A comment, and further research.December 2 2001 at 6:54 AM
|Dr Douglass (no login)|
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Response to Snake Rant - OT
Down South, we have cottonmouths and copperheads. These are dangerous little critters. A bite to a human adult is often painful, but, a bite to a human child is often fatal. There is no shortage of them either. Right now, we are overrrun with the slithering little bastards because of the lack of rain, and they are crawling bloody everywhere. They kill chickens, pets, and yes, there have been a few children killed. Under certian conditions these snakes become highly agressive, and, copperheads in particular, will actually chase you. Now I don't "hop out of my truck to kill roadside snakes" I don't kill little garden snakes either. I make specific targets of the snakes that are dangerous. I dunno about you, but, in real life, we do things like protect our selves, our wives, and our children from dangerous things. This aint no fairie tale where we all live happily together with the animals. I personally have no beef with harmless little snakes. I don't like em, but, I don't see any point in killing those.
And more research on the Moors. What a wonderful people.
The Moors, while they did not invent seige warfare, and psychological warfare, did refine them to new and disgusting levels. Moorish catapults were engines of fear as much as engines of bombardment.
In the dark ages, we all know folks catapulted livestock. Cows, chickens, what ever... Sometimes even dead or living people. The Moors refined this. Last night in a dusty old book that I had not read sitting in my library, I sat down and read a gruesome tale of Moorish Bombardment.
The Moors favoured sun dried camels as amunition. It seems the huge pocket of rancid fat caused a terrible mess. Clay pots were filled with spoiled camel's milk and launched. And in one city, an attack on the Huns, they used something the Huns held near and dear to them.
ELEPHANTS. Yes. Dear sweet mercy. The book makes no mention on whether or not the elephants were alive or dead, but, what a horrifying mess that would make... Atleast the living elephants would trumpet and make some sort of incoming siren. I could imagine the Huns, holed up in some city fort, and suddenly it began raining elephants of all things, probably cursed the Moors with their dying breaths. Huge vats of lamp oil were launched, and then flaming arrows or javelins would set it afire.
I have gained respect for these folks. Quite an interesting bunch.
- Thanks :) - ShadowHM on Dec 2, 7:23 AM
- A note on snakes - Dr Douglass on Dec 2, 9:22 AM
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- Good stuff - Charis on Dec 3, 5:20 AM