Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Catapult

When the weather is bad, the little demons must amuse themselves inside.

Fomalhaut and Deimos have found an old box of Legos. Deimos is the mechanically oriented one and he takes charge of the project.

Fomalhaut: What are we going to build?

Deimos: I'm trying to see if there are enough suitable pieces to build a catapult. We'll need some wheels and rods...

Deimos: this will be the tower for the pulley.

Fomalhaut: And this will be the scoop... or whatever it is called. It will carry the ammunition.

When the catapult is ready, Niks and Naks come to investigate.

Niks: It looks cool.

Naks: Will it work?

Deimos: Of course it will work. You put the ammunition into the scoop...

Deimos: ...and jerk the string. The arm with the scoop goes up and the ammunition is hurled a million kilometers away.

Niks: I find that hard to believe...

Deimos: Would you believe 5 kilometers?

Naks: I find even that hard to believe.

Niks: let's just test it!

Niks climbs into the scoop.

Deimos: OK, Fomalhaut, help me pull this... One, two,...

Deimos: ... THREEE!

Niks: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.......

The scoop goes up! Did Niks fly a million or 5 kilometers?

Well, not quite, maybe about 10 centimeters.

Naks: That looked fun! I want to try, too.

Deimos: OK, climb into the scoop... ready?

Deimos: .... and PULL!

Naks: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.....

Umbriel has heard the noise and comes to investigate.

Umbriel: What's going on here?

Niks: We are practicing flying!

Naks: We flew about 100 meters!

Niks: Or at least 10 meters!

Umbriel: It looked more like 10 centimeters.

Umbriel: That catapult looks kind of dangerous, why don't you guys build something a bit less dangerous, like for example a seesaw?

The mechanics are soon busy again.

Deimos: This will be the center pivot.

Fomalhaut: I think these boards would make the seats...

Naks: Do you need more wheels?

Deimos: Now we must test it...

Fomalhaut: It works!

Niks: That looks fun!

Naks: We want to try, too!

Deimos: There's room for everybody!

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