It is believed that the boomerang is an invention of the Aboriginal people of Australia. This is not entirely true. Archaeologists claim that other peoples in ancient times also used throwing weapons, very similar to boomerangs. For example, in Mesopotamia and India, boomerangs were used several millennia ago. The most amazing thing is that such weapons were found even on the territory of modern Holland. Analysis showed that this boomerang was made over 2, 000 years ago.
But, in our time, hunting with a boomerang can be seen only among Australian aborigines. Moreover, in the hands of the master, the boomerang is a very formidable weapon capable of hitting a target at a distance of up to 200 meters. A unique property of a boomerang is that due to rotation, it can hit an animal from the side from which it does not expect an attack.
Aboriginal people use both returning boomerangs and non-returning ones. Those that do not return are of more solid weight. But the destructive power of such a projectile is much higher. Moreover, such boomerangs are used not only for hunting, but also during the war.
Boomerang throwing competitions are regularly held in Australia. The arbitrators evaluate not only the accuracy, but also the flight range, as well as the time that the projectile is in the air. During the record throw, the flight duration was 50.8 seconds.
The boomerang's flight speed reaches 80 kilometers per hour. In one second, it is able to make 10 revolutions around its axis.
In 1988, the Houses of Parliament were opened in Canberra (the capital of Australia). It has a very interesting design: the building is built in the form of two crossed boomerangs, over which there is an 81-meter flagpole. The construction cost a hefty sum, over one billion Australian dollars.
The famous navigator James Cook visited eastern Australia in 1770. It was here that the Europeans saw this weapon among the aborigines of the Turawal tribe and heard its name "boo-mar-rang". However, this name is not common throughout the continent. Many Australian tribes call boomerangs differently.
James Cook brought a boomerang purchased from the Australians to his native England. The navigator himself died a few years later in the Hawaiian Islands in a clash with a local tribe, but his boomerang has survived to this day. In 2008 it was put up for auction. The starting price was £ 60, 00.
Australia quickly reacted to this fact: Merv Ryan, a representative of one of the Australian tribes, said that this valuable exhibit should be returned to its historical homeland. There was even a proposal in the Australian parliament to buy this boomerang. And one of the deputies called on the UK to return it as a gift. True, there is no information that Cook took possession of the boomerang illegally, which means that there is no reason to demand it back.
As you know, Australia took part in the First World War. In the Australian army of that time, grenades mounted on a boomerang were successfully used. Naturally, only those boomerangs that do not come back were used for these purposes.