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Around the end of November 2013, TheHurl.org was shut down by it's owner for a variety of reasons. We of TeamUrbanSiege would like to thank Ron Toms for all he did in providing those forums to us for as long as he did out of his own pocket. A new forum has started up to fill the void left by the closing. Head on over to The Hurling Forums to discuss anything hurling-related! Catapults, torsion, trebuchets, competition, it will all be discussed there. Need help? Stop on by there and get help from some of the top hurlers in the world! A few of us from Team Urban Siege are on there as well.





2013 Punkin Chunkin Pictures Now Online




A ton of pictures from the 2013 World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin' are now online. Enjoy!





Punkin Chunkin on the Discovery/Science Channels!




A quick reminder to all that tomorrow night (U.S. Thanksgiving, November 28) from 8-10PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), there will be the annual airing of "Punkin Chunkin" on both the Science Channel and the Discovery Channel. Tune in and enjoy!





WCPC 2013 Over




More to come, but for now a quick update. Yankee Siege won this year with their colossal 2800-foot shot, American Chucker came in second, and First in Fright came in 3rd, edging out Launch-Ness Monster. Pumpkin Hammer finally got off a clean shot and came in 5th at just over 2000 feet, finally joining that club! We had what looked to be a superb shot, with perfect trajectory and a lot of speed behind it, we all thought we had taken second and perhaps threatened a half-mile shot, but the distance shockingly came in at 1935'. We don't really believe that number, and neither do our fellow competitors, but we can only take what they tell us it is...





WCPC 2013 Day 2 Overview




Today was an incredible day for the trebuchet division. The winds were calm, and the weather was incredible all day with a mixture of clouds and ample sunshine coupled with mild mid-60s temperatures ruling the day, probably the best weather day we have ever had in our years at the chunk. Many machines shot personal bests, and another team, Launch-Ness Monster, joined the 2000-foot club! American Chucker also had a tremendous shot, and are currently in second with a shot of over 2200 feet. But perhaps the talk of the day was Yankee Siege's massive 2800+' shot that obliterated the standing World Record (and the European Record of 2504' from 2012, which was in reality the World Record coming in to this weekend).





Day 1 at the 2013 WCPC in the Books




We will post a more thorough posting on Day 1 later, but for now we want to point our viewers to our Facebook Page where we are posting short update blurbs as we get time to. There is a lot to do at the chunk, and that forum will be easier to get immediate updates.





NASAW Set up For the 2013 Chunk




Today we all arrived and got both machines (NASAW and The Buffalo Wing Slinger - Nick's Human-Powered Centrifugal Catapult that he built last year) set up. Tomorrow morning we do a few final things and then get our safety inspections before hopefully taking a few test shots before the chunk begins on Friday. The field is in fantastic shape this year, far better than last year of course since Sandy hit less than a week before the chunk, and we are looking forward to a great weekend with all of our chunking friends!





NASAW's First Public Demo




On September 28, 2013, we demonstrated NASAW for the public at Wickham Farms. Many people stopped by during the day to watch us fire the machine, and to explore the machine and ask questions. While we had several pied shots, we also had one superb shot that the crowd loved (well, they loved the pie too, haha!) Unfortunately we had to stop early due to a part failure that we could not easily field-repair (and the spare was missing in action). For that we are sorry, but safety first! We hope to do more of these events in the future.





Team Urban Siege Site Updated




After being broken for a couple of months, the back-end to the website here, which enables changes and new content to be made here, is now fixed. Now we should be able to start rolling out various over-due updates from the 2012 World Championships of Punkin Chunkin. The top menu link to the Blog is still broken, but the blog itself still works. Please let us know if there are any other broken features you may find. Stay tuned!





World Championships of Punkin Chunkin 2012 - Arrival and Setup




This is the first in a series of posts coming about the 2012 World Championships of Punkin Chunkin.

This year the chunk had a rough go of it. In fact, mere weeks before the chunk it looked like the event might not happen, as the various lawyers involved had yet to agree on a new insurance policy for the event. This was resolved in nearly the 11th hour, barely in time to proceed with field set up and the like.







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Use "common sense" when operating trebuchets and catapults. Even little ones can be dangerous. Do not place anything you are not willing to lose in the plane of the arm rotation (this includes yourself, body parts, car windshields, cameras, etc). These catapults and trebuchets are capable of throwing just as far backwards as forwards, and the use of a backstop of some sort is recommended, though the use of one does not make the region behind it safe.

Also, just because the throw got away safely downrange does not mean the end of the danger. The arm is likely still swinging wildly along with the counterweight, and there is a sling whipping around. One thing many people fail to take into account is this sling; some people put a metal ring on the slip end of the sling and this ring can HURT when whipping around!

Have fun hurling, but please KEEP IT SAFE!!!