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(WTSP)   Boy Scouts vaporize a watermelon with a ping pong cannon capable of launching a ping pong ball through the watermelon at supersonic speeds   ( divider line
    More: Cool, table tennises, supersonic speed, Des Moines, Iowa, Plastic pressure pipe systems, watermelons, speed of sound  
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7800 clicks; posted to Geek » on 28 Apr 2013 at 6:18 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-04-28 02:57:17 AM  
4 votes:
Not really the ping pong ball that blew it up, but the shockwave from the barrel.
2013-04-28 01:33:06 PM  
1 vote:
vaporize? wouldn't that mean nothing would be left?
2013-04-28 11:36:18 AM  
1 vote:

MurphyMurphy: I'd love to see the design.

Here you go...

The originator of the cannon was a guy by the name of Stokes..
To improve on that design, you change the ends so that you use mylar instead of packing tape
2013-04-28 07:25:54 AM  
1 vote:
Seal the end of the barrel with a thin film and pump the air out. Then the ball is free to accelerate the length of the barrel without air resistance.

The ball busts through the film at the end of the barrel going very quickly. Of course it will immediately slam into the air and start slowing down so you won't maintain that kind of speed for much distance.
2013-04-28 06:56:56 AM  
1 vote:
This was on fark a while back and I think they might have borrowed some of the design.
2013-04-28 06:48:27 AM  
1 vote:
When they're done cleaning up, send one of the Scouts to proofread that article.
2013-04-28 06:46:25 AM  
1 vote:
Yeah cub scouts didn't design that and buy the high speed camera to film it. Still pretty cool though. Hope they were more involved just watching the thing go off so the nerd scoutmaster could get his project on TV.
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