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This Crazy German Guy Made A Gatling Launcher For Arrows Out Of Coke Bottles
The internet is truly magical place. Where else can you find a detailed walkthrough on how to make an air-powered, arrow-launching gatling gun (sort of) with little more than a few valves, an empty six pack of Coca-Cola bottles, some wood, and a bike pump.
In a video, Jörg Sprave explains how to create this lean, green, recycled, death machine. All the parts can be bought off the shelf, and Sprave even points out that what he’s created is completely legal where he lives in Germany.
Sprave is a German inventor, hobbyist, and host of the YouTube video blog “The Slingshot Channel.” In weekly uploads, he showcases new inventions, but the themes are consistent — they’re always made from scratch, potentially dangerous, and very cool. In every episode, Sprave laughs, guffaws, and similarly charms his viewers. Point and case, during a Reddit Ask Me Anything, commenters couldn’t help but point out how jolly Sprave is.
“I wouldn't call myself a big slingshot buff, but I found you to be so damn likable that I couldn't stop watching your videos,” wrote one commenter, going by the name of Thunderballz, while That_Naked_Guy remarked: “You're like the jolliest man I know on YouTube, love your work.”
I mean it’s not surprising he’s so likable. The guy’s inventions are awesome, but he’s the real draw of this channel, and comes across like some kind of Viking Santa Claus bringing steampunk and macgyvered weapons to all the good boy and girl YouTubers of the world.
So if you want to see the world’s happiest mad scientist build a six-shot arrow launcher from recycled bottles and random junk, and who doesn’t, then check it out below.
‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.
With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.