“On December 30th, 2010, The Slingshot Channel presented a functional “desktop size” slingshot cannon. It fires 8 mm steel balls. Finally, the model was turned into reality! 10 times bigger than the model, it fires 80 mm steel balls now… with impressive force. The huge amount of rubber (6 full Thera Band Gold stripes per side, 72 times stronger than “hunterbands” for conventional slingshots) propels a steel boule/petanque ball fast enough so it flies 200 meters (220 yards). See how it smashes beer barrels and even a car… lots of slow motion is included. The winch allows insane draw weights. Here, more than 200 kg was employed. In combination with the “barrel length” of 3 meters (10 ft), it achieves firearm like energy levels and the momentum of a giant sledge hammer. This may be the strongest rubber based weapon presented on youtube ever!” — JoergSprave
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“Bored with marmalade, fed-up with chocolate spread? Then have a big breakfast all in one go by spreading your morning toast with bacon jam. The new barbecue-type preserve is made with smoked bacon, red onion, coffee, balsamic vinegar, garlic, spice – and whisky. The first batch of more than 200 jars – costing $5.40 for 200g – sold out quickly at the grocery in Walthamstow, East London, where it was launched. Store co-owner Chris O’Connor, who developed the jam, said: “We’ve always sold homemade jam and crispy bacon so we thought we’d put the two together.” His business partner James Brundle said: “It’s great on toast, with cheese, as a sauce, dip or cooking ingredient. We really think it will take off… it’s just getting people to try it.” w/ photo
“Once I got the giant sausage home I got to work. I’d never had a pig in a blanket wrapped in bacon before, and seeing as how bacon makes everything better that was my first step. After that I wrapped it in Cheddar cheese and crescent roll dough and tossed it in the oven. I actually didn’t even have any bakeware big enough for this monster, so it ended up hanging over the edge of the baking sheet even when I placed it on there diagonally. To get a sense of just how big my pig in a blanket was I also made a regular one using a cocktail frank. As soon as my dinner was done cooking I immediately dug in. It was even better than I remembered! Then again, that could also be due to the bacon addition and the delicious Hungarian sausage from Bunzel’s. Oh yeah, I’d also like to point out that I have no idea whether or not this is actually the world’s largest pig in a blanket. I did a Google search and couldn’t find any that were larger than this, so until someone points me in the direction of a bigger one I’m going to continue to claim the title as mine.” w/ photos
“The new Hammock Bliss Sky Tent is a revolution in the making, bringing hammock camping to a new level of comfort and convenience. Sky Tent allows you to stay dry from the rain, safe from the bugs and provides ample space for you and your gear. It is a tent for your hammock off the ground. Sky Tent features an oversized rain fly to provide complete protection from the rain for both your hammock and your gear. Sky Tent is surrounded by 2,100 holes per square inch no-see-um netting that keeps out the smallest bugs and reduces the chilling effect of the wind. Sky Tent has a parachute nylon base layer that helps to retain your body heat. The oversized attached waterproof stuff sack easily accommodates any sized hammock. There is plenty of room to hang your backpack at either end of your hammock so both you and your gear can stay high and dry. Join the Sky Tent revolution – hammock camping will never be the same!” w/ photos
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“What was it about the montage technique that was so beloved of the era of spandex, bad hair, worse dress sense, big egos, and a love of male muscle? We can but guess — though it did of course provide an excuse for an extra slice of cheesy Eighties music to be layered on top of this hamburger of different shots and episodes cut together. Here are ten of the best.” w/ photos