This Guy Made a Spinning Wheel of Death With Clothespins and a Drill

Joerg Sprave is YouTube's pre-eminent creator of all things slingshot. On The Slingshot Channel, he shows off his various crazy-genius creations varying from all different levels of lethality. This Sunday Sprave debuted, as he describes, "the world's first drill-powered, fully automatic dart launcher." » 11/30/14 7:00pm 11/30/14 7:00pm

Human Angry Bird launches into the sky using a giant slingshot

This is pretty damn cool: Rather than just jumping off the edge of a cliff, this BASE jumper turned himself into a real-life Angry Bird, using giant slingshot—and some feathers—to launch into the sky. The only thing that I'm missing is him eating some bacon after opening his parachute. » 10/23/14 7:59pm 10/23/14 7:59pm

Facebook Is Testing Self-Destructing Posts

Spotted by The Next Web, Facebook is testing a new feature that would allow people to schedule a time for their posts to be scrubbed from their timeline. This "Choose Expiration" feature lets you choose a life expectancy from 1 hour up to 7 days, based on user screenshots. » 9/10/14 12:52pm 9/10/14 12:52pm

Facebook's Snapchat Clone Just Got a Little Less Ridiculous

Slingshot, Facebook's second swing at Snapchat-like ephemera, may be pretty to look at, but until now, it's suffered from one huge problem: It didn't make a lick of sense. Thankfully, Facebook's finally remedied that by getting rid of its absurd reply-to-unlock feature. In other words—you can actually use it to have a… » 8/01/14 9:14am 8/01/14 9:14am

​Polaris Slingshot: Can Three Wheels Make A Better Roadster?

What you're looking at is going to be one of the most fun cars debuting for 2015. But, the Polaris Slingshot isn't a car, it's a "motorcycle." Here's why that matters and what it means for you, the enthusiast driver. » 7/28/14 2:05pm 7/28/14 2:05pm

Slingshot's Designers Say You're Using It Wrong

Facebook's new app, Slingshot, is confusing. The premise behind it is that you can send images to your friends—but they won't be able to see your image until they send one back to you. As a messaging service, it's flawed. But, according to the app's designers, it's not a messaging service. It's something entirely… » 6/23/14 4:00pm 6/23/14 4:00pm

Are You Using Facebook's Slingshot?

Slingshot is Facebook's second attempt at trying to jump onto the ephemeral messaging bandwagon. It's basically a mashup of the disastrous Poke and Snapchat but with a twist - to unlock a message you've received, you need to send one back. » 6/22/14 1:05pm 6/22/14 1:05pm

Why Snapchat's Imitators Don't Work

The last few months have seen a crushing wave of Snapchat imitators, pretenders to the ephemeral throne. And every one of them has completely missed the point. » 6/20/14 11:00am 6/20/14 11:00am

Facebook Slingshot Hands On: A Less Useful, More Confusing Snapchat

Facebook's Snapchat Competitor Is Finally Here (For Real This Time)

After a false start late last week, Facebook's Snapchat clone is finally available, on purpose, and will stay so for the foreseeable future, or the end of recorded history, whichever comes first. » 6/17/14 1:11pm 6/17/14 1:11pm

Slingshot, Facebook's Snapchat-Like Competitor, Is Finally Here…

Adding to Facebook's ever increasing lineup of standalone apps, Slingshot is the social media giant's latest attempt to take on Snapchat. Hey—it can't be any worse than Poke. » 6/09/14 3:56pm 6/09/14 3:56pm

Pencils Are Even More Deadly When They're Actually Steel Nails

The thing I appreciate about The Slingshot Channel is that it always brings projects two or three iterations past what I would ever think to pursue. The pencil shooter Joerg made last week was more of a curiosity. Not the most deadly thing we've seen by a long shot. See what I did there? » 10/13/13 12:49pm 10/13/13 12:49pm

An Extracurricular And Deadly Use For Pencils

I wouldn't say using pencils as zombie-killing projectiles would be my first thought, but if you do enough slingshot-ing I guess it makes sense that you would eventually run up against office supplies as a source of inspiration. Joerg updates his pencil shooter to be crank operated and more efficient. It can shoot… » 10/06/13 7:59pm 10/06/13 7:59pm

"Brain Slicer" Arrowheads Sound Like The Most Legit Arrowheads

What's a casual way to start a video? How about a fun little opening introducing what you're going to do or make. You could say something like, "Arrows are normally a good way to pierce a skull, but I'm concerned that [they] may not destroy enough brain matter." Light hearted fun! » 9/08/13 5:40pm 9/08/13 5:40pm

Alien Probes Could Already Be In Our Solar System According To Math

If you've been trying to recall what makes theoretical math super fun, here's a reminder. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh published a paper in the International Journal of Astrobiology that examines how long it would take Voyager-sized probes to bop around the Milky Way and eventually encounter our solar… » 7/21/13 11:30am 7/21/13 11:30am

The Slow-Motion Physics of Hand-Held Slingshots

We're big fans of the Smarter Every Day and Slingshot YouTube channels—so it's always nice when Destin and Joerg, their respective owners, get together. This time round, they use high-speed photography to take a close look at the physics of hand-held slingshots—and work out how to make them as destructive as possible. » 7/20/12 5:23am 7/20/12 5:23am

African Spear Throwing Slingshot Bazooka Is Internet's Newest Insane…

In the most destructive mixture of German and African culture since the Berlin Conference, Teutonic wood warlord Joerg Sprave has outdone himself. His newest Crazy Weapon might be the Craziest Crazy Weapon he's ever Crazied. » 7/15/12 2:00pm 7/15/12 2:00pm

This Slingshot Can Kill Humans—With Style

The $100 Montie Gear Y-Fork Slingshot—designed by Nichols Pennington—is made of aluminum, with a paracord-wrapped handle and a Thera-Band Gold flat band with a leather pouch. It can throw 0.5-inch ball bearings or .44 cal lead ball. » 3/22/12 3:40pm 3/22/12 3:40pm

Human Slingshots Are Probably the Most Fun You Can Have on Land

Sure, I know that human slingshots aren't exactly new but not new doesn't mean they're not fun. In fact, like this video proves, if you get a group of friends together with a few helmet cams, video cameras, an ATV and a human slingshot, you'll have the time of your freaking life. » 10/21/11 11:00am 10/21/11 11:00am

Watch the Slingshot Madman Unload His Vampire Stake on Raw Flesh

The request line is open on bald t-shirted madman Joerg Sprave's Slingshot Channel, and apparently the one thing you've wanted to see more of is razor-sharp blades slicing through frozen chunks of meat. Thank god. » 8/08/11 8:34am 8/08/11 8:34am