'Mythbusters' stunt goes wrong, cannonball damages suburb property

By Shawn Knight ยท 35 replies
Dec 7, 2011
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  1. SilverCider

    SilverCider TS Rookie Posts: 71

    Myth - Can you really make flubber?
  2. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    can tell many ppl here are American, something bad happens first thing you think is "cool we can sue"
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    1) perhaps you can point out for use where here in this thread "cool we can sue" has been stated?

    2) The only mention of a lawsuit was made by a member from South Africa.

    3) A lawsuit stemming from ones home coming under cannon fire probably won't go down in the annals of history along side the guy who spilled a cup of McDonalds coffee in his own lap.
  4. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    Well, strangely enough, that's how old cannons operated. Against infantry a cannoneer would try and target it to hit the ground right in front of the enemy ranks. Depending on the surface, the ball would either shatter, sending shards through the ranks, or plough through the ranks on the bounce. Not sure why it was done that way. I guess aiming higher ran a risk of overshooting the target.
  5. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    Haven't the Mythbusters already fired cannon balls at water filled barrels, also tried using "other" projectiles which takes place in the 2nd Pirate Special. Guess they must be revisiting a myth somewhere in there. As for the accident? Well thats why insurance exists and from what I can tell from watching the episodes its the insurance company that tells them things are too dangerous. If they were given the okay for whatever they were testing then their insurance company will cover the damages.
  6. "through a bedroom where three people were sleeping". Three people? yeah right they weren't sleeping..
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    True. The same applies to coastal defence guns before the modern era. Mounted close to near the shore, they could skip a cannonball into a ship near it's waterline (the same method was used in World War II). On a land battlefield, the reasoning is a little more pragmatic - it ensured the greatest amount of damage (before the advent of fused and timed explosive), and a large amount of casualties. A wounded soldier continues to eat up your enemies resources (medical, food, water, transport, economic) whereas a dead soldier does not.
  8. ha ha

    this is a laugh riot !
  9. what is this a MAGIC cannon ball ???
    the u.s army should really look into to this new weapons tech a cannon ball the knows how to enter a house through the door climb up the stairs jump out the window onto a couple of rooftops
    finally hitting its target a toyota van ,,, what will they come up next
  10. mados123

    mados123 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Good info here with both of these posts!
  11. I'm afraid it's actually Discovery which turned "majorly stupid" in the last decade. Instead of concentrating on educational, science and fact based programming, they opted for the "wow! factor" and nowadays screen sensationalist "reality" crap.

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