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“Some people call it super gun. I’m OK with that,”

The U.S. Navy has just unveiled two rail-gun prototypes that it will be testing in 2016. [video] [more inside]
posted by quin on Jul 10, 2014 - 73 comments

ba boom

Dumt & Farligt blow things up again. In slow motion HD. Previously
posted by special-k on Mar 19, 2013 - 18 comments

Crashing est art

Crashing est art: What does it take to kill a Volvo? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Dec 26, 2012 - 40 comments

Amateur Footage of NASCAR Wrecks

Sure the television broadcasts catch every angle of NASCAR wrecks. However, I think views from the grandstands offer a unique view of the thrill and danger of these events.

[more inside]
posted by zzazazz on Nov 24, 2012 - 72 comments

What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?

What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?
posted by markdj on Jul 10, 2012 - 108 comments

Happy ID4 day!

"Welcome to Earth!"
posted by Artw on Jul 4, 2012 - 79 comments

BOOOF!

The Spudgun Technology Center, for all your spudgun needs. Many of us have probably built a spudgun (aka: potato cannon, spudchucker, potato launcher) before, most likely something along the lines of this basic model. Perhaps some of us have even built pneumatic cannons, or perhaps experimented with different fuels. The Spud Gun Technology center takes spudgun engineering to levels far beyond your wildest adolescent dreams. (Unless you went to this site as an adolescent. It's a true Web Classic.) Read on for a more about these tuber-launching funmakers and TSTC. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 12, 2012 - 25 comments

LET'S BLOW SOME SHIT UP

The Formula for Complete and Utter BAYHEM or, How Michael Bay has Made Billions in Box Offices Worldwide. SLInfographic (the last graph is particularly depressing)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 2, 2011 - 110 comments

Wooorms innnn spaaaaace

Remember Worms? Well, Funky Pear (the guys who made playing golf in space fun) has another version of that, but the worms are replaced with guys in space suits, and the landscape is now a small planetary system. Use gravity to sling your rockets around planets, and build up the damage multiplier. Play Gravitee Wars. Warning: addictive. [more inside]
posted by Old'n'Busted on Nov 12, 2010 - 20 comments

Boom boom boom

Friday Flash Fun: Nuclearoids. A little like Boomshine, a lot like dominoes. But with explosions. And bouncy balls. And colors. Lots of colors! Not too brain engaging, with particle attraction and even black holes. [more inside]
posted by Old'n'Busted on Nov 5, 2010 - 22 comments

Open the Door, Get on the Floor ...

Boom. Boom. Acka-lacka-lacka-goom. Boom. boom. Acka-lacka-BOOM-boom.
posted by WCityMike on Jun 11, 2010 - 44 comments

Fucking boom, meet fucking rope.

Oil spill booming 101. Good stuff starts around 1:55. NSFW for very, very, very naughty language.
posted by lazaruslong on May 23, 2010 - 157 comments

The Key Word Is "Survival" On The New Frontier

The complete history of the Fallout Shelter sign.
posted by mattdidthat on May 6, 2010 - 36 comments

Skycraper Index

V, Double dip (W) or L recession? Things look bad for the EURO is the skyscraper index is right. We have heard recently about problems in the Eurozone. Is the worst over or is the worst still to come? The skyscraper index indicates: Trouble ahead. [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Jan 22, 2010 - 45 comments

Best. Babysitter. Ever.

Andrew W.K. (yt): Musician (yt), Motivational speaker (nyt) and now, kids show host (auto-playing video). via
posted by 1f2frfbf on Jun 16, 2009 - 80 comments

Chk Chk BOOM!

Chk Chk BOOM! 'Clare the Kings Cross bogan' gets her 15 minutes of internet fame from an unintentionally hilarious eyewitness account of a shooting in Sydney's red light district. [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on May 23, 2009 - 155 comments

Making bubbles in the pool

Got some dry ice? Got a swimming pool? Well, what are you waiting for? Inquisitive dogs will be confused! Start with a small chunk. Next, take a 60-pound block of dry ice and kick it into the jacuzzi. Okay, so you're looking for more of a thrill? Try a dry ice depth charge! (If you don't have a pool, a frozen lake will do.)
posted by not_on_display on Feb 23, 2009 - 68 comments

Boom!

Tennessee Williams said it was the best film version of any of his plays. Roger Ebert called it "awkward and hopeless on its most fundamental level". John Waters calls it a major influence on the development of his taste. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Feb 18, 2009 - 14 comments

Cartoon Monkeys go BOOM

Enjoy 10 variously attributed* vintage Monkey Cartoons and more courtesy STWALLSKULL and BOOM!
Also available for your viewing pleasure, an itemized list with embeddable links: [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 12, 2008 - 3 comments

With apologies to Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont.

