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Miniweapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare [Paperback]

John Austin
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20 Nov 2009 Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction
PopularMechanics.com selection for one of The Best DIY and Home Improvement Books of 2009 We've come a long way from the Peashooter Era: with the advent of modern household products and office supplies--binder clips, clothespins, rubber bands, ballpoint pens, toothpicks, paper clips, plastic utensils, and (of course) matches and barbeque lighters--troublemakers of all stripes have the components needed to build an impressive, if somewhat miniaturized, arsenal. Toy designer John Austin provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, including materials and ammo lists, clear diagrams, and construction tips, for mayhem-loving MacGyvers. The 35 devices include catapults, slingshots, minibombs, darts, and combustion shooters. Build a tiny trebuchet from paper clips and a D-cell battery. Wrap a penny in a string of paper caps to create a surprisingly impressive "bomb." Several of the projects even include variations where combatants mount laser pointer sights to their shooters to increase their accuracy. Finally, once you've built your armory, the author provides plans for a Top Secret Concealing Book to hide your stash, as well as targets for shooting practice. Never let your personal space go undefended again!

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (20 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556529538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556529535
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One must assert dominion over their desktop. Between the instructions provided in John Austin's book and access to your company's office supplies cabinet, you need tolerate no threat to the security of your cubicle." --William Gurstelle, author, Absinthe & Flamethrowers and Backyard Ballistics "We love this MacGyverization of office supplies, and the book is probably the perfect Christmas gift for the man who has nothing, or the cubicle monkey in your life." --Charlie Sorrel, Wired.com "Mini Weapons is the Holy Grail: a beautifully illustrated guide for making all manner of miniature munitions, from slingshots and catapults to mines and bazookas, with supplies that can be found in any household, office, or classroom." --Gizmodo.com "Learn how to build an arsenal of weapons from office supplies and junk-drawer items in an effort to annoy your coworkers, family and friends." -- Draft Magazine "Cubicle farms are full of enemy combatants begging to be taken out." -- Wired Magazine "These inexpensive ideas are fun for all ages and can inspire the kid in all of us." -- Appleton Post Crescent "Take your cubicle wars past the archaic stage of just spitballs and elastic bands with John Austin's book, Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction." --OhGizmo.com "Nothing inside that will land you on the FBI watch list. (We dont think)." --Urbandaddy.com

About the Author

John Austin is a professional toy designer and author of "Cubical Warfare" and "Prank"" University."


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 500 REVIEWER
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If you've found yourself stuck in an office, home office, or a cubicle working on some dreadfully boring assignment, or have no assignments coming your way, or that guy Nick from the neighboring cubicle is bugging the living daylights out of you, then this book is for you. It gives very clear graphically intuitive steps for building simple weapons out of materials or supplies that you can find in most offices. Even the ones that are not readily available can probably be purchased from the nearby convenience store during a lunch break. It is absolutely incredible what sorts of weapons you will be able to construct using these simple instructions - coin shooter, tube launcher, clip crossbow, hanger slingshot, paper darts, CD-spindle catapult, match rockets, ping-pong zooka, water bomb, etc. It is assumed that you have at least some dexterity and skill constructing mechanical contraptions; otherwise you'll be stuck throwing paper balls at your coworkers, you tool! Some of the contraptions in this collection are actually dangerous, so proceed with caution when using them. I take no responsibility for any injuries that may result from the use of contraptions that are described in the book. The ones that I've made I only use when no one is around. Just in case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 20 Dec 2010
By chris
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Such a great, different book I bought one for a friend as a present. Some weird & wacky innovations. A fab present.
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By Manda
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perfect for what i wanted and arrived in good time
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