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October 21, 2009


How to Shoot an Anvil 200 Feet in the Air

(Thanks to The Amazing Steve and RussellMc)


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This has SO been done!!

The craters in my yard were not caused by exactly this while celebrating the 4th of July this year. Nope.

Now we know what brought down the Heene balloon.

...and if you get good at it, you can go compete.


*sings a little something from Il Trovatore in honor of the event*

See, it starts with a seemingly harmless Diet Coke and Mentos habit. But before you know it, they move on to the hard stuff.

That's one way to deal with the cow abducting aliens.

Marian: I've never met a man who sells anvils. That's something ... quite different.

Charlie Cowell: Takes a real salesman, I can tell you that. Anvils have a limited appeal, you know.

I'm so happy to know this. My anvils have only been going 50 ft. in the air and sometimes I don't run fast enough to get out of the way iykwim.

Anvils keep falling on my head, but that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turning red;
Crying's not for me, cause I'm never gonna stop the pain by complaining, because I'm free -- nothing's worrying me.

If anyone wants to take up this hobby, all the equipment you need is on pp 87-92 of the ACME Company catalog.

cindy, what kind of laser sighting system are you using on your anvils?

Remember to demand real ACME (c) components!

and the neighbors were complaining about my oxy acetlene powered tennis ball shooter

This says it all. Women want to know why he'd want to do this - he likes launching things that weren't meant to be launched - while guys (including this one) think it is pretty cool.

It's just a guy thing, really.

A good friend, who recently retired after 25 years of service, was a member of my police department's Bomb Squad. Previously, he was in the US Army EOD or Explosive Ordnance Disposal. A really great guy who had more fantastic stories than you could imagine. For more than 40 years de-fused everything from land mines to pipe bombs. I asked him once if he had ever thought about any other career when he first started. He told me, "Heck no. Where else do they pay you to blow sh!t up?!"

splosions . . . mmmmmmmmm.

I always wondered what Santa Claus did in the off season.

That, of course, was extremely satisfying. But the question is, how does he aim? I believe I saw a truck nearby, certainly closer than the distance that anvil travelled. Try explaining that to your insurance agent.

Look! Up in the sky!
It's a bird!
It's a plane!
It's ...... an anvil!
What, again?

*sssnnnnooorrrrkkkkk!!!!* @ MOTW*

I played Charlie many moons ago in our high-school production of "The Music Man"...

*wanders off in search of Sen-sen*

Steve: I'd aim it with a spirit level. If the force applied is directly underneath the centre of gravity, it's going straight up, and unless you're in the middle of a tornado, it's coming straight back down again.

Exercise for nerds: Assume (as per the comments section of the page) the the anvil reached a height of 100 m. By Newton's Second Law of Motion, how far was the Earth shot in the opposite direction?

As an engineer, I would round it off to zero.


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