There's something very incongruous about Eric Jacqmain's video where he demonstrates a solar death-ray with the intensity of 5000 suns (or so he claims)... backed by plip-plop music you'd normally find in a day spa.
The 19-year-old hails from Indiana, where he was hiding this death ray which cost him just $US90 to make - before it was destroyed in a fire. Hmm. Suicide?
As you can see in the video below, he only had to wheel the 1.75m dish out, align it so it catches a bit of sun, and then whatever met its "heat spot" (which measured just a centimeter or two in size) instantly caught fire.
With Jacqmain's original death-ray now destroyed, he's currently building an even larger one with 32,000 mirrors. I guess if the US ever gets invaded, the military can call upon Archimedes - sorry, Jacqmain - for help? [Eric Jacqmain via Daily Mail]