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Old 11-18-2012, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default someone shot my car with a potato cannon...

Worst part is...it was dog s***


My fiancée and I were going out to dinner after work. We were at a red light in a part of town that we never normally drive though, its not the best of neighborhoods for sure but still no excuse for someone to do this. Next thing I know we hear a loud slam, not knowing what it was I told my fiancée to put her head down. I jumped out of the car as did the guy behind me. I looked around quickly and then went over to the passenger side of my car and hear the guy behind me say they had a potato cannon and that they had shot it through the wire fence of the housing project that was directly across the street. I never ended up seeing the group of kids the guy told me he saw. I thought about filing a police report but knew that the chances of it going anywhere were slim to none, and I would have probably just goten hassled about my car. Even if I found the group of kids what could I have done, I'm a 28 year man! I went straight to the car wash and washed it off, no damage was done! To be honest I was more bummed out that someone would take the time and go through the trouble of stuffing dog feces in a potato cannon, sit there with a can of hairspray on a 35 degree night and shoot it at a car...REALLY!
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:50 AM   #2
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Good thing the window was up!

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Old 11-18-2012, 01:53 AM   #3
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I for a second, but that's pretty disgusting

Kids acting like idiots..Not much you can do unless you caught them in the act and shot dog **** back at them. Glad there was no damage though.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:06 AM   #4
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Good thing the window was up!
At dinner I was like, thank god the window was up because I always have my windows down! face full of poop would have totally sucked...for her LOL she would kill me If she read that
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:12 AM   #5
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How do you know it was dog feces?
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:13 AM   #6
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I know its terrible and probably immature but I can't stop laughing. Kids are Aholes...at least it was the window and appears no damage was done. Reminds me of the movie Step Brothers...

"Maybe you guys just don't go through that neighborhood anymore."
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:16 AM   #7
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:27 AM   #8
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Something like this happened to me last week, but it's with raw eggs which sucks because I didn't noticed it till the next morning when I woke up so it was hard to clean since it sticked already on my mirrors, door, and on my wheels. It started to stink the next morning when I noticed that It was showered with eggs!
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:33 AM   #9
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So, the idiot who did this collects dog ****, has a potato cannon that is covered in dog ****, and essentially plays with dog ****... I feel like that reality, that matter-of-fact-ness about one's life, is equally if not more degrading than being the victim here.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:49 AM   #10
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Gives new meaning to the term "poop shoot" (chute).
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:23 AM   #11
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Where in ct was this?
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:41 AM   #12
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how do you know it was dog ****, and not someone ****ting down the cannon to "load" it up? That seems easier than stuffing dog **** down it!

Either way good thing the windows were up!
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:52 AM   #13
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I don't even know if a potato gun would be able to shoot dog crap.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:48 AM   #14
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Must have been a pretty crappy potato cannon (har har)! We used to make these back in highschool and had it been one of ours they used, your window wouldn't have been there and they would have been in jail. We were told by the police they are classified as a "sawn off shotgun" in MA, but they were impressed with our designs so they watched us shoot them before telling us to go home

<-- engineering nerds (we weren't ever trying to be dicks)
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:04 AM   #15
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^ they're classified as a firearm because they use explosive repellant and a projectile. "sawed off shotgun" isnt a category.

OP, I would have been highly upset. That sucks.

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Old 11-18-2012, 03:41 PM   #16
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^ Correct and incorrect. Sawn off shotgun is not a type of weapon but just red neck jargon for legal classification--fed law dictates at minimum 18" barrel length measured from the chamber iirc. I shoot on the reg and I'm not sure why you would want anything less, but along those lines our spud thrower was in fact "legal" despite what we were told

When we were building these we had a range of responses about their legality, none in favor of course
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:47 PM   #17
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I have a Mossy 500 and an older New Haven. Shorter the barrel, wider the spread. I still don't understand how I was incorrect.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:36 PM   #18
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That is so nasty. Glad nobody got hurt. I've made potato guns in the past, they can cause real damage.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:28 PM   #19
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At least it was soft dog poop and not something hard that would do a lot of damage.

Potato cannons, if built right, can be very powerful.

In high school I build an air-compressed potato cannon (or, as I affectionately called it, 'The Produce Accelerator') with a pneumatically-actuated sprinkler valve. At 120 psi I shot an enormous nail with duct tape fins through two phone books, an SAT study book, and a box of sand about 20 inches long. It pierced all of those and kept flying into the woods behind my house to never be seen again.

It could shoot a golf ball upwards of half a mile with only a 5 foot barrel. One time I attached a 10 foot 1/2" barrel to it and I made a AA battery break the sound barrier.

With a 5' barrel that was 3" in diameter I would shoot soda cans (full!) nearly vertically. They would become a tiny black speck in the sky and land about 20-30 seconds later with a giant explosion (shook them up beforehand ).

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:39 PM   #20
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op, i cant stop laughing! i would be soo pissed though if it were me. who sits and thinks of this s***?? literally.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:52 PM   #21
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damn i hate kids
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:09 PM   #22
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At least it was soft dog poop and not something hard that would do a lot of damage.

Potato cannons, if built right, can be very powerful.

In high school I build an air-compressed potato cannon (or, as I affectionately called it, 'The Produce Accelerator') with a pneumatically-actuated sprinkler valve. At 120 psi I shot an enormous nail with duct tape fins through two phone books, an SAT study book, and a box of sand about 20 inches long. It pierced all of those and kept flying into the woods behind my house to never be seen again.

It could shoot a golf ball upwards of half a mile with only a 5 foot barrel. One time I attached a 10 foot 1/2" barrel to it and I made a AA battery break the sound barrier.

With a 5' barrel that was 3" in diameter I would shoot soda cans (full!) nearly vertically. They would become a tiny black speck in the sky and land about 20-30 seconds later with a giant explosion (shook them up beforehand ).
^ I like this guy

That sounds like something I would have done if my engineering older self got together with my prankster younger self.

We made a catapult once that we used to chuck pumpkins off the roof of my parents house into the street, 3 stories below. We called it the pumpkin-a-pult. Never on to any cars though.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:16 PM   #23
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That sounds like something I would have done if my engineering older self got together with my prankster younger self.

We made a catapult once that we used to chuck pumpkins off the roof of my parents house into the street, 3 stories below. We called it the pumpkin-a-pult. Never on to any cars though.
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I started the 'Applied Physics Club' in high school that was just an excuse to bring in my potato gun to school once a week hahaha that was amazing.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:26 PM   #24
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^ they're classified as a firearm because they use explosive repellant and a projectile. "sawed off shotgun" isnt a category.

OP, I would have been highly upset. That sucks.



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In Pennsylvania a "sawed off shot gun" is considered a POW or Prohibited Offensive Weapon. It is a weapon that serves no other purpose but to inflict serious bodily injury. I would say you should report what happened. It is not funny. I am sure your state will have similar laws. I wish you well.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:32 PM   #25
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That sucks.

These winter nights are bringing out criminals for some reason. Friends cars have gotten broken into in the last week, after being parked in the same spots all summer.
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