“Look, I made a thermite launcher!” cackles inventor Colin Furze as he demonstrates his most recent invention in a March 31 YouTube video.
While you normally have to emplace the compound, or toss a thermite grenade at a target, Furze decided to take it a step further and create a cannon that lobs homemade thermite shells. Thermite is an incendiary mixture of metal powder fuel and metal oxide that when ignited burns hot enough to melt through metal.
The cannon looks like a steampunk grenade launcher with pistons a bunch of switches and a canister of air to power the weapon system.
Earlier videos demonstrate how Furze built the launcher and the shells, but the recent video shows him testing the finished cannon out on a wide range of targets, from a pile of fireworks to a jug of petrol.
A former plumber, Furze now creates inventions to display on his YouTube channel. His creations range from retractable claws, modeled after the Marvel X-Man Wolverine, to an incredibly unsafe jet bike.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.