The next time you’re wandering through a Costco, don’t roll your eyes at the giant barrels of glowing orange cheese balls, wondering 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 revolutionize snacking as we know it.
It’s not often you come across a real-life mad scientist. They’re usually just over-the-top antagonists in comic books, but Colin Furze is the real thing. He has a penchant for building things that often blow up—on purpose—like this impossibly dangerous-looking thermite cannon.
Would shooting bowling balls out of a cannon make for good artillery? Sort of! The bowling balls whirrs out fast and strong and tries to strike everything in its way. It won’t break everything because if the ball comes in contact with a hard surface, it basically gets smashed into smithereens. Still, it’s a fun little…
Daredevil isn’t exactly a popular career choice, but the folks from Eclectical Engineering came up with a novel way to experience what it’s like to be shot out of a cannon, without risking your life or requiring you to join a traveling circus.
This is not a view you get very often. It’s the F-35A’s GAU-22/A 25mm internal cannon opened up for the world to see its mechanical firing process, including the barrels hydraulically spinning up, the low-observable gun door and the vent door popping open. And of course lots of smoke and flames.
Normally, you wouldn't want to have a cannon aimed at your face, much less a cannon that can see your face and follow it around. But a team of mechanical and electrical engineering students at Olin College decided to challenge that notion with their marshmallow-firing Confectionary Cannon. It's worth getting in this…
Looking like something straight off of Davy Jones' ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean, five cannons saw air for the very first time in almost 300 years yesterday as they were lifted from what's believed to be legendary pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship.
There's no shortage of plans online for building a simple ping pong cannon that can fire balls at hundreds of miles per hour. But you're probably not going to find the details of Purdue University Professor Mark French's cannon, since his creation can accelerate a ping pong ball to 900 miles per hour, or just over…
This is how the US Marines wish you a Merry Christmas, people. The Marines with Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment. So Star Warsy. They are firing Lightweight Howitzers during a night exercise. A beautiful shot of such a deadly weapon. [Flickr]
The Civil War ended almost 150 years ago, and by today's standards the weapons used are old-fashioned and outdated. But don't for a second think that means they weren't incredibly lethal. Because it turns out a modern car is still no match for a Civil War-era cannon.
The nice man explaining the in's and out's of this slingshot cannon looks and sounds exactly like he did the other day when I was imagining what slingshot cannon aficionados might look and sound like. This is not an insult.
Click to viewA two-foot long laser cannon—complete with its bright yellow protective case—disappeared from a truck in Denton, Texas recently. It's not weaponized, but its owners, the local authorities, the FBI, and the FAA are definitely concerned about it.
My wish that future wars be fought adorably with tiny cannons came a bit closer to reality today thanks to a resurgence of the mini-cannon, now in version 2.0. It is still as deadly as ever.
Remember this guy? Yang Youde, the maverick farm-defender with the homemade cannons and improvised defense system? It didn't turn out very well for him in the end. The Chinese authorities unsurprisingly failed to see the funny side of it.
Most farmers will just grab a shotgun, or phone the police when confronted with trespassers. Not Chinese farmer Yang Youde though, who fires petrol bombs from his homemade cannon—one time, he even held off 100 people.
"Alright men. Listen here and listen good. This landfill is one mean sumovabitch. And boy does it stink. Stinks bad. So we're rolling out the heavy artillery: One-hundred stink-killin', air-freshenin' cannons. I love the smell of deodorant in the morning."
The shoulder-launched dry ice cannon is great, but it takes $200 in supplies. At $55, this fireball air cannon is a far better deal for bargain hunters. Actually, forget being cheap. IT SHOOTS FIREBALLS. It's better period.