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This Giant Fire-Breathing Vortex Cannon Is Literally Lit

Video: Bigger is always better, but you can make anything even awesomer with the addition of fire. That’s what Kevin Kohler, the Backyard Scientist, did with one of those vortex air cannon toys. He not only built one ten times larger, he also uses it to blast rings of propane gas towards an open flame to create spectacular flying rings of fire.


3D-Printed Gatling Gun Fires 48 Rubber Bands in Mere Seconds

Matthew Davis’ Arcus is officially the most impressive thing we’ve ever seen come out of a 3D printer. Sure, cheap prosthetics and replacement body parts are important uses of the technology, but this spinning rubber band blaster is what finally makes us want to put a 3D printer on our desks.


Watch A Real Life Version Of Aquaman's Trident Get Made

Considering all the complicated weapons that Man at Arms has made in the past, I thought forging Aquaman’s Trident of Neptune would be relatively easy for them. But then I realised that Aquaman’s trident is actually more of a quincident since it has five points welded together and that making all those individual harpoon points from metal and then welding them together and then sanding it down is a hell of a lot of work. But it’s totally worth it for such a beast of a weapon.


A Pinch Of Nuclear Forensics Can Change The Way We View Past Blasts

A new test developed by scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico can potentially alter what we know about the nuclear tests done as a part of the Manhattan Project.


Refashion An Uzi Into A Doorbell For All Your Post-Apocalyptic Needs

YouTube personality Colin Furze has created some explosive, flashy things in the past, such as a Mad Max-style flamethrower guitar and an explosive Death Star because, why not I suppose.


What Does Every Camper Need? A Marshmallow Crossbow, Obviously

On today’s episode of weird and wonderful weapons, we’re going to look at the marshmallow crossbow from the Vancouver-based Litchfield. Why anyone would want such a device is beyond me, but there must have been some inkling of a market for it to be a thing.


8 Low-Tech Weapons And Tactics Used By Both Sides In WWII

In a war that featured Blitzkriegs, V2 rockets, and nuclear weapons, it’s easy to forget about some of the more old-timey weapons and tactics used during the conflict. Here are eight that proved their worth.


Terrifying Helmet Doubles As Flamethrower

Two fundamental rules in most science labs are 1) always have protective eyewear on and 2) don’t stick your face next to stuff that’s on fire. For these reasons, Sufficiently Advanced‘s flamethrower welding helmet presents a conundrum.


10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed To Exist

As we head deeper into the 21st century, we’re starting to catch a glimpse of the fantastic technological possibilities that await. But we’re also starting to get a grim sense of the potential horrors. Here are 10 frightening technologies that should never, ever, come into existence.


Roman Troops Used Whistling Projectiles To Terrify The Enemy

Archaeologists working at an ancient Roman battlefield in Scotland have discovered a type of pierced sling-bullet that made a whistling sound when hurled at the enemy.


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