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2014-07-28 12:16:03 AM
The balloons themselves are made from natural rubber and have an additive that accelerates the biodegradation process in the presence of natural sunlight.

Do not taunt Bunch O Balloons...
 
2014-07-28 12:45:13 AM
A handy weapon for both arming a quadcopter and shooting one down.
 
2014-07-28 02:25:51 AM
But what about... ESCALATION?!
 
2014-07-28 02:28:26 AM

Triumph: A handy weapon for both arming a quadcopter and shooting one down.


I want to make a net gun turret that automatically takes out quad copters. and keeps them hanging in the air. Then we could install it on buildings.
 
2014-07-28 02:29:52 AM
Kid me would have killed for this.
 
2014-07-28 02:33:38 AM

John's Long Mustache: Kid me would have killed for this.


Kid me too.
 
2014-07-28 02:34:16 AM
I wonder what this person could do to snow balls if he lived up north.
 
2014-07-28 02:36:55 AM
Having an air tanker for forest fire fighting is the ultimate in water war technology. It's pretty much nuking the entire site from orbit.
 
2014-07-28 02:42:59 AM
This is a violation of the START II Treaty! MIRVs are banninated!
 
2014-07-28 02:43:28 AM

red5ish: John's Long Mustache: Kid me would have killed for this.

Kid me too.


Forget kid me. Adult me wants one.
 
2014-07-28 02:54:10 AM
Chinese jet powered water cannon can spray four tons of water per minute to a distance of about 400 feet.
img.fark.net
Used to put out fires in tall structures.
 
2014-07-28 02:58:01 AM

Oldiron_79: Having an air tanker for forest fire fighting is the ultimate in water war technology. It's pretty much nuking the entire site from orbit.


You just have to be sure...
 
2014-07-28 02:58:48 AM
"Fill the balloon from the spigot, rip the crap out of your finger as you tie it off, hope you don't break the damn thing in the process...backyard water warfare shouldn't be this brutal. And now it doesn't have to be anymore!"

This reads like one of those "as seen on tv" ads where somebody can't put on his socks without setting fire to himself.
 
2014-07-28 02:59:14 AM
It's like watching the Alien Queen plop her eggs from her...alien vagina?
 
2014-07-28 03:06:27 AM

Pointy Tail of Satan: This is a violation of the START II Treaty! MIRVs are banninated!


i291.photobucket.com

THE END
 
2014-07-28 03:06:59 AM

skinink: alien vagina?


What's all this now about alien vagina?
static.ibnlive.in.com
 
2014-07-28 03:08:06 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Fill the balloon from the spigot, rip the crap out of your finger as you tie it off, hope you don't break the damn thing in the process...backyard water warfare shouldn't be this brutal. And now it doesn't have to be anymore!"

This reads like one of those "as seen on tv" ads where somebody can't put on his socks without setting fire to himself.


I laughed at this way too much.
"Damn you, blanket, why are you so complicated??"
 
2014-07-28 03:23:42 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Fill the balloon from the spigot, rip the crap out of your finger as you tie it off, hope you don't break the damn thing in the process...backyard water warfare shouldn't be this brutal. And now it doesn't have to be anymore!"

This reads like one of those "as seen on tv" ads where somebody can't put on his socks without setting fire to himself.


LMAO
 
2014-07-28 03:26:00 AM

dolphkhan: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Fill the balloon from the spigot, rip the crap out of your finger as you tie it off, hope you don't break the damn thing in the process...backyard water warfare shouldn't be this brutal. And now it doesn't have to be anymore!"

This reads like one of those "as seen on tv" ads where somebody can't put on his socks without setting fire to himself.

I laughed at this way too much.
"Damn you, blanket, why are you so complicated??"


i291.photobucket.com

/+1
 
2014-07-28 03:33:33 AM

Thanks for the Meme-ries: dolphkhan: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Fill the balloon from the spigot, rip the crap out of your finger as you tie it off, hope you don't break the damn thing in the process...backyard water warfare shouldn't be this brutal. And now it doesn't have to be anymore!"

