It’s called a trebuchet. As soon as you see one you want to hurl.
Back in 2000 a guy named Ron Toms used them to launch a new career. He’d just lost his job and his life savings in the dotcom debacle. So he took $200, started a website (Trebuchet.com) and went to work in his garage, making catapult kits out of wood.
“My friends laughed at me and said I should keep trying to find a job,” he says. “But I’d sent out over 100 resumes and gotten no feedback at all. I knew there were no jobs to be had for someone with my background.” (If he’d asked us we’d have told him to get into blogging. But catapults are way cooler.)
Today Toms has a 6,400-square-foot factory warehouse with an office and employees. He makes desktop catapults you can use to annoy your co-workers and big catapults you can use to throw stuff up to 60 feet.
Even though it’s called a catapult, we suggest you don’t put your cat in it. He might land on his feet but he’ll probably run away and you’ll never see him again.