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Amateur Scientist Builds Thermite Grenade Cannon ( 97

YouTube personality Colin Furze has built a homemade cannon which he's filmed launching grenades filled with thermite, "an especially nasty chemical composition made of metal power and oxide that burns as hot as 2,500 degrees Celsius." Furze once co-hosted Sky1's program Gadget Geeks, and he's since made a new career demonstrating strange science projects on YouTube. Furze's other homemade devices have included a rocket-powered go-kart and a knife that can also toast bread while it's cutting.
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  • by bigsexyjoe ( 581721 ) on Saturday April 02, 2016 @06:59PM (#51829853)

    If he did amateur scientific experiments or research, he'd be an amateur scientist. He is more of an amateur engineer, if you'd call him that. Not to knock him, but I'd probably just call him a guy who builds cool stuff.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Well, if you read TFA, you would know he is "A Wannabe Supervillain". So yeah, you are wrong. And that makes you, an amateur poster on slashdot.

  • by Eloking ( 877834 ) on Saturday April 02, 2016 @07:09PM (#51829889)

    Actually, he's more an engineer but anyway, not my favorite video of him.

    I'm was more impressed when he hydroformed a pulse jet []

    • Wo. After watching the pulse jet video, I have to say that's one of the most annoying people I have ever seen.

      • by Eloking ( 877834 )

        Wo. After watching the pulse jet video, I have to say that's one of the most annoying people I have ever seen.

        You misspelled "awesome"......and funny.

      • by delt0r ( 999393 )
        Let me guess, you like the videos with some classical score in the background and a 3 hour side excursion into the chemical reaction rates of Al and Fe2O3. All in a perfectly monotone voice. []
    • by ShaunC ( 203807 )

      I watched several of his pulse jet videos yesterday when I caught this story. It doesn't look like they really do much of anything propulsion wise, they just generate a lot of heat and are noisy as fuck... And that's precisely the kind of project that gets people interested in building stuff. Playing around with metal and fire, being loud, this is awesome! It doesn't need to do anything else! It got me to look up pulse jets on Wikipedia and I learned some things.

      While I was watching the videos I kept thinki

      • Pulse jets were a dead end technology anyway.
        I had seen the one with the bicycle. I thought it was powerful ENOUGH for such a vehicle, or even downright evil!
        I agree that most of the energy is hilariously wasted.
        The technology was only ever used to terrorize civilians, but it was not long till detecting and shooting down flying pulse jets was a routine task. Perhaps there would be value in using one to scare birds away!

        • by jafiwam ( 310805 )

          After watching his videos, I figured it would be a good drive device behind a siren.

          He does pick up quite a bit of speed given a good run to accelerate.

        • Pulse jets were a dead end technology anyway.

          With the V1 in mind that's funny.

    • Pretty surprising it works as well as it does. I never thought hydro-forming could be done on a budget.

    • Actually, he's more an engineer but anyway, not my favorite video of him.

      Actually he's a plumber and frequently goes out of this way to point out he's not an engineer. :-)

      Either way he's an awesome backyard tinkerer powered by caffeine and hearing loss.

  • Neat (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ArylAkamov ( 4036877 ) on Saturday April 02, 2016 @07:11PM (#51829897)

    Reminds me of the flamethrower I made a few years back, neat stuff. I wish I had the equipment (And the free time) this guy does.

    He might want to be a little safer (Flame retardant clothing, glasses, etc.) it looks like he didn't learn from his last incident: []

    • by Tx ( 96709 )

      Props to him for being a little unsafe, to be honest. I get really fed up of all these shows where they try to give the impression of risk for dramatic effect, while in actual fact they have eliminated pretty much all risk; on mainstream TV, this is pretty much always the case, because lawyers. When Mr Furze does something risky however, it's probably risky for real, and he has the burn scars to prove it. He could tone down the presentation style just a notch IMHO, it gets a bit much for me, but he does coo

    • by dissy ( 172727 )

      He might want to be a little safer

      What, he was clearly wearing his safety tie!

  • He's lucky he didn't go blind while making this. That fireworks clip, in particular, was just asking to get hit in the face with something burning and white-hot.
    • You'd think the horrible second degree burns he got lighting a jet engine while not wearing protective gear would have taught him something. Searching "Colin Furze hand" will yield the post detailing the injury. Do not view the page if squeamish about images of burned skin.
    • by kyrsjo ( 2420192 )

      Yeah, that was my thought too. Eye protection should be the bare minimum when doing something like that - personally after seeing the effect and the not-so-long range, I would not have fired it without a face shield+helmet+heavy protective garments/boots/gloves with little chance of any pieces getting caught long enough to burn through...

      Just imagine what would have happened if the shell didn't go as far as it was intended, but landed at his feet...

  • Orkin Man (Score:5, Funny)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Saturday April 02, 2016 @08:09PM (#51830111) Journal

    I don't see why you'd need a grenade cannon just to get rid of termites. Seems like overkill.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I see you've never encountered Aussie termites.

      • ...or Oklahoma fleas... or Oklahoma roaches... or Oklahoma mites... or even Oklahoma brown recluses (they take over crawl spaces, attics, etc); I've seen them so thoroughly saturate a building that you could firebomb that shit like Tokyo and still be in doubt...
  • This guy should be cloned and duplicated so more of his type get into the gene pool. Normally when you hear about people doing this stuff, it is through the darwin awards.

  • "Furze" is actually the German plural for "fart", i.e. his name is "Farts" in German.
    "Furz" being singular.

    Just sayin'. :-)

    • And the name 'Colin' comes from the same root as the word 'colon.' So his name means 'Arse Farts!'

    • by Falos ( 2905315 )
      I chose my handle 20 years ago when picking out a name for a video game (Secret of Evermore). I had no idea it had linguistic ties in most of Europe's languages. To this day I have mixed feelings about the glory-or-not of running around on the internet as "penis".

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