This reads like one of those "as seen on tv" ads where somebody can't put on his socks without setting fire to himself.

I laughed at this way too much.
"Damn you, blanket, why are you so complicated??"

[i291.photobucket.com image 300x221]

/+1


i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-28 03:34:04 AM
They make spigot attachments that make filling balloons really quick and easy. And you're doing it wrong if you tear the crap out of your fingers tying a water balloon.

Though it is neat watching all those balloons fill at the same time.
 
2014-07-28 03:45:51 AM

NBSV: They make spigot attachments that make filling balloons really quick and easy. And you're doing it wrong if you tear the crap out of your fingers tying a water balloon.

Though it is neat watching all those balloons fill at the same time.


Reminds me of the first day of 8th grade after being away for summer break.
 
2014-07-28 03:47:53 AM
downloads.esbasura.com
 
2014-07-28 03:51:40 AM
I would want to keep them attached and use it as a watery flail.
 
2014-07-28 03:53:34 AM
Kickstarter is amazing. Wait, this "article" didn't even mention that this was a Kickstarter project that raised  $559,638?Jackasses.
 
2014-07-28 04:09:34 AM
These are specially designed balloons that can only be bought from this manufacturer.  I wonder what the price is going to be.
 
2014-07-28 04:16:15 AM
WANT! (For my friend's kids, of course. Really.)
 
2014-07-28 04:31:24 AM
I want to partially fill the balloons and attach a pump to make them breathe in and out for some creepy Halloween decor.
 
2014-07-28 04:44:39 AM

redsquid: I want to partially fill the balloons and attach a pump to make them breathe in and out for some creepy Halloween decor.


Live bloody polyps.
 
2014-07-28 04:51:00 AM
True story:
When I was a kid we used to have rubber band fights. Not traditional rubber bands we used bands we made from car inner tubes. To get them just cut across the tube so you get rings, then we took a stick and notched it. One stretches the band from the end of the stick to the notch. If you attach a cord and lay the cord in the notch before you drop in the band you can fire the band by yanking the cord up.
But our battles escalated, technology began to rule the battlefield, we weren't satisfied with our single shot weapons. We began cutting many notches in our sticks. The notches would be at different distances from the end of the stick but you could still get maximum stretch from the inner tubes by using differing bands from different types of tubes. By laying the cord in all the notches one had a rubber band machine gun. There is a perverse joy in running up behind an unsuspecting kid and firing a rubber band burst into him, then watch him climb shrieking six feet into the air.
We were a bit after Norman Rockwell's time, and that is too bad. We would have made for a great painting of wholesome apple-cheeked American kids at play.
 
2014-07-28 04:57:48 AM
www.invaderzim.tv

/yawn

call me when we get self-tying water balloons that are the size of the area of a zip code.
 
2014-07-28 05:03:02 AM

DreamSnipers: True story:
When I was a kid we used to have rubber band fights. Not traditional rubber bands we used bands we made from car inner tubes. To get them just cut across the tube so you get rings, then we took a stick and notched it. One stretches the band from the end of the stick to the notch. If you attach a cord and lay the cord in the notch before you drop in the band you can fire the band by yanking the cord up.
But our battles escalated, technology began to rule the battlefield, we weren't satisfied with our single shot weapons. We began cutting many notches in our sticks. The notches would be at different distances from the end of the stick but you could still get maximum stretch from the inner tubes by using differing bands from different types of tubes. By laying the cord in all the notches one had a rubber band machine gun. There is a perverse joy in running up behind an unsuspecting kid and firing a rubber band burst into him, then watch him climb shrieking six feet into the air.
We were a bit after Norman Rockwell's time, and that is too bad. We would have made for a great painting of wholesome apple-cheeked American kids at play.


img.fark.net
 
2014-07-28 05:40:41 AM
Now if I can remember where my 3 person water ballon launcher is stashed in the house. And let the games begin
 
2014-07-28 06:14:56 AM

puffy999: Thanks for the Meme-ries: dolphkhan: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Fill the balloon from the spigot, rip the crap out of your finger as you tie it off, hope you don't break the damn thing in the process...backyard water warfare shouldn't be this brutal. And now it doesn't have to be anymore!"

