April 16, 2003

HOW DO TEENAGE BOYS EVEN REACH ADULTHOOD ALIVE?:

Teen blinded when frog shot from potato gun (Associated Press, April 16, 2003)
A teenager was blinded after being struck in the face with a frog shot from a so-called "potato gun."

Daniel Benjamin Berry, 17, received the injury after he looked down the barrel of the gun's PVC pipe barrel and was hit in the face by the frog.

"He is going to be blind in both eyes," Daniel's mother, Lisa Berry, said.

Potato guns are made of pipe with one end sealed. A potato is wedged into the open end and a flammable liquid put into a sealed chamber is ignited, launching the object.

Denton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Kevin Patton said the accident occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday when Daniel Berry joined a crowed of teenagers watching the gun be fired.

When it misfired, Daniel Berry looked down the barrel to see what was wrong when the gun went off, Patton said.


PETA today asked that he be prosecuted for harming a frog. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2003 7:06 PM
Comments

I feel sorry for the lad but hopefully he serves as an example to other people. Do not look in the barrels of weapons that have misfired. Period. Does that take much sense?

Posted by: Steve Martinovich at April 16, 2003 7:23 PM

I particularly appreciate the detailed instructions on how to make a potato gun.

Posted by: David Cohen at April 16, 2003 7:51 PM

In college I nearly hit my advisor with a tenbnis ball fired from such a canon--he was unamused.

Posted by: oj at April 16, 2003 10:04 PM

I knew a man who, as a child, created pipe bombs and used them to blow the tires off cars traveling along a local road. One day one of his pipe bombs failed and when he investigated, it blew up, permanently disfiguring his hands. He became a professor at Berkeley, where he inspired fear in graduate students.

Posted by: pj at April 16, 2003 10:52 PM
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