The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

We may shake our heads at the TSA's antics from time to time, but the men and women holding you up at airport security are actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades. And daggers. And for whatever reason, a hell of a lot of sword canes. Here are some of the craziest things… » 12/23/14 12:20pm 12/23/14 12:20pm

Just a Couple Dudes Building Sauron's Mace From Lord of the Rings

With the final (supposedly) Hobbit movie on its way, a few modern day blacksmiths have decided celebrate by forging some good, old fashioned Middle Earth weaponry. This is how you build a mace worthy of the second Dark Lord himself. » 12/16/14 9:49am 12/16/14 9:49am

Military Kill Switches: A Great Idea That Won't Happen Soon

The ruthless killers of ISIS are wreaking havoc in the Middle East, aided in no small part by U.S. military weaponry the group has hijacked from the Iraqi army. But according to one Harvard law professor, there's an easy fix to our own weapons being used against us: kill switches. » 9/03/14 2:04pm 9/03/14 2:04pm

What Is a Ninja Star?

Whether it's true or not, Apple is denying that Steve Jobs ninja star story. But you might still wonder, what exactly is this forbidden implement, where did it come from and how do you throw it? » 9/14/10 3:28pm 9/14/10 3:28pm

Automated Paintball Sentry vs. Little Brother: Not a Fair Fight

Click to viewLook, kid, I know you need to defend yourself. But a little plastic sword? You can't bring a knife to a gunfight. [Today's Big Thing] » 7/07/10 9:20pm 7/07/10 9:20pm

When Flower Grenades Attack

In another life, I'm going to paraglide over rainforest loggers, attacking them with these $15 flower grenades and making the world a generally better place—if only through the ensuing irresistible deals on bouquets. [suckUK via MAKE via CrunchGear] » 6/03/10 1:20pm 6/03/10 1:20pm

Beware, Criminals: Japanese Police Now Equipped With Chintzy,…

Paintball guns for police sort of make sense, if you live in a country of incredibly timid criminals. But why do the guns have to look like they were bought at the dollar store? » 7/10/09 12:30am 7/10/09 12:30am

Pentagon's New "Suburb Warrior" UAVs Promise to Try to Kill Slightly…

The Pentagon's current crop of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are insanely powerful—the "Hellfire" is so named for a reason—but also fairly imprecise, often killing innocent, nearby civilians. The DoD's new UAVs hope to cut down on such casualties. » 6/19/09 12:30am 6/19/09 12:30am

Sap Cap Packs a Blackjack Into a Black Hat

The Sap Cap isn't just a logo-less baseball cap. It's also a blackjack, one of those weighted leather weapons private eyes used to get socked with all the time back in the 1940s. » 5/02/09 6:00pm 5/02/09 6:00pm

The Pentagon's EXACTO Rifle Will Be Able to Take Out Pirates A Mile Away

The EXACTO (EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance) rifle will conceivably be able to fire accurately at far longer distances than are possible now by combating weather with self-guiding bullets. Yes, you read that right. » 4/16/09 1:30am 4/16/09 1:30am

Russia's New Armor-Fooling Rocket Grenade Is An "Abrams Killer"…

The new rocket-propelled grenade RPG-30 anti-armor weapon recently unveiled in Russia has a sneaky trick to help it get past active defenses—it fires a tiny decoy rocket flying ahead of the main warhead. This is to confuse defensive systems into attacking the decoy, meaning they're too busy to successfully defeat the… » 12/01/08 9:30am 12/01/08 9:30am

Pixels for Pistols Trades Guns for Digital Cameras

Pixels for Pistols is a Toronto-based effort by the Henry's camera chain allowing anyone to trade in a gun, no questions asked, for a Nikon Coolpix S52 or Coolpix P60 camera. That's it. You give a gun and get a camera in an effort to get rid of unused guns that could be stolen and misused for crime. Lasting for four… » 10/22/08 2:45pm 10/22/08 2:45pm

Protect Yourself from Visigoths with Roman Siege Engine, Now for Sale…

Want to be the scariest ancient history buff in your neighborhood? A couple of timber engineers are selling their re-creation of a Roman ballista, which they made for a Discovery Channel documentary, on eBay. Though the 12-ton, 24 foot-tall war machine needs a little restoration work and doesn't currently function,… » 10/01/08 1:00am 10/01/08 1:00am

Halo Energy Sword Makes You Unstoppable/Arrestable

We've all picked up the Covenant Energy Sword in a multiplayer match of Halo, grinning with childlike glee...only to be combo sniped and teabagged into oblivion. Now you can settle the score in real life with this Halo energy sword replica. Cast in stainless steel finished with the reflective "spectrum treatment," the… » 9/24/08 9:15am 9/24/08 9:15am

Russia Builds Up Inflatable Military Decoys

Are you the dictator of a country that's desperate to seem powerful to its neighbors, but not quite rich enough to afford the armaments it wants? Take a page from the Fortitude South » 9/11/08 12:00am 9/11/08 12:00am and buy these inflatable versions of scary military equipment! Trick foreign satellites and spy planes into thinking you're a viable…

WASP Knife Will Freeze and Blow Up Your Organs

Add this to my "Things to hyperventilate over" list: British police are on the lookout for something called a WASP Knife, a weapon that injects a ball of compressed gas into its victim that then expands to the size of a basketball, instantly freezing and exploding their internal organs. The blade, which was designed… » 7/19/08 9:00pm 7/19/08 9:00pm

Working LEGO Gun Will Make You Shoot Bricks

One man's LEGO is another man's treasure, and what better way is there to guard your grand stash of colored bricks than by using the bricks themselves as a weapon? The Thriller Automatic and Thriller Compact are slide action crossbow pistols with cocking and chambering mechanisms that are almost completely made out… » 6/29/08 11:00am 6/29/08 11:00am