The Air Force’s B-52 Bomber has been around since the 1950s and can hold up to 70,000 pounds of weapons. It’s a legendary beast that stretches 156 feet long, has a wingspan of 185 feet, and hits 40 feet tall. Known as the BUFF (that’s for Big Ugly Fat Fucker), it can hold nine weapons on each wing and 27 more inside…
Painting a wall is boring because it takes so much time and requires so much preparation to not get paint everywhere. But what if it could be exciting and done quickly and the point was to get paint everywhere? Like what if you blew up some paint buckets to see if the explosion of colors could paint a room?
Jagerbombs are awful and gross and taste like medicine and don’t really deserve to exist after you grow up. Explosions are awesome and cool and need to happen more in your life as you get old (the highly controlled, non-violent, and fun sort of explosions, of course). So the logical thing to do is to turn Jagerbombs…
Here is how subsidence craters are formed: an underground nuclear explosion gets set off and creates a hole underneath the ground. The ground collapses because nothing is supporting it anymore and then boom, giant crater. It is so gnarly to see because the ground looks like its melting into the core of the Earth.
Nuclear bombs are the deadliest weapons we’ve ever created because of the destruction they’ve 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…
Holy crap. Declassified footage of a US bombing of ISIS cash depots has been released and you can see the airstrike that made millions of dollars fly away ina swarm after the explosion. The money spreads all over the place.
Hey look, it’s the scariest New York Times sentence you’ll read in 2016:
East Asia’s secluded dictatorship says it’s got the technology to make monstrously destructive hydrogen bombs. Fat chance, say some defense experts.
This makes stepping on a jellyfish seem like no big deal: A beachgoer found a mysterious cylindrical hunk of sea-worn metal washed up on the shore at St. Pete Beach, Florida. It turned out to be a barnacle-covered M122 photoflash bomb from World War II, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The original footage of this battle between bats and crocodiles is already insane, as the crocs lurk in the water and chomp at the flying bats. But adding lasers to the crocs and fire bombs to the bats makes it even crazier. The warfare is like imagining a future where animals could use weapons.
Imagine you’re taking a walk and trying to enjoy Mother Nature for all her beauty when you brush up against a squirting cucumber and have it explode like a bomb and spew its seed and guts all over you like a blown up, shooting fire hydrant. These things are like a ticking time bomb, when they blow they GO.
We open in a movie theater, where two guys are arguing about cell phone etiquette. This discussion is perhaps the only vaguely realistic element of tonight’s episode, which is by far the dumbest CSI: Cyber installment yet, and yes, I am aware that is a bold statement.
Meet Rich and Dee Gibson, founders of Rich's Incredible Pyro, a spectacle of explosions that takes place at air shows around the country. In this New York Times documentary, the couple shares what they love about blowing shit up.
The Taliban reportedly has a new weapon in its crusade against the heretical West: remotely detonated birds. No, seriously, think birds wearing suicide vests. Why not just load explosives into a coconut and deliver them by swallow already?
A weapon from seven decades ago created a crisis in France this week. A team digging out a new metro line in Rennes, France found an enormous 550-lb. bomb from World War II lodged in the ground near City Hall. Over 3,000 people had to evacuate their homes.
Little Boy, the nuclear bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, leveled a two-mile radius of the city, killing an estimated 80,000 people. It was an enormous amount of destruction—and it was caused by less than two percent of the uranium carried by the bomb.
Watching 16 tons of explosives fall on this tiny little island is awe-inspiring—unless you are some animal living in that island, that is. Then it's pretty terrible. Sometimes it surprises me how something as horrible as this raw destruction power fascinates humans so much.
TSA lines are the very definition of a "necessary evil." Everyone hates the long waits and the awkward disrobing dances as you rid yourself of all your shoes, smartphones, metal, etc. Yet, we're eternally grateful when crazy people with samurai swords don't fly coach. Now, a new breakthrough in nanotechnology could…
A century ago today, the first shots of WWI were fired. It was the first modern conflict, fought with fatally efficient technology. Even today, crews must safely destroy bombs left untouched for a century. Erik Olsen traveled with one of those crews for The New York Times, bringing us a video glimpse at the delicate…
Every once in a while, we're reminded of World War I's awful legacy: Trenches that run like gashes through the French countryside, craters in farmland, the iron harvest. These scars are even deeper than we might imagine. Bombs actually shattered bedrock and created the bizarre, dimpled landscape of modern day Verdun.