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(Herald Sun)   Man tries to fire beer can using home made cannon, instead injures himself 3 friends and blows up gas tank. Moral- don't mess with beer.   ( divider line
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2002-09-08 01:40:42 PM  
Love that headline!
2002-09-08 03:28:10 PM  
beer giveth, and beer taketh.
2002-09-08 04:42:11 PM  
Well ain't he just special? Dummy, that ain't how to launch a beer can. Too much gun powder can blow up a piece of pipe unless you reenforce it. Amateurs... Hrump!

Oh, wait a minute, he was in Australia? He wasn't the same guy who built the jet powered beer cooler, was he? Those silly Australians have a thing about what to do with beer (other than drink it, that is).
2002-09-08 09:45:16 PM  
Dumbass is right.

Although, potato cannons rule.
2002-09-08 09:45:38 PM  
Shouldn't this be a darwin award -- or at least an honorable mention...
2002-09-08 09:45:49 PM  
Well, I would have thought the moral would be not to mess with home made cannons, but hey, shows what I know.
2002-09-08 09:46:16 PM  
finally a new link
2002-09-08 09:46:59 PM  
Rule #1 about Beer Club:
You don't talk about Beer Club.
2002-09-08 09:47:04 PM  
Jashter - So true. My dad has built a total of four potato cannons (1 hairspray powered, one propane powered, and two pneumatically powered), and they are great great fun.
2002-09-08 09:47:57 PM  
Fosters: Australian for shrapnel.
2002-09-08 09:48:47 PM  
Austrailian for beer = KABOOM!
2002-09-08 09:50:23 PM  
Potato guns are illegal here now. So it only goes to show - when potato guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have potato guns. WD 40 works best. Doesn't get all sticky like hairspray. (not that I would know)
2002-09-08 09:51:11 PM  
Pipe makes a lousy gun barrel. Ask your local civil war cannon manufacturer for details.

Cannons Online
2002-09-08 09:52:02 PM  
for him, it's a win win situation

i'm pretty sure something about this beer cannon would have been on fark if it had worked, too
2002-09-08 09:52:02 PM  
They have rednecks in Australia?
A rednecks famous last words are often, "Hey y'all watch this shiat!"
2002-09-08 09:52:11 PM  
Shoulda used a smaller can.... it was probably that Foster's crap....
2002-09-08 09:53:47 PM  
Ahhhhh....a new link.....and it DOES taste like chicken!
2002-09-08 09:54:47 PM  
The beer can was emptied of beer and filled with plaster. That's pro'lly why the aim was so far off. Of course, I imagine that beer can had buddies that were emptied also.
2002-09-08 09:54:50 PM  
Acetylene and a little squirt of Oxygen works best,trust me.
Oh,and don't try this at home kids.
2002-09-08 09:55:58 PM  
sure hope none of my cannons blow up one me, and for combustion spud guns starting fluid is the best
2002-09-08 09:57:00 PM  
acetyle and oxegen is nuts crazy
2002-09-08 09:59:11 PM  
homemade cannon, beer can filled with solidified plaster, gunpowder

It's all the makings of a CMT mini series if you ask me.

Homemade cannon?? wtf?
2002-09-08 10:01:32 PM  
No, this is nuts crazy
2002-09-08 10:02:24 PM  
could someone explain the darwin award to me?
2002-09-08 10:02:31 PM  
"Strewth, mate, that was a bloody good bang, wasn't it? Mate? ...mate?"

Oh, they were camping. When they mentioned the Flying Doctors, I assumed is was a middle-of-bloody-nowhere cattle station or something.

Men + beer + explosive substances = entertainment (for others).

"'Live and learn' is not our motto."
"Nope. Around here it's 'Monkey see, monkey do.'"
-Red and Harold Green
2002-09-08 10:03:14 PM  
Hey, mate. Hold my beer and watch this.....
2002-09-08 10:04:23 PM  
You fire the cannon using non-beer substances as projectiles.
You drink beer in celebration.
What's so hard about that? DUH
(You can skip the cannon part if you don't have one)
I do admire their curiosity though.
2002-09-08 10:05:28 PM  
The Darwin awards are given to the people each year who either by death or dismemberment take themselves out of the gene pool in the funniest,stupidest or most spectacular fashion
2002-09-08 10:05:57 PM  
2002-09-08 10:06:57 PM  
addendum to Goddamnlimey:
They do not have be killed, although most are. They must, however, make themselves incapable of producing offspring.
2002-09-08 10:09:46 PM  
Gee, can't we just keep posting to that last thread ? That was just starting to get really, really, really, really, really, really good. Oh, I forgot... just be patient, and they'll post it again in a few hours.

