Top of the Range Weaponary

I have been living in the US for six and a half years. In that time, I realize that I have started to take some American oddities for granted. I was reminded of this “going naive”, when in response to a recent post about the Taco gun, Ammonyte tweeted a question “What is a shirt cannon?”

A T-Shirt Cannon, is just that, a cannon that fires t-shirts. They are used at some sporting events to fire t-shirts into the audience. This carries the garments further back in the arena than can be achieved by a human tossing them from the court or rink. Earlier this year the Philadelphia basketball team unveiled the world’s largest such device, which can shoot 100 shirts in a minute.

T-Shirt Cannon

I will hazard a guess that neither Lord’s nor Twickenham will be unveiling a competing device anytime soon.

Published in: on 21 December, 2012 at 7:30  Comments (1)  

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  1. I must confess that my affected innocence over the T Shirt cannon was somewhat disingenuous. On my last trip to the Cabbage Patch (for that is what Twickenham was before it became a major sporting venue), a platoon of alarmingly blonde women wearing clothing with the sponsors logo’s were using a similar device to dispense merchandising into the crowd.

    However, in a nod to the difference between the US Army’s dedication to massive firepower and the British approach of light & flexible, the women were armed with a shoulder-launched RPG version.

    However, I suspect that Hell itself will be hosting the Winter Olympics before such a device is allowed through the gates at Lords.

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