Oh my god, there were cat bombs during World War II

You can't beat World War II for crazy technological innovations. People worked on anything from shark repellent to exploding rats to bombs that would drift across the Pacific ocean on the wind. Unfortunately, there were also cat bombs. » 12/12/13 2:40pm 12/12/13 2:40pm

Cross-section photographs of bullets are strangely fascinating

Sabine Pearlman's photographs find beauty in the destructive engineering of ammunition with this series of cross-sections of bullets cartridges from a Swiss bunker. They reveal the complexity inside each case. » 6/22/13 2:00pm 6/22/13 2:00pm

Behold the Cat Bomb, the 16th century's fuzziest weapon

This page from a 1584 treatise on explosive weaponry reveals two of the 16th century's more mobile methods of destruction: the cat bomb and the bird bomb, apparently used to set buildings on fire. BibliOdyssey has more fiery weapons from this manuscript, the rest of which are safer for friends of felines. » 1/26/13 7:30am 1/26/13 7:30am

Master Japanese craftsmen make real-life versions of Evangelion weapons

People love samurai swords, and people love Evangelion. Combining the two makes a perfect storm of coolness. A current museum exhibition hopes to capitalize on the anime's fandom by presenting weapons from the Evangelion series crafted by master Japanese sword smiths. » 7/21/12 3:00pm 7/21/12 3:00pm

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Weaponize your office supplies for post-apocalyptic survival

You may have your home stocked with survival tools for the apocalypse, but what happens if disaster strikes while you're at work? Never fear, Jörg Sprave is here to teach you how to make slingshots and pickaxes from ordinary office supplies. » 4/22/12 12:30pm 4/22/12 12:30pm

Long dead Jamaican ibis used its wings to club each other senseless

Xenicibis xympithecus is an extinct flightless ibis from Jamaica that had an incredibly rare adaptation — it used its wings as clubs. » 1/05/11 3:00pm 1/05/11 3:00pm