Snowball Launcher Dominates Any Winter Battlefield

November 03 2008 / by John Heylin / In association with Future
Category: Gadgets   Year: 2008   Rating: 7 Hot

If you’re constantly on the losing team during snowball fights, this nifty hand-held gadget from Hammacher Schlemmer could ensure your survival. “This toy blaster makes and launches softball-sized snowballs up to 50’, allowing rapid, long-range assaults during neighborhood snowball confrontations.” It also packs it’s own snowballs, you only have to cram the snow into it. It works using a slingshot-like launcher so there’s no need to use batteries or worry about decreased performance. The best thing about it is that it’s pretty basic technology so it keeps the cost down.

We’ve all dreamed of being able to launch snowballs like Will Ferrell in the movie Elf. All we need now is a snowball turret for snow fortresses and possible buckets of ice slush in lieu of boiling oil.

via Nerdcore

Is the Right to Bear Arms Totally Moot?

August 26 2008 / by John Heylin / In association with Future
Category: Security   Year: General   Rating: 3

A general returning from the Russian battlefront has overthrown the U.S. government and is calling herself dictator for life. Democracy has been crushed beneath the weight of America’s military engine. In every major city the National Guard has assumed control, weeded out dissenters, and executed former public officials. You, having seen Red Dawn over fifty times, grab a gang of friends and escape into the forest with a vast array of munitions you had stashed in case of such an emergency. Your rebel group sets up camp in a cave where you plan to organize your resistance and hopefully assist in overthrowing the martial government. You post lookouts and spend time working on a sweet patch for your team jackets.

Then an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flies overhead, locates your entire group via infrared sensors and blows you all to Kingdom Come.

This is not a totally implausible future scenario. If military advancements in technology continue to get better, which it will, what hope does armed citizenry have against advanced weapons systems and automated robotic armies?

In a famous essay titled What Good Can a Handgun Do Against an Army? written by Mike Vanderboegh of the Alabama Militia, he decries that although military technology is advancing, a simple pistol can make all the difference. His theory, much like the movie Red Dawn, is that with a pistol you can kill your way to better weaponry. Killing one soldier with a pistol will get you a rifle or “perhaps you get very lucky and pickup a light machine gun, two boxes of ammunition and a haversack of hand grenades.” From there you could use the grenades to attack larger targets which yield even more supplies. A pistol will get you a rifle, a rifle will get you a machine gun, and so on until you eventually start capturing tanks, constantly upgrading your way through the enemy.

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