Controlled Safety Test Fireworks Videos : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
posted by Dave Faris on Mar 20, 2008 - 35 comments

ZOMBIE BOOB TUBE TELEVISION

They claimed they would destroy all television with their business. $100 million and one cast member of First Kid later, all they had were massive amounts of failure, tremendous parties with Bryan Singer, and many, many, many allegations of sexual molestation. Now they hide in the Spanish Riviera and hire Chinese sweatshop workers to mine for World of Warcraft items. Check as well the original 2000 LA Times expose on the company, to say nothing of the "gay pedophile version of Silver Spoons" which remains their finest artistic achievement. via boingboing [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Nov 16, 2007 - 49 comments

Camp Watchitalgoblooie

Summer Explosives Camp at UMR!
posted by fandango_matt on Jul 3, 2007 - 14 comments

From Star to Dust.

2 July, 1958 - 13 March 2007. The Stardust Hotel/Casino was reduced to dust (youtube) at 2:30 am this morning. Initially opened in 1958 as the first low-budget property on the strip (rooms cost $6 a night), it (and the Westward Ho nearby) has been demolished to make room for a 5,300 room $4B ultra-luxury resort named Echelon, currently the second most expensive property development in Nevada (behind Project City Center down the road). One of the few remaining remnants of old Vegas, it was mob-owned/operated until at least 1984 (when the gaming commission levied a $3M fine for skimming), and is probably best known as the setting for the mostly nonfiction book/movie Casino. Over the years, it could lay claim to having the largest casino, the longest pool, the most rooms (twice), the largest neon sign, the only drive-in theater, the largest fine ever levied by the gaming commission, and the most consecutive live performances by Wayne Newton. It was also one of the last properties on the strip to use the more expensive metal-centered gaming chips. Arrivederci.
posted by toxic on Mar 13, 2007 - 39 comments

Boom! One day your car goes boom!

Toutes les autos de Tintin Including pictures of the original models where available.
posted by DrJohnEvans on Feb 8, 2007 - 29 comments

WHEN FAITH GETS DANGEROUS

GODMEN. "It's the wuss-ification of America that's getting us!" screeches Stine, 46. A moment later he adds a fervent: "Thank you, Lord, for our testosterone!"
posted by Sticherbeast on Dec 7, 2006 - 134 comments

Unsafety Dance!

US Navy Saftey Center Photos of the Week. Or: A Nearly Comprehensive But Not Entirely Inclusive Manual of Instruction On How to Qualify for a Darwin Award.
posted by loquacious on Jul 26, 2006 - 22 comments

Rocketboom goes boom.

Amanda Congdon leaves Rocketboom. Precise reasons seem to vary.
posted by crunchland on Jul 5, 2006 - 85 comments

I want to play that game.

Titan Descent Data Movie with Bells and Whistles
posted by crunchland on May 4, 2006 - 40 comments

Boom-Shaka-Laka

Mysterious Boom felt throughout Southern California this morning with no explanation. USGS claims there were no quakes, meteorologists claim nothing in the weather could have caused it, military bases are claiming that nothing they were doing would cause such a rumble, and air traffic controllers state that no supersonic flights were taking place in the area (no sonic boom). I was awoken by the shaking and the car alarms that followed. If it's none of the above, just what caused it?
posted by afx114 on Apr 4, 2006 - 119 comments

The Day Vegas Shook

The Day Las Vegas Shook What were you doing at 11:45am on May 4, 1988? If you were a resident of southern Nevada, you'd remember. That was the day rocket fuel factory PEPCON was wiped off the map in a series of 7 explosions, two of which measured 3.0 and 3.5 on the Richter scale. The explosions sent shockwaves across the valley, taking with it marshmellow cream from the marshmellow factory next door, denting garage doors miles away, and shattering damn near every window in Henderson. As the valley's 500,000 residents stood outside wondering what caused the explosion and the massive plume of smoke, many speculated the Russians had inexplicably attacked Henderson. Miraculously, only two people died. PEPCON never operated another day in Nevada and moved to Utah.
posted by b_thinky on Mar 4, 2006 - 37 comments

boom!

"A car riged [sic] with a VBIED [vehicle-borne improvised explosive device] blows up on bridge in Hit, Iraq." (Caution: contains audio with profanity.)
posted by crunchland on Nov 9, 2005 - 40 comments

Captain Jack Web Designer Position.

What I am NOT looking for. The dot.com boom must be over, then.
posted by johnnydark on Sep 19, 2004 - 150 comments

Remembering the crazy dot-com boom.

Remembering the crazy dot-com boom. In November of 1998, a small California Internet provider named AvTel Communications announced they were providing local ADSL service to the community via a typical (and innocent, at least so it was thought) corporate press release. Business wires spin completely mis-interpret the release, CNBC talks about it on air, then clueless investors hoping to get rich quick start throwing money at the stock causing the stock price to rise an amazing 1284% in one day before trading is suspended. After several class-action suits, and a company re-name, the company managed to survive the hoopla, but only barely. Now they're being de-listed like yesterday's trash. Did something like this ever happen to a company for whom you worked? Let's share! (Yeah, I worked there then.)
posted by WolfDaddy on Sep 12, 2002 - 10 comments

Is Silicon Valley coming back?

Is Silicon Valley coming back? Newsweek's cover story this week is the return of Silicon Valley after the Bust of 2000, start-ups and all. Does this new round of hype have any morsels of truth to it?
posted by costas on Mar 19, 2002 - 3 comments

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