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Musk’s Flamethrower Looks Like a Toddler’s Toy Next to This Jet-Powered Fire Tornado Cannon

If you weren’t able to scrape together $500 to buy Elon Musk’s fund-raising flamethrower, YouTube’s Jairus of All has a cheaper, DIY alternative that instead spews a massive spinning tornado of fire using a pair of ducted fans and a tank of liquid propane worn as a backpack. Read More >>

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Build This DIY Cannon to Catch Rogue Drones

Unlike an RC car that will simply crash into a wall if you lose control, an expensive drone can potentially fly for miles after it stops heeding your remote’s commands. But while a shotgun can blast your treasured robot out of the sky before causes any trouble, this net-firing, air-powered, anti-drone cannon seems like a much safer solution. Read More >>

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Blasting a GoPro Out of a Cannon at 84 MPH Is Easier Than Piloting a Drone

After successfully launching a GoPro through the air using a bow and arrow, YouTube’s Sam and Niko have taken that experiment to new heights, and new speeds, by instead blasting the tiny action camera out of a compressed air cannon. Read More >>

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Crazy Japanese Inventor Builds Lethal Water Gun

When the Super Soaker was released 25 years ago, it stirred up a bit of controversy when some idiots filled the water guns with bleach. But that’s nothing compared to how dangerous this pressurised H2O water cannon that YouTuber Asp built. It’s capable of inflicting a tremendous amount of damage, even serious bodily harm if pointed in the wrong direction. Read More >>

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Wotsits Cannon Reveals Brilliant Future of Snacking

The next time you’re wandering through a Costco, don’t roll your eyes at the giant barrels of glowing orange cheese balls, wondering why anyone would buy such a thing. Because this is why you’d buy it: to build yourself a cheese ball-blasting machine gun that will revolutionise snacking as we know it. Read More >>

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A Wannabe Supervillian Built His Own Thermite Cannon

It’s not often you come across a real-life mad scientist. They’re usually just over-the-top antagonists in comic books, but Colin Furze is the real thing. He has a penchant for building things that often blow up—on purpose—like this impossibly dangerous-looking thermite cannon. Read More >>

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Safely Experience Being Shot out of a Cannon With a GoPro Cannonball

Daredevil isn’t exactly a popular career choice, but the folks from Eclectical Engineering came up with a novel way to experience what it’s like to be shot out of a cannon, without risking your life or requiring you to join a travelling circus. Read More >>

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A Face-Tracking Marshmallow Cannon Aims Straight For Your Mouth

Normally, you wouldn't want to have a cannon aimed at your face, much less a cannon that can see your face and follow it around. But a team of mechanical and electrical engineering students at Olin College decided to challenge that notion with their marshmallow-firing Confectionary Cannon. It's worth getting in this sucker's sights. Read More >>

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Five Ancient Cannons Were Just Rescued From Blackbeard’s Sunken Ship

Looking like something straight off of Davy Jones' ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean, five cannons saw air for the very first time in almost 300 years yesterday as they were lifted from what's believed to be legendary pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship. Read More >>

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What Happens When a 900MPH Ping Pong Serve Hits Your Paddle

There's no shortage of plans online for building a simple ping pong cannon that can fire balls at hundreds of miles per hour. But you're probably not going to find the details of Purdue University Professor Mark French's cannon, since his creation can accelerate a ping pong ball to 900 miles per hour, or just over Mach 1.2. Read More >>

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Check Out This Awesome Image of the US Marines Firing Artillery At Night

This is how the US Marines wish you a Merry Christmas, people. The Marines with Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment. So Star Warsy. They are firing Lightweight Howitzers during a night exercise. A beautiful shot of such a deadly weapon. [Flickr] Read More >>

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Watch This Cannonball Tear Through a Modern Car Like It Was Parchment

The Civil War ended almost 150 years ago, and by today's standards the weapons used are old-fashioned and outdated. But don't for a second think that means they weren't incredibly lethal. Because it turns out a modern car is still no match for a Civil War-era cannon. Read More >>