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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.


Cheese Ball Cannon Reveals Brilliant Future Of Snacking

Video: In the US, glowing orange cheese balls come by the giant barrel. Don’t roll your eyes and wonder 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.


Liquid Metal Bullets Wreck Havoc On A Watermelon

Lead is a relatively soft metal, and the fact that it deforms is what makes lead bullets so deadly. It expands inside whatever it hits causing more damage to the surrounding area. But there are metals much softer than lead and their effects on contact are even more pronounced — so naturally someone made them into bullets.


Watch A Spear Get Forged Using Centuries-Old Methods

Video: To make a spearhead like a Norman smith from the year 1066, you have to start with an iron steel sandwich. Yup, a piece of hard iron or steel gets sandwiched between two pieces of soft iron until they’re all hammered and welded together. After that, a socket needs to be made, which means the smith flattens out the metal wide enough so it can be folded into a circle to stick a wooden shaft in.


Renaissance Festival Actor Spears A Historically-Inaccurate Drone Right Out Of The Sky

Video: You have to be careful when attending a renaissance festival. Some of those in attendance take historical accuracy very, very seriously. Whipping out your smartphone could lead to a night in the stocks, and trying to film the festivities with a flying drone will incur an even worse fate for your quadcopter.


Someone Invented The Champagne Gun

Just let that sink in folks. Yes, with all the world’s problems solved, one or more engineers tasked themselves with the last, great obstacle facing mankind: How does one efficiently spray another person with bubbly booze? Don’t panic, we figured it out.


Seeing A Bullet Shoot Out From A Homemade Quad Barrel Shotgun Is Unreal

Video: Wow. Let’s never ever be on this end of a gun barrel in real life, but seeing the slug shoot out from this homemade quad barrel shotgun is really, really impressive. The homemade weapon is pure insanity — like something only fit for a comic book villain — because its four shotgun barrels in one. Seeing it fire in slow motion is unreal. You can basically see the bullet dance in the air.


All The Largest Nuclear Explosions In History

Video: Nuclear bombs are the deadliest weapons we’ve ever created because of the destruction they have caused to human life and the damage they leave with radiation and the sheer magnitude of their explosions. The arms race led to more and more testing of bigger and bigger bombs. Here are the largest nuclear explosions in history.


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