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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Boomerang

Most boomerangs don’t come back and were never intended to do so. The returning variety are thought to have evolved as a special form, for recreational use and for scaring birds into hunters nets.

There are 7 types of boomerangs. They are the 'returning', 'hunting', 'hook', 'club', 'U shape', 'Y shape' and the 'cross'. The returning boomerang has only been around for about 200 years and only used for hunting to a minor extent.


It is believed that boomerangs are amongst the first flying objects invented by humans, which were heavier-than-air.

The oldest boomerang found was in Olazowa Cave in Poland. Made out of a Mammoth tusk, it is has been dated to be about 30,000 years old.

Boomerangs were found in King Tutankhamen's tomb (1371 - 1325 BC) in excellent condition. Some of them were capped with gold.

Although difficult to say with any precision, it seems that the name is loosely based on the Aborigine shout; “boom my row”, which roughly means, ‘return, stick’. It seems that those who threw the boomerangs cried this to will it to return to them. Boomerang was first described in detail and recorded as a "boumarang" in 1822.

Although difficult to say with any precision, it seems that the boomerang name is loosely based on the Aborigine shout; “boom my row”, which roughly means, ‘return, stick’. The stick that returns to the thrower was first described in detail and recorded as a "boumarang" in 1822.


An astronaut threw a boomerang while visiting the International Space Station and it came back to him, even in the absence of gravity.

The world’s largest working boomerang — 9 feet (2.74 metres) from tip to tip — was thrown by the British Boomerang Society at The Oval cricket ground in 2014.

The world’s smallest boomerang to travel more than 20m was 48mm.

The longest time in the air for a boomerang is over 2 minutes.

2251 consecutive boomerang catches is the current world record.

There are boomerang associations in Australia, France, Canada, England, Germany, Japan, Holland, United States and Switzerland.

Sources Boomerangsrus.com, Funtrivia.com

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