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January 27, 2014


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Fans of the (wonderful, sadly retired) comic strip “Cul de Sac” got quite familiar with trebuchets; the preschool heroine, Alice, has a friend whose brothers are always building trebuchets in their yard.

A metaphoric usage:


There is also a typeface called Trebuchet. From Wikipedia:
Trebuchet MS is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Vincent Connare for the Microsoft Corporation in 1996. It is named after the trebuchet, a medieval siege engine. The name was inspired by a puzzle question that Connare heard at Microsoft headquarters: "Can you make a trebuchet that could launch a person from main campus to the new consumer campus about a mile away? Mathematically, is it possible and how?" Connare "thought that would be a great name for a font that launches words across the Internet".

Lowdudgeon: Great story!

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