kick, it will suddenly become stuck to the door. I've never managed it though--maybe "The Funky Chicken Book" was lying.
Eugene, Nov 11 2003
  

       Like in the article, you'd need areodynamic plungers, right? And you couldn't use those uber-plunger things, with like two layers, or else you wouldn't be able to stick it to anything. (Belive me, I tried)   

       The cheap type that you get at wal-mart for a buck or so tend to work best. They're a dome shape, so they trap air easier. The only problem is that the stick is heavy so it falls off after a bit.   

       So, in conclusion, you need a strong rubber dome with a light aluminum or titanium handle if you want good aim and throwability.
getslostalot21, Nov 12 2003
  

       Holes in the ground with a fence around them. ;)
DrCurry, Nov 12 2003
  

       Yes, [krelnik] it should ... how very astute of you ...
Letsbuildafort, Nov 12 2003
  

       [shift], if they're anything like they have in Europe, they use substantially less water than the US variant because of a smaller wetted-surface footprint. There's a 'display shelf' of sorts where one would expect to find the drain that is cleaned by a rush of water from the rear of the thing forwards, and the drain itself is nearer the front, with only the drain area holding any standing water.
RayfordSteele, Nov 12 2003
  

       I'm a trombone player, and a "plunger" is one of our standard mutes (without the handle, of course.) They stick better if moistened. And they make fair Frisbees, although somewhat heavy.
creebharble, Nov 13 2003
  
      
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