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  • #31
    Re: Out and about with Snaarman

    Originally posted by Chevvyf1 View Post
    Pete, we are so impressed and waiting to see if you have "Sky Hooks" and "Turnip Turners" ; a "Swede Basher" ; fancy "Fag Hook" ; "Pig Poke"; Nuts Harvester" a "Mangel Wuurzel" and the very rare ... "Bale Turner"
    Please, don't get him started on his Pig Poker
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    • #32
      Re: Out and about with Snaarman

      Originally posted by snaarman View Post
      Here is a splendid example of late Victorian design.

      Product of the curiously named Dr Elias Goatbotherer, this is an 8 gang rat thrower. It was a boon to cereal producers in the 1890s.



      All the carts are removed from the barn and the rat thrower is placed in the centre of the floor facing the large barn doors. Rats are naturally curious creatures and when presented with one of these iron contraptions they will certainly investigate. The eight powerful springs are cocked using a standard Growling Bar and each pressure plate has a small piece of cheese placed on it very carefully.

      The farmer would then leave the barn door open and retire for the night, hoping to see all eight springs triggered in the morning.

      As to the rats, no one knows what becomes of them.
      Thank you sir, I had never witnessed/ or knew of the existance of an eight port trap until now, the most common type of trap was a two bar trap, or as the French would say a "Rat a two y"

      In fact, it was believed that due to the excessive force of the springs, the rats were launched at such force as to almost obliterate them, but it was proven, that in fact a highly trained team of circus rats would hide in the rafters of the barn, usually swinging on a trapeze type assembly and catch the launched rats , and thus keeping them safe and then taking said cheese off to their hideout's. This boom in cheese hoarding, gave Bob Geldof the name of his famous band. In fact rat launching was usually carried out on a Monday, and again this is how we are familiar with the song lyric of "I don't like Monday's"

      Rat's hideout's are well furnished abode's, and most of their furniture is Rat...tan.
      Blackadder: "Allow me to be the first to offer Dr. Johnson my most sincere contrafibularities! I am anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused him such pericombobulation."

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      • #33
        Re: Out and about with Snaarman

        Pete, BEWARE some cheese is sooo STRONG NEEDS SOUND ON

        [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xK9qv611sU[/ame]


        pps I don't know what your on, but can I pop over and buy a Bucketful
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        • #34
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          I thought rats were shot with Canons?
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          • #35
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            Originally posted by Cathrine Spikkerud View Post
            I thought rats were shot with Canons?
            or *ikons ? ALL VERMIN
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            • #36
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              What I would like to see is a picture of the famous rural sport of foxtrot, which was - as we know - performed by the guard horses every night as a lighter form of excercise after the more strenuous duty of scaring criminals off the premises had been carried out. The foxtrot was also a favourite pastime of those on board the Beagle, so it wasn't strictly a countryside affair. Or so I've heard.
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              • #37
                Re: Out and about with Snaarman

                Originally posted by Cathrine Spikkerud View Post
                What I would like to see is a picture of the famous rural sport of foxtrot, which was - as we know - performed by the guard horses every night as a lighter form of excercise after the more strenuous duty of scaring criminals off the premises had been carried out. The foxtrot was also a favourite pastime of those on board the Beagle, so it wasn't strictly a countryside affair. Or so I've heard.
                Correction! On the Beagle, the Foxtrot was, due to the small scuppers, performed by doubly-incontinent Foxhounds. They later became known as Sea Dogs.
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                • #38
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                  Now here is a warning to those who scoff at the old ways.

                  Here we have a Sheep stretcher (see above) that has failed in use. The terrible wreckage lies neglected in the hedge. The giant springs are disconnected and the frame is smashed and broken.




                  Who knows what happened. Maybe the farmer outreached his capabilities. Perhaps he just pushed the machine too far. The immense forces involved are not to be trifled with.

                  Of the sheep concerned, we know nothing. The farmer himself is still missing.

                  Pete

                  PS. Next we move on to a more cheerful subject. The Mechnical Castrating Engine.
                  Look, I'm an old man. I shouldn't be expected to put up with this.


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                  • #39
                    Re: Out and about with Snaarman

                    Originally posted by snaarman View Post

                    PS. Next we move on to a more cheerful subject. The Mechnical Castrating Engine.
                    Please sir! I know what one of those was for! It was for castrating mechanics!
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                    • #40
                      Re: Out and about with Snaarman

                      Originally posted by snaarman View Post
                      Now here is a warning to those who scoff at the old ways.

                      Here we have a Sheep stretcher (see above) that has failed in use. The terrible wreckage lies neglected in the hedge. The giant springs are disconnected and the frame is smashed and broken.




                      ...

                      Of the sheep concerned, we know nothing. The farmer himself is still missing.

                      Pete

                      PS. Next we move on to a more cheerful subject. The Mechnical Castrating Engine.
                      I have a photo of the "manual" version
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                      • #41
                        Re: Out and about with Snaarman

                        Originally posted by Cathrine Spikkerud View Post
                        What I would like to see is a picture of the famous rural sport of foxtrot, which was - as we know - performed by the guard horses every night as a lighter form of excercise after the more strenuous duty of scaring criminals off the premises had been carried out. The foxtrot was also a favourite pastime of those on board the Beagle, so it wasn't strictly a countryside affair. Or so I've heard.
                        Catherine...a fox- trot is/was a 1020s-30s-40s a dance and then came the jitter bugging mid to late 40s and 50s!

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                        • #42
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                          Catherine...a fox- trot is/was a 1020s-30s-40s a dance and then came the jitter bugging mid to late 40s and 50s!
                          The 1020s!? That'll be one of the last flings of the Anglo-Saxons before the Normans came along. Now only to be found in the Highlands of Scotland. Usually on a dark and stormy Friday night.
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                          • #43
                            Re: Out and about with Snaarman

                            Originally posted by StephenL View Post
                            Correction! On the Beagle, the Foxtrot was, due to the small scuppers, performed by doubly-incontinent Foxhounds. They later became known as Sea Dogs.
                            I can only imaging how the Foxhounds - needing to go - would do the Foxtrot very fast under those circumstances! So this was how STEP dancing was invented?
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                            • #44
                              Re: Out and about with Snaarman

                              Originally posted by wanderer View Post
                              The 1020s!? That'll be one of the last flings of the Anglo-Saxons before the Normans came along. Now only to be found in the Highlands of Scotland. Usually on a dark and stormy Friday night.
                              Wouldn't you be able to fling a Scot quite far on one of Pete's contraptions? Or would they also be saved by circus artists with cheese?
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                              • #45
                                Re: Out and about with Snaarman

                                Originally posted by Bill Gordon View Post
                                Catherine...a fox- trot is/was a 1020s-30s-40s a dance and then came the jitter bugging mid to late 40s and 50s!
                                I've actually tried it once. Landed flat on my face with my legs in a TWIST. (Which, incidently I believe came after the foxtrot )
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