The Mother of Invention

Authorities have seized a canon used to launch bundles of drugs across the U.S.-Mexican border. Sometimes it’s nice to see your crazy ideas validated.

UAVs for smuggling? Been done, old news, in multiple countries.

The Atlantic brings us more pictures of the improvised weapons of the Syrian rebel forces. No shortage of ingenuity there.

Behold the Escape Ring! A neater gadget I’ve not seen lately.

A large collection of slightly less neato improvisations can be found here. Prior art is always a source of inspiration for me.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: ““Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.”

Ridicule remains a potent weapon, indeed. Watching the Westboro nimrods getting savagely trolled warms the cockles of my heart:

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