A boomerang makes a good whittling project. Start with a piece of a bent tree branch, split it lengthwise with an axe, and whittle away at it with a knife until you have made your own handcrafted throwing stick. Experiment with body and edge shapes to find what creates the best results when you fling your projectile into the wild blue yonder.
Boomerang: What you say to frighten a meringue.
Boomerangs come in two general categories: returning and non-returning.
A native Australian was given a new boomerang as a gift. The trouble was that he spent the rest of his life trying to throw his old one away.
The returning boomerang can be used for recreation and sports, as a leisure toy, or as a weapon. A returning boomerang consist of two or more connected airfoil wings, configured so as to create an aerodynamically imbalanced shape that follows an elliptical trajectory, so that if used properly, it will fly away from the thrower, follow a curved flight path, and then return to the thrower.
Jack: What do you get if you cross a skunk and a boomerang?
Jill: A smell you cannot get rid of.
The non-returning boomerang, or throwing stick, is intended primarily as a lethal weapon for use by hunters to kill animals for food, and doubles as an implement for digging and for starting friction fires, and even as a sound-producing instrument or signaling device when two of the sticks are struck together.
Riddle: What do you call a boomerang that does not return after you throw it?
Answer: A stick.
A group of hunters armed with boomerangs can launch them into a flock of birds or a herd of animals in a coordinated effort, and with some statistical likelihood, achieve the objective of bringing down one or more of the birds or animals for their next meal.
Anne: What is an Australian ghost’s favorite snack?
Gus: Boo-meringue pie.
Boomerangs use the same general principle as the wings of airplanes which, when moving forward through the air, develop lift. Indeed, boomerangs are among the earliest known human-made heavier-than-air flying objects, developed before even the bow-and-arrow and the slingshot.
“The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds, and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.” -Florence Scovel Shinn (1871 - 1940): “The Game of Life and How to Play It” (1925)
Boomerang: A cross between a cannon and a bell.
Although boomerangs are often associated with the continent of Australia, they have also been discovered in much older sites in the part of the world that is now the country of Poland, and which are associated with early humans of about 30,000 years ago. Other boomerangs have been found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs that are over 2,000 years old.
Overheard: My uncle Will had a boomerang that he did not want, but every time he tried to throw it away, he ended up badly injured.
In 1992, German astronaut Ulf Merbold performed an experiment aboard the orbiting Spacelab that demonstrated boomerangs can function in zero gravity just as they do on Earth. French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy demonstrated the experiment while aboard the Mir space station in 1997. In 2008, Japanese astronaut Takao Doi again repeated the experiment. Who says people cannot have fun in space?
Samantha: How do you get rid of a boomerang?
Tabitha: Throw it down a one-way street?
Boomerangs: Echo sticks.
The best place to be when your boomerang makes its return flight would be behind a tree or rock, wearing a helmet, goggles, and thick padded protective clothes. Until you have gotten significant practice in throwing boomerangs, it is recommended that you do so only under the supervision of an experienced boomerang thrower. Practice in an area with plenty of room and with no people or animals or breakable objects within the throwing stick’s flight path, which of course means you will not want anyone standing close to you, either. An open field will do nicely. A boomerang is a potential killing weapon, so when it comes flying back to you, never try to catch it as you would a ball or a Frisbee; instead, let it hit the ground and then go pick it up.
He wondered why the boomerang kept getting bigger until it finally hit him.
“Life is like a boomerang; the more good you throw out, the more you get in return.” -Author Unknown
A Boomerang World
As I was sitting outside this morning sipping my coffee and watching the Sun climb over the horizon, I looked down and saw a curved stick on the ground that reminded me of a boomerang. Suddenly I was caught up in memories of me as a kid playing for hours on end in my grandfather’s backyard with a small wooden boomerang he had given to me as a gift.
Remember when you were a kid, how fascinated you were with boomerangs? (At least I was.) You take this flat, curved piece of wood and throw it and then watch in amazement as it curves around in the air and comes right back to you.
As ‘miraculous’ as that seemed when we were kids, I’ve found that most of our life is like that. Whatever we throw out there, comes back to us.
We live in a boomerang world.
Let me explain:
If you smile at someone, in almost every case, they will smile back. Try it now with someone nearby and see if it works.
If you are kind toward someone, he or she will usually be kind in return. Of course, this also works in the other direction.
If you complain to someone, they will share their complaints with you. In fact, you may quickly find yourself in a subtle competition to see who is more miserable.
If you get angry at someone, they will usually get angry with you. And so on . . .
The fact is, whatever you decide to throw out into the world will usually circle around and land right back at your feet, much like the boomerangs we played with as kids.
Here’s what struck me this morning.
I have a choice about what I decide to throw out into my world. I have a choice about what I want to land at my feet?
If you want more joy - throw it out there.
If you want more happiness - throw some happiness out there to someone else and watch it miraculously come back to you.
It even works with money. Need money? Give some away. The spiritual leaders from the beginning of time have been telling us this, but most of us are afraid to believe it.
It works in just about every area of our life. When we give something away, when we throw it out there - it comes back to us.
But here’s the good news and this is really the miraculous part, we actually get more back than what we throw out there. Plant a seed and you don’t just get one seed back. You get hundreds - maybe even thousands!
So today and for as many days afterwards as you want, make a conscious choice about what you want to throw out into the world. By doing this, you will be making a choice about what is going to come back and land at your feet.
Remember the boomerang and that whatever you throw out there, will come back to you many times over.
by Author Unknown
Jeremiah: What do you get when you cross a boomerang and a rubber band?
Jeremy: A snappy comeback!
“Everything you unleash into the world will find its way back to you.” -Author Unknown
Bernie: Why did the dog cross the road twice?
Barney: He was trying to fetch a boomerang.
Overheard: “I threw a boomerang six years ago, and it never came back. Now I live in constant fear.”
This is MFOL! . . . boomeranging out all across the internet . . . we can hardly wait to see its return flight . . . there it is . . . run for your life!