/snide remark

Hey, I wonder if anyone's named Snide Remark ?
2002-09-08 10:11:17 PM  
OBB, ours was powered by hairspray.
2002-09-08 10:12:30 PM  
Godamnlimey Coolest thing I've seen lately.
2002-09-08 10:16:19 PM  
Shooting it out of a cannon is the best thing to do with the pisswater aussies call beer. Same goes for most american beer, too.
2002-09-08 10:16:39 PM  
Gots to be careful with cannon design. In fireworks biz we use mortars made of pipe with welded bottoms frequently. However, there is a correlation between the mass of the projectile and the pressure generated inside the mortar when the BP goes off. So, the same mortar that works great for a fireworks shell that weighs only a few ounces might very well rupture from overpressure if loaded with say, a beer can full of concrete pushed with the same amount of BP. That's one reason why we bury steel mortars in the ground before firing, with only the top couple of inches poruding above ground. Even so, I've seen some interesting incidents in which the shell exploded in a mortat, peeling that steel up like a giant banana. Good clean fun - as long as one takes proper precautions and doesn't behave like a total idiot. (Hey, Bubba, that shell didn't go off. Better look down that mortar and see what happened...) [Bang!]
2002-09-08 10:32:45 PM  
Rule 1. Dont dare assume all of us drink fosters.
(Because I am sure all yanks drink bud. right!)

Rule 2. If you are going to fire a beer out of a cannon make sure it is fosters.
(Because its probably all you can do with fosters.)
2002-09-08 10:33:05 PM  
Anyone else notice the inherent irony in giving the "Darwin" award to a couple of Aussies?
2002-09-08 10:33:06 PM  
If anyone likes to see me hurl a few beers, give me a hell yeah?
2002-09-08 10:33:18 PM  
Gunpowder in a spudgun? WHAT A RETARD.
2002-09-08 10:33:24 PM  
In any case, that sounded like a really BAD thing to have happen. He was airlifted out of there. Damaged a 'caravan' (a camper, I guess) too.

Now he knows why cannons are such massive hunks of metal. Pipe 'cannon'=pipe bomb.
2002-09-08 10:52:49 PM  
They did homemade cannons on "Junkyard Wars" a while back. When the time came to fire them, it was by remote control, from inside a blockhouse. They watched the firing via closed circuit TV.

In one of the "outtake" shows, they said that that episode was one of the scariest they did.
2002-09-08 10:58:04 PM  
I have had some fun with orange cannons. Nasty little suckers if you hit something! I remember an old story about a train company in england that was testing their train windshields aginast impacts. So they called up Boeing and asked for the launcher they use to test their engines against a duck flying into it. So the english test it a few times, and their windshield always breaks, although it should work just fine. So they call up boeing and ask what they are supposed to do... Boeing says, "ok, take a frozen chicken, thaw it, and put it in the launcher..." The Brits are quiet for a little bit, and say, "we were supposed to thaw it?"

Appearently a frozen chicken at 76 mph is pretty damn heavy, and a thawed chicken just goes splat.

But the whole reason I related this story is because I WANT THAT LAUNCHER! Screw potatos and oranges, I'm gonna shoot me some small game! ^__^
2002-09-08 11:01:02 PM  
Goddamn nanny-staters in California have outlawed homemade cannons, even potato guns powered by compressed air.
2002-09-08 11:08:28 PM  
You get the best results I've seen out of cranking an air compressor up to 120 psi, and firing out of a plastic 3 1/4" PVC sewer pipe. Those things can stand up to 200 psi. My dad built one with a compression chamber in the back, and it fired using a ball valve. Great fun!
2002-09-08 11:41:42 PM  
I went to high school with some guys who made pips bombs. One moron ended up with pipe in his knee.
2002-09-09 12:01:39 AM  
Idiot. Didn't he know that potato launchers with Aqua Net or Starter Fluid for fuel are much safer?
2002-09-09 01:00:38 AM  
I have a neighbor who was playing with a potato gun a couple of years back and thought his striker wasn't working. Looked down the barrel and turn the striker to see if it sparked. His sideburns still haven't grown back. He was only using WD40 that day instead of his normal charge of starting fluid (ether for those of you who don't know).
2002-09-09 05:34:58 AM  
Aqua Net trumps Ether.
Don't know why, but it does.
2002-09-09 05:40:35 AM  

I've been to your fair country. I know better.

But you ought to know here, in the US Fosters promotes like that's the only beer you have in existence over in Oz.

So don't get so upset when our only exposure to Australia is a couple of Fosters commercials that make you all into bush people.

Not that I really care one way or another.

But just a head up to ya.

2002-09-09 07:26:25 AM  

"Hey yawl! Watch this!"
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