Video: There's nothing I want to do more in life than to shoot a Tesla coil gun. Seeing those bolts of electricity fly out of that death ray-looking weapon is basically all I've ever dreamed about since I've watched Ghostbusters, and this Tesla coil gun is the closest thing to a real-life Proton Pack that I've ever seen.
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Hooray. If you live south of the Equator or in any of the countries that light up green in the map above, you're good. Keep on living there because you don't squat next to any nuclear weapons. But if you're in the countries painted red — like the United States, Germany, Russia, China, India and so on — you might live closer to a nuclear bomb than you think.
Video: It takes The Slow Mo Guys a few attempts and false starts to hit the burning wick of a candle with an air gun. But when they actually do, it's damn impressive to see in slow motion, because it basically vaporises on impact and the candle's flame follows the bullet in a wonderful, fiery trail until it disappears.
Video: There are endless documentaries that explain the clever technology that allowed World War I fighter planes to fire their machine guns through their propellers without hitting the blades. But The Slow Mo Guys use their high-speed cameras so you can finally see exactly what's happening.
Video: As YouTube's Sam and Niko discovered, mounting a small action camera, like a GoPro Hero5 Session, to an arrow isn't terribly difficult. The hard part is finding a way to stabilise the spinning footage it captures so that you end up with these hypnotic first-person views of an arrow in flight.
Video: From Sam O'Nella, here's an amusing look at some of the weird, creative and deeply sinister weapons used during the Medieval period, when castles and knights and dragons existed (oh wait). The six-storey tall super giant Warwolf trebuchet, used to bludgeon castles to bits; Greek fire flamethrowers that basically burned everyone and everything; and a terrible use of pigeons, sparrows and their nests to light an entire city on fire.
If you think about it, a crowbar already comes vaguely sword-shaped (or as sword-shaped as any long metal tool can be). You just need to hammer down the curved end of the crowbar to create a hilt and then sharpen the straight edge to create the blade. To add flair to the super simple concept, Miller Knives gave the sword a stylish curve. You can't even tell the beautiful weapon actually started out as a lowly crowbar.
Given they're just toys, Nerf's blasters aren't really known for accuracy. The best approach has always been to just send as many darts as possible at your target to improve your chances of hitting it. But with Nerf's new Accustrike line, precision, patience and aiming are finally the better approach.
Video: To celebrate reaching a million subscribers on YouTube, the internet's favourite slingshot-building madman, Joerg Sprave, has engineered his largest creation to date: A massive elastic-powered weapon that turns bowling balls into flying projectiles.
Video: Does just the thought of February 14 fill you with dread? Did you spend the last couple of Valentine's Days alone, in bed, eating ice cream straight from the tub? If this video of roses being sliced up with a katana blade in slow motion seems like the perfect metaphor for your love life, it might also make you feel a little better about the worst of the Hallmark holidays.
Video: You can basically transform anything made out of metal into a working knife — if you blast it with enough heat, pound it enough times with a hammer and then sharpen it over and over again. Even an old horseshoe can become an implement of danger. Watch as Miller Knives uses the U-shape of the shoe to cook up a pretty looking blade with a bad arse curved handle. That bend is sweet.
Video: 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 water gun that YouTuber Asp built. It's capable of inflicting a tremendous amount of damage, even serious bodily harm if pointed in the wrong direction.
Every new Star Wars movie means the fictional universe gets new characters, new storylines, new planets, new vehicles, and, most importantly, new toys. With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting theatres in just a few months, the film's marketing onslaught is now officially underway, including new blasters from Nerf if you've got Death Star plans of your own to steal.
For the upcoming Hacked on Classics show being held as part of the Brighton Digital Festival in the UK this month, hacker Seb Lee-Delisle modified the classic NES' Zapper accessory with LEDs, a green laser, the smoke-generating parts from an e-cigarette and a small blower to create the convincing effect of a functional laser pistol.
Video: Junkyard flint knapping is my new favourite thing because it takes a piece of trash and recycles it into something else entirely with just a few taps (OK, more than a few taps). But watch Shawn Woods find an old bottle and then reshape it with tools that consist of an antler, a screw, and like a needle thing.
When your work requires you to be in an office and interact with other people, you owe it to your co-workers to keep up your personal hygiene. That includes ensuring you keep the insides of your ears neat and tidy, unless you want your co-workers to do it for you using a tiny cotton bud crossbow. (You don't.)
Video: The board game Operation is a great example of how negative feedback can also negatively affect your performance. But instead of playing in constant fear of that loud buzzing sound, when you touch the sides while playing this sadistic version of Operation, you get blasted with a paintball gun. Sounds like a lot of fun.