Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare

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PopularMechanics.com selection for one of The Best DIY and Home Improvement Books of 2009 
 

We’ve come a long way from the Peashooter Era: with the advent of modern household products and office supplies—binder clips, clothespins, rubber bands, ballpoint pens, toothpicks, paper clips, plastic utensils, and (of course) matches and barbeque lighters—troublemakers of ...

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Overview

PopularMechanics.com selection for one of The Best DIY and Home Improvement Books of 2009 
 

We’ve come a long way from the Peashooter Era: with the advent of modern household products and office supplies—binder clips, clothespins, rubber bands, ballpoint pens, toothpicks, paper clips, plastic utensils, and (of course) matches and barbeque lighters—troublemakers of all stripes have the components needed to build an impressive, if somewhat miniaturized, arsenal.
 
Toy designer John Austin provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, including materials and ammo lists, clear diagrams, and construction tips, for mayhem-loving MacGyvers. The 35 devices include catapults, slingshots, minibombs, darts, and combustion shooters. Build a tiny trebuchet from paper clips and a D-cell battery. Wrap a penny in a string of paper caps to create a surprisingly impressive “bomb.” Several of the projects even include variations where combatants mount laser pointer sights to their shooters to increase their accuracy.
 
Finally, once you’ve built your armory, the author provides plans for a Top Secret Concealing Book to hide your stash, as well as targets for shooting practice. Never let your personal space go undefended again!

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Editorial Reviews

Wired.com
We love this MacGyverization of office supplies, and the book is probably the perfect Christmas gift for the man who has nothing, or the cubicle monkey in your life.
Gizmodo.com
Mini Weapons is the Holy Grail: a beautifully illustrated guide for making all manner of miniature munitions, from slingshots and catapults to mines and bazookas, with supplies that can be found in any household, office, or classroom.
Draft Magazine
Learn how to build an arsenal of weapons from office supplies and junk-drawer items in an effort to annoy your coworkers, family and friends.
Urbandaddy.com
There's nothing inside that will land you on the FBI watch list. (We don't think.)
OhGizmo.com
Take your cubicle wars past the archaic stage of just spitballs and elastic bands with John Austin's book.
From the Publisher

"One must assert dominion over their desktop. Between the instructions provided in John Austin's book and access to your company's office supplies cabinet, you need tolerate no threat to the security of your cubicle."  —William Gurstelle, author, Absinthe & Flamethrowers and Backyard Ballistics

"We love this MacGyverization of office supplies, and the book is probably the perfect Christmas gift for the man who has nothing, or the cubicle monkey in your life."  —Charlie Sorrel, Wired.com

"Mini Weapons is the Holy Grail: a beautifully illustrated guide for making all manner of miniature munitions, from slingshots and catapults to mines and bazookas, with supplies that can be found in any household, office, or classroom."  —Gizmodo.com

"Learn how to build an arsenal of weapons from office supplies and junk-drawer items in an effort to annoy your coworkers, family and friends."  —Draft Magazine

"Cubicle farms are full of enemy combatants begging to be taken out."  —Wired Magazine

"These inexpensive ideas are fun for all ages and can inspire the kid in all of us."  —Appleton Post Crescent

"Take your cubicle wars past the archaic stage of just spitballs and elastic bands with John Austin's book, Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction."  —OhGizmo.com

"Nothing inside that will land you on the FBI watch list. (We dont think)."  —Urbandaddy.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556529535
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 42,887
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Austin is a professional toy designer and author of Cubical Warfare and Prank University.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Great idea for boy's (or tomboy's) b-day

    I bought this book and a bunch of required materials for a birthday party I threw for my 8 year old boy. I also bought some cheap $3 safety glasses (science goggles) for each boy at Home Depot. We picked three projects that were easy enough for the age (with my help) and at the party had a blast assembling and test firing coffee beans down the driveway. The book makes it really clear how to create these fun toys and I think would be even more fun for pre-teen kids. In the end the boys were so into it that they were patient enough for me to help them build the launcher on the cover.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Cool!!!

    I got it at the international spy museum and have made almost every one of them. I can't wait to get the second book for christmas.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Awesome

    Haha i am now the terror of ny school!!! Buy this book u will not b sorry

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Nice

    Good book but sometimes the pages freeze so you cant always turn the page.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    AWESOME!!

    Great for defending your room from annoying little brothers. It inspired me to rig a nerf machine gun to my door.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    IM OFF TO MINATURE WAR MOM

    If you want beat the crap out of little green army men, need saport in the wars at school, or just want to build somthing that is completly owsome this is a must have!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Awesome!!!!1!!!!!1!!!one!!

    Such good weapons/projects. Every kid should own this book!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2010

    Fantastic!!!

    My 10 year old son loves this book. He's dyslexic and loathe to read unless he has to. But he carefully read the instructions because he so wanted to make the weapons. Yeah!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Awesome

    The best build it yourself book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