This reads like one of those "as seen on tv" ads where somebody can't put on his socks without setting fire to himself.

I laughed at this way too much.
"Damn you, blanket, why are you so complicated??"

[i291.photobucket.com image 300x221]

/+1

[i.imgur.com image 250x188]


Is she .... is she trying to saw a loaf of bread with a block of wood?

www.themonolith.com
 
2014-07-28 06:20:50 AM

red5ish: Chinese jet powered water cannon can spray four tons of water per minute to a distance of about 400 feet.

Used to put out fires in tall structures.


Protest civil rights NOW. I dare you, I double dog dare you.

/Robert went back for his rain coat.
 
2014-07-28 06:34:22 AM

Iczer: www.invaderzim.tv


Took a while but I knew there had to be Farkers that fondly remembered Invader Zim.
 
2014-07-28 06:35:10 AM
If I jam this in my dick hole I could impregnate like a zillion real dolls at once.
 
2014-07-28 07:21:37 AM

JesterJoker55: I would want to keep them attached and use it as a watery flail.


On yourself, I presume? A chacun son goût.
 
2014-07-28 08:04:19 AM

doglover: Triumph: A handy weapon for both arming a quadcopter and shooting one down.

I want to make a net gun turret that automatically takes out quad copters. and keeps them hanging in the air. Then we could install it on buildings.


You make a gun that fires a net with a breakaway parachute and compact quadcopter on one end. The net drapes over the target quadcopter, the parachute slows the fall and pulls the net's copter above the net and orients it. The force of the chute string pulling on the copter activates it and it automatically releases the chute and veers to the side to avoid the falling parachute.

Then it just hovers there with the captured quadricopter dangling beneath it.
 
2014-07-28 08:10:23 AM

MadeInDetroit: Now if I can remember where my 3 person water ballon launcher is stashed in the house. And let the games begin


When I was in college our windows looked over the parking lot to a frat house on the other side. The guys on our floor rigged up a tennis ball cannon made out of Pringles cans taped together, with one end sealed off. They'd put in a tennis ball, put some lighter fluid in the sealed end, then touch it off with a lighter. The tennis ball would sail over the parking lot and hit the frat house with a resounding 'whack!'. Then they'd break the whole thing down for concealment before the security officer could appear so he couldn't bust anyone over it.
 
2014-07-28 08:11:45 AM

skinink: It's like watching the Alien Queen plop her eggs from her...alien vagina?


Ovipositor
 
2014-07-28 08:25:08 AM
I "invested" a few days ago. My only other Kickstarter is now a year late.
 
2014-07-28 08:39:29 AM

Bendal: MadeInDetroit: Now if I can remember where my 3 person water ballon launcher is stashed in the house. And let the games begin

When I was in college our windows looked over the parking lot to a frat house on the other side. The guys on our floor rigged up a tennis ball cannon made out of Pringles cans taped together, with one end sealed off. They'd put in a tennis ball, put some lighter fluid in the sealed end, then touch it off with a lighter. The tennis ball would sail over the parking lot and hit the frat house with a resounding 'whack!'. Then they'd break the whole thing down for concealment before the security officer could appear so he couldn't bust anyone over it.


We used to do the same with steel beer cans (yeah, I'm old). Had no idea the lowly Pringles can was strong enough for tennis ball cannon.
 
