A.k.a. the bad-ass sci-fi and fantasy tools that we all wish we owned
In no particular order, here are my personal favorite weapons used by bad-ass women in genre fiction. Whether you're fighting a dragon or a zombie or a literal God, you have to bring the right tools, and these are the best I've seen wielded by ladies of fantasy and sci-fi.Read More
Woman at Arms.
Forge, impale. Forge, impale. Repeat.Read More
We can't withstand firepower of that magnitude!
Physicists who really know how to market themselves put out this video of a laser pulse they're experimenting with that looks pretty reminiscent of the lasers in Star Wars when filmed with some clever camera tricks. Is there some kind of small exhaust port at the end of that hallway?Read More
An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.
We all want to be able to wield a real lightsaber (right?), but the technology just isn't available yet. The next best thing would have to be a badass katana with a lightsaber handle. That's exactly what the guys behind Man at Arms: Reforged have built, and it's incredible. You can see the whole process in the video.Read More
What's more fun than a gun that shoots Oreos? A gun that shoots Oreos made of steel, of course. It's way better for exploding melons.
A few months ago, we brought you Joerg Sprave's entry for "best way to separate an Oreo," which -- and this will surprise no one familiar with Sprave's body of work -- took the form of a sort of Oreo shotgun that flung the delicious cookies at targets with great velocity, though to no serious impact. After all, it is just an Oreo. Now, Sprave has resurrected the project and, as is his wont, he's made the thing far more dangerous than it once was, replacing the Oreo ammunition with steel discs capable of blasting a whole through a tower of ballistic gel without slowing down.Read More
FACT: Any time Sprave sees anything, his first thought is "Yeah, that's nice, but it would be better with a slingshot on it."
Slingshot builder extraordinaire Joerg Sprave has proven that he can make a weapon out of just about anything. What happens when you give him something that is already a weapon, though? Well, Sprave being Sprave, he will naturally turn the non-weapon end of it into another weapon. The man just can't help himself, folks!Read More
From Mjolnir to the Sword of Omens, this collection of prints takes a simple look at some of our favorite magic and high-tech weapons.
Etsy user Harshness has a pretty great set of prints up at his online store, treating a wide array of nerdy subjects -- X-Men, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars are all represented heavily -- with minimalist aesthetics and inspiration from vintage travel, film and propaganda posters. His latest project is a series of ten prints paying homage to weaponry from across the worlds of fantasy, science fiction, comic books and cartoons, and we think they're pretty enough to share with you. Especially this original phaser, and the amazing Mjolnir print that you'll have to check out the rest of the gallery to see.Read More
Replicas of video game weapons are fun, but you can only get so much enjoyment out of waving a toy laser around and shouting, "Pew! Pew!" Sometimes you want to step your game up, and that's exactly what Patrick Priebe has done. There are a lot of videos on YouTube that show Dead Space Plasma Cutter replicas, but Priebe's actually fires lasers -- and it burns stuff.Read More
In 1997, an episode of the popular Pokémon cartoon caused over 700 people to suffer convulsions due to something called "photic seizure induction." Essentially, a series of images caused these people to experience symptoms common in bouts of epilepsy, like vomiting and convulsions. This might typically lead to a health discussion, such as how to stop this kind of event, but the United States Army actually wanted to make a weapon out of it.Read More
They say to never bring a knife to a gun fight. Well, Brian Barrett learned that you should also never bring blunt arrows, chainmail, plastic clubs, and foam shields anywhere near the G20 summit when protests are going on.
The Toronto Police Department is putting on a display showing the weapons seized in the arrests surrounding the G20 protests. Among these weapons are the above list of items that Barrett was carrying on his way to a live-action role-playing event. Police took the items, saying it was just a matter of him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But that hardly makes them relevant to the display. Also shown were a chainsaw and crossbow taken on Friday in completely unrelated incidents that weren't even near the summit.Read More