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dr bartolo
996114.  Mon May 13, 2013 11:06 am Reply with quote

Kongming (孔明), or Zhuge liang (諸葛亮) was the chancellor of the state of Chu Han during the 2nd cent. He was said to have invented the mantou ( A kind of bread) and the landmine. Sky- lanterns ( The sort of miniature hot air balloons) are sometimes called Kongming lanterns, although it is unclear if he actually invented it, or it was named after the shape of his headdress.

The repeating crossbow, the crossbow version of a machine gun is called the zhūgě nǔ in Chinese, that is the "Zhuge crossbow" .

996119.  Mon May 13, 2013 11:56 am Reply with quote

I thought this was going to be about an alien ape set on destroying our planet :)

996134.  Mon May 13, 2013 12:28 pm Reply with quote

My Grandad was a keen archer and bowyer and he actually made one of these. His variant fired three bolts at a time.


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