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The French Fry Challenge

Unread postAuthor: Fnord » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:20 am

I just though about this the other day, I know at least one person has tried it without success (Not including me).

The challenge:
Can you turn a potato shot from a gun into french fries as it travels through the air?

Not that proving this will have any real benefit to anyone, but it would be interesting to see what ideas are used. If no one here can do it, it might be something the mythbusters should try.

(Edit: by the way, this isn't just a theory thread. In other words, go grab some potatoes and make a mess.
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Unread postAuthor: elitesniper » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:22 am

shoot it through a meteal fence thingy with sharp edges?
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Unread postAuthor: Spitfire » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:30 am

Or a meatal garden chair. Works with avo's
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:37 am

Tennis racket? :)

edit: or maybe not...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H26kh_cHcYE[/youtube]
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Unread postAuthor: Carlman » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:54 am

omg i did exactly this the other day :D :D

over the end of my 2" barrel i placed some chicken wire that had 4 mm squares, i hose clamped it down at shot a spud through at 60psi, perfect french fries which stayed in a loose but close bunch eventually turning into mush as they hit a tree

cant belive you posted this :shock: scary
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Unread postAuthor: Velocity » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:37 pm

Carlman wrote:omg i did exactly this the other day :D :D

over the end of my 2" barrel i placed some chicken wire that had 4 mm squares, i hose clamped it down at shot a spud through at 60psi, perfect french fries which stayed in a loose but close bunch eventually turning into mush as they hit a tree

cant belive you posted this :shock: scary


Upsize the cannon to have a huge barrel and chamber, shoot it through the fires of hell, and I think we may have some business 8) :lol:
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Unread postAuthor: bigbob12345 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:41 pm

Ill try to make some potato cannon french fries today.
should be fun if I succeed Ill snap a picture or two.
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Unread postAuthor: locksmith » Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:35 pm

just use a french fry cutter grate atatched to your barrel they are stainless steel and razor sharp.
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Unread postAuthor: pizlo » Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:39 pm

I've thought about this, but I didn't know anyone had done it!
look at the last shot in the video that gun had no power!
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Unread postAuthor: potatoflinger » Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:08 pm

Yeah, I think a tennis or badminton racket would work the best, since the squares in the racket are almost french fry shaped. The only problem with making french fries with a cannon is that you have to figure out a way to stop the potato once it is cut up. Maybe try a long bag after the racket? (think giant condom)
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Unread postAuthor: bigbob12345 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:30 pm

the potato would blow a hole clean through a tennis racket.
Im making my own tennis racket pattern but out of strong thick wire.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:08 pm

1/4" box wire nailed to some kind of frame with a catch pot on the other side.
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Unread postAuthor: potatoflinger » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:40 pm

bigbob12345 wrote:the potato would blow a hole clean through a tennis racket.
Im making my own tennis racket pattern but out of strong thick wire.


Well you wouldn't shoot it at full power, maybe 25 PSI.
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Unread postAuthor: pizlo » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:02 pm

bigbob12345 wrote:the potato would blow a hole clean through a tennis racket.
Im making my own tennis racket pattern but out of strong thick wire.

I'm a tennis player, and If you get it strung with certain string it might be possible, think about a 100mph serve getting returned, its alot of force, and less than a potato, but It could be possible with really good strings.
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:03 pm

The solution is obvious - go into a sports shop and ask if they'll re-string a tennis racket with piano wire. That would be fun.
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