Corn markets in everything

Farmers across the U.S. have stumbled onto a fertile side hustle at a time when prices for their crops are low: cramming produce into an air gun and charging people to fire it into the sky.

Growers of corn, apples and even pumpkins place the agricultural ammo at the base of a long tube, sometimes with the help of a ramrod. Then they use an air compressor to build up enough pressure to send the fruits or vegetables flying hundreds of feet, where they land with a satisfying splat.

“Why not shoot it?” says Fred Howell, owner of Howell’s Pumpkin Patch in Cumming, Iowa. “We’re fat Americans and we play with our food.”

It’s a way to keep jaded teens and bored adults coming back to spend time and money on the farms while the youngest members of the family are happy petting sheep.

Here is the full WSJ story, via the excellent Samir Varma.

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+1!

Is "petting sheep" a euphemism?

Yes. It’s a euphemism for young white male rural incels to advocate for killing migrant children through negligence at the border.

End corn. End ICE.

Imposter!

I was thinking it was a euphemism for "stump rolling." There are no incels down on the farm.

Re: your beloved economic migrants, a.k.a., illegal aliens, and noncitizen democrat voters. If that were true, they'd stop coming.

You can't be my friend Anonymous. He/she's not bat-crap stupid.

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Clearly, they don't need Trump's bailout money any longer. Time to turn off that spigot.

That’s Taxpayer bailout money. And I’ve been paying it for decades.

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Along similar lines, when I had a tree removed from my yard, they set up a chipper at the street, and I thought about all the fun things I wanted to drop into it, to watch them shooting out the other side in little bits. I offered the guy $50 to put my old cathode-ray TV through the chipper, but he was too afraid of damage to the machine.

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Down with Mr. Contra! He is the worst!!!

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Pumpkins have been flung into the sky with catapults for some time.

That's a trebuchet, man. Learn your siege weapons!

Indeed, the trebuchet is also a pawn endgame technique in chess.

As for firing apples into the air, wasting them, what would Sir Robert Peel say? At the risky of sounding corny, it seems like a violation of the (anti) corn laws, more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Corn_Law_League

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Flinging pumpkins into the air has been been a part of harvest festivals for at least 40 years. Some people also carve pumpkins into shapes or make giant pumpkins into small boats. Is this pumpkin tosser by Acme Catapult a trebuchet or a catapult?

http://acmecatapult.com/history

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Is Punkin Chunkin competition still being done? went to watch it once years ago and it was a lot of fun

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Amateurs. Hairspray with hydrocarbon propellant, and some ingenious means of ignition. With the additional benefit of removing facial hair.

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If the markets have produced this outcome, it must be the most efficient use of capital, and vegetables.

This is clearly the result of government intervention. You really have to know nothing about the whole ethanol debacle to not see it.

If you say so, pumpkin.

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The correct answer is that the free market system has created such affluence that considerable quantities of food can essentially be wasted on low-brow entertainment such as that described above.

Possibly related

https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/d1y857/total_lifestylerelated_carbon_emission_by_global/

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Such is life in Trump's America.

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Gallagher was ahead of his time, I tell you.

Thread winner, +5 internet points

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The amount of wealth accrued to the middle class over the last 50 years is under reported.

Au contraire, it's all anyone talks about.

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"Growers of corn, apples and even pumpkins place the agricultural ammo at the base of a long tube, sometimes with the help of a ramrod. Then they use an air compressor to build up enough pressure to send the fruits or vegetables flying hundreds of feet, where they land with a satisfying splat."

I hope his insurance agent doesn't read that

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On a more serious note, Michael Pollan's book "The Omnivore's Dilemma" reviews some of the crazy agro-politics of the "corn monoculture".

its 2019
why do we have to bring our own buns to the chicken sandwich shop!

That is the communist impersonator.

No, it is not. I am myself.

You lie! Get out you communist running dog!

Geez, it’s just corn, people.

Shut up, Rice! We've had enough of your crap.

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So, for pleasure we turn food into waste but not by eating it first... Will it become a Summer or Winter Olympic Game???
This will certainly rival the shock for 3rd world peoples like when they realize we use perfectly good drinking water to flush our toilets.
It's hard to imagine a more pathetic example of how little those that have it to waste really care about those who have nothing...…….

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Iowa's agriculture problems will be solved when they legalize marijuana.

That will be follow by a pot surplus.

Followed by pot price supports and exporting pot to foreign countries

Under

The Pot for Peace Program.

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hahahahahahahahahhahahahaha

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I guess airguns are cheaper than windmills.

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Dear Taxpayers,

Please send more billions.

Hahahaaaaaahaha!

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Ladies and gentlemen, pumpkins can be put to better use: alcohol =)

https://moonshiners.club/pumpkin-moonshine-step-by-step-guide/

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There is a special place in hell for people who waste food

Agreed.

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Farmers are immune to supply and demand. They always want to produce more.

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