News, but not the serious kind
Come to the border for a fling?
I love this story. It seems some Mexican smugglers were planning to hurl drugs across the border, using an actual catapult. The Mexican military seized 45 pounds of marijuana and a metal-framed catapult, just south of the Arizona border.
I’m not making this up. The catapult is similar to those used across medieval Europe to fling fire, rocks and rotting corpses into towns under siege.
Considering they are fairly inaccurate, it conjures up endless possibilities in my mind.
“Lonnie, your father and I need to talk to you. We found a huge bag of drugs in your room!”
“I know, Ma! It just crashed through my window, and there wasn’t even anybody out there. It’s like it flew in from the sky!”
“You expect us to believe that, Lonnie? We have no choice but to disinherit you and send you to a religious military school for lying, rotten, troubled youths, to learn some small-town family values.”
And here’s the other thing I can’t get out of my mind. Humans are also commonly smuggled across the border in this area. Do you suppose that was the next part of the smugglers’ plan?
“Mr. Johnson, thank you for choosing Acme Scenic Travel Service. Is your helmet all strapped up? Are you comfy?”
“Good. Now remember, once you’re in the air, make as many cartoon sounds as possible. When you land, face south and hold your arms wide. Your luggage will be along next.”
Left: A catapult found near the U.S. border is seen parked in Aguaprieta in the state of Sonora January 27, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer