My wife and I were avid fans of Northern Exposure when it was on. We especially loved the episodes where Chris Stevens did anything with his "Fling", a huge tebuchet. I remember several various things getting the Fling: a car (perhaps?), a piano, his dead buddy Tully still in his coffin. Imagine my happiness when I found a reference to this today: trebuchet - Photobucket.
(Via Hugh Hewitt)