Monday, June 11, 2012

What gun for volcanic hotspots?

Marko has a discussion on shotgun ammunition going in his comment section. I went to Wikipedia to check something on shotgun slugs.

While I was there, I discovered that it is legal to hunt mouflon in Sweden with slugs. They have mouflon in Sweden? Turns out there are even mouflon in the Kerguelen Islands, where they were imported from Corsica in the1950s.

You know the Kerguelen Islands, down in the Indian Ocean? They're atop the Kerguelen hotspot, a volcanic hotpsot much like the one that produced the New England Seamount chain and, earlier, the White Mountains, near where this wikiwander started with the shooting of a marauding fox. I had no idea that there was a geological connection between New Hampshire and the Azores...

16 comments:

Woodman said...

Damn you Wikipedia!!!!!!

I rolled my will save on this one. Between that and Howard Taylor not linking TV Tropes I figure I've saved 5 hours of my life in the last couple days.

Jerry said...

Don't mind the mullet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlAa0IGCXCw

mikee said...

When I read "Kerguelen" I thought of the bad guy in Highlander, but Wiki informs me that was "Kurgan" I was thinking of, so never mind.

Although naming a sword weilding immortal bad guy after a volcanic hotspot would have been OK, too.

Is there a scientific name for mistaking a name for a similar but different name, other than stupidity? I ask only because I fear I have it, whichever you call it.

ExurbanKevin said...

What gun for volcanoes?

Airborne lasers, of course!

Mad Saint Jack said...

I don't know what gun to use, but Hornady® is re-branding their V-Max ammo...

Old NFO said...

LOL, thanks for another time sink Tam :-)

Anonymous said...

Kurgans are the burial gravemounts associated with the Eurasian semi-nomands ( proto-Scythians, Sarmatians, and those eurasian proto-cowboys who ended up preserved in the far Western Chinese deserts and near Siberia (the Tocharian speakers))

Always found it was funny they named a guy after the burial mount, but it makes sense I guess. He probably got buried a couple of times before they stopped bothering.

Brad K. said...

"Kerguelen Islands". I wonder, is that where F.M. Busby got the name for the title character in Young Rissa, Rissa and Tregare, and The Long View?

Anonymous said...

There may be a connection, but New Hamster and the Azores? I know who got the better end of that deal. It ain't New Hamster! Viva!, Viva!

Ed Foster said...

Cool! If the Great Meteor thingy rises another 900 feet, then we get to homestead, right?

Mikael said...

Mouflon is an introduced species in sweden, there's 50-60 pairs on some islands on the westcoast, its otherwise kept as a domestic animal. I don't think it's hunted, the swedish version of the wiki entry only noted that it's subject to the hunting law in relation to car accidents(obligation to report if you hit one).

I think you're allowed to hunt Red Deer with slugs though, but most people hunt them with the 6.5x55 swede.

GBBL said...

Tam - I sent an email to you about a little gun... Not sure if it interests you or not.

Anonymous said...

Kerguelen - named after the Breton ( French) discover of the god forsaken rock.

Love the Breton names, highly distinctive both in spelling and pronunciation in French. Which isn't s surprise really seeing as they weren't actually speaking French at all (Aside from nobles and border lands) until well into the modern era.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the French Bobbin Bullet or "Balle Blondeau" invented by Mr. Blondeau to permit French Resistance shotguns to stop police cars during WWII. They also work on critters, and can negotiate Improved chokes.

DirtCrashr said...

Kerguelen Islands: interesting and very desert island but sadly lacking in coconut palms from which to make toddy - however with the glaciere in a central location, one can begin to drill the Fortress of Solitude.
So typically Gallic, they name a geographical feature after a bit of Parliamentary rule-of-order: "Passe de la Resolution" - Seconded, all in favor say "Aye!"

Able said...

I've often been described as an 'intellectual kangaroo' but even I am impressed by your 'wanderings'.

I am not worthy!

In my defense I did end up, following the comments, listening to Denez Prigent (Breton singer - remember Black Hawk Down). Then Lisa Gerrard, to Dead Can Dance and ending up considering:

- what calibre for a zombie ballerina?