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Military Tactics in Afghanistan/Iraq

Several years ago, in the vicinity of 2004-2006, I spoke with a former classmate of mine who was just returning from a deployment in Afghanistan or Iraq. He described a technique his unit would employ on foot patrols to disable (he said blow up) cars or trucks. [more inside]
posted by stinkfoot on Oct 29, 2014 - 8 answers

With a boulder in my basement, I'm feelin' kinda older

How can get a GIANT BOULDER out of my basement? It's from the old foundation, and it's too big and unwieldy for four people to lift. It also won't fit through the door unless it were somehow shifted to it's narrow side (on which it wouldn't balance, so it would have to be supported by the four people who can't lift it). Is there some way to break it apart? (I've got no overhead to swing a sledge hammer). Or any other thoughts? This feels like something the geologists and engineers could help me with!
posted by largecorp on Aug 16, 2013 - 24 answers

MacGyver me!

What are some natural ingredients one might stumble upon in the wilderness that you could potentially mix together (sans laboratory) to create a flash or explosion? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Dec 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Front Towards Bird Feeder

Is it be possible to make a few replica [100% inert, of course] Claymore mines while also practicing my slab/ceramic skills? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Sep 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Remind me of an inexplosive book I once read

SciFiBookFilter: Looking for a book I read maybe 10 years ago in which a device is developed that renders explosives inert... [more inside]
posted by bullox on Aug 6, 2011 - 15 answers

Are explosives really as unreliable as they appear in the media?

I've been watching a lot of Mythbusters. Why are their explosives unreliable? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Feb 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Children's book about a bird and a bomb?

I'm trying to remember a children's book. There is an explosive so powerful that a single grain of it would cause a huge blast. It is in the possession of a sinister person. Our tiny hero rides a bird, steals the explosive, and (spoiler) drops it in the ocean, where it detonates relatively harmlessly. [more inside]
posted by Eater on Jan 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Does C4 smell like Almonds?

On "Lie To Me" this past week (possible spoiler alert) one of the characters notices the smell of Almonds while walking up to a building that was rigged to explode with C4. Now I was wondering: does C4 actually smell like Almonds? Or is this just one of those weird Hollywood myths. This seems like a bad property for something used to blow people up (they would smell the almonds and run away).
posted by selenized on Jun 20, 2010 - 11 answers

What are my neighbors exploding?!

What could my neighbors be doing that would cause explosions that shake our house (across the street and set back a ways from the road, in a rural subdivision)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2010 - 41 answers

How big a bang am I allowed to make without actually invading anyone?

What's the largest explosion I can make, legally, without any particular kind of license, and what would I use to make it? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Dec 20, 2007 - 14 answers

Fe3O4 + Al = Fire

What is the most entertaining use of 1 lb. of thermite? [more inside]
posted by p3on on May 29, 2007 - 26 answers

How do you train a homing pigeon to fly into enemy targets carrying explosives?

How do you train a homing pigeon to fly into enemy targets carrying explosives?

I always thought you could only train them to return home - and that would probably not be very useful in this case.
posted by FidelDonson on May 21, 2004 - 10 answers

Why is nitrogen part of so many explosives?

Why is nitrogen part of so many explosives? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on Apr 5, 2004 - 12 answers

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