2014-07-28 08:42:45 AM

Two Dogs Farking: DreamSnipers: True story:
When I was a kid we used to have rubber band fights. Not traditional rubber bands we used bands we made from car inner tubes. To get them just cut across the tube so you get rings, then we took a stick and notched it. One stretches the band from the end of the stick to the notch. If you attach a cord and lay the cord in the notch before you drop in the band you can fire the band by yanking the cord up.
But our battles escalated, technology began to rule the battlefield, we weren't satisfied with our single shot weapons. We began cutting many notches in our sticks. The notches would be at different distances from the end of the stick but you could still get maximum stretch from the inner tubes by using differing bands from different types of tubes. By laying the cord in all the notches one had a rubber band machine gun. There is a perverse joy in running up behind an unsuspecting kid and firing a rubber band burst into him, then watch him climb shrieking six feet into the air.
We were a bit after Norman Rockwell's time, and that is too bad. We would have made for a great painting of wholesome apple-cheeked American kids at play.

[img.fark.net image 500x367]


Ah... the infamous 'double barrel slingshot' ...   good times.....
 
2014-07-28 08:48:51 AM

red5ish: Chinese jet powered water cannon can spray four tons of water per minute to a distance of about 400 feet.
[img.fark.net image 620x348]
Used to put out fires in tall structures.


These things shoot 5,000 GPM.  Maybe more these days.

img.fark.net

We had a rather dense captain who was testing his new water cannons.  He saw that there were some stains on the deck boards, so he aimed it at them.  (Mind you, these boards are about thirty feet long, ten inches wide, and about three inches thick, and are held down by about a dozen very long, very thick molly bolts each.)

They popped off the goddamn deck like so many matchsticks.  It was one of those, "Should I not have done that?" moments.

www.magnews.no
 
2014-07-28 08:56:57 AM
Personally, I prefer airstrikes in a water fight.  But then again, I do fight dirty.
www.aviationspectator.com
 
2014-07-28 08:57:30 AM

MadeInDetroit: Now if I can remember where my 3 person water ballon launcher is stashed in the house. And let the games begin


Watched a guy get his larynx crushed by a water balloon launched at "surgical rubber tubing" speed in college.

/hung chicken wire in front of my position.
//still managed to rip a finger open on a nail that day.
 
2014-07-28 09:00:45 AM

redsquid: I want to partially fill the balloons and attach a pump to make them breathe in and out for some creepy Halloween decor.


img.fark.net
 
2014-07-28 09:10:24 AM

NBSV: And you're doing it wrong if you tear the crap out of your fingers tying a water balloon.


A water baloon, yeah.

if you're tying a LOT of them, however, it's pretty unavoidable.  Do enough and it becomes torture the same way one water droplet isn't bad, but when it's constantly dripped on your forehead it becomes unbearable.

Between fingers becoming pruny and soft from all the water and the repeated stress it's pretty inevitable.

The point of this is that you can fill many at once.  Anyone that's ever had to fill, say, 100+ water balloons, this would be a gift from the hand of god.
 
2014-07-28 09:17:54 AM

DreamSnipers: True story:
When I was a kid we used to have rubber band fights. Not traditional rubber bands we used bands we made from car inner tubes. To get them just cut across the tube so you get rings, then we took a stick and notched it. One stretches the band from the end of the stick to the notch. If you attach a cord and lay the cord in the notch before you drop in the band you can fire the band by yanking the cord up.
But our battles escalated, technology began to rule the battlefield, we weren't satisfied with our single shot weapons. We began cutting many notches in our sticks. The notches would be at different distances from the end of the stick but you could still get maximum stretch from the inner tubes by using differing bands from different types of tubes. By laying the cord in all the notches one had a rubber band machine gun. There is a perverse joy in running up behind an unsuspecting kid and firing a rubber band burst into him, then watch him climb shrieking six feet into the air.
We were a bit after Norman Rockwell's time, and that is too bad. We would have made for a great painting of wholesome apple-cheeked American kids at play.


See, this is the problem with escalation of weapons.
In my cousin's class in school, they went with the versatility and transportability of light weapons.

What that translates to in real life:
Using plain ol' rubber bands for firepower, and paperclips broken into two for ammunition!!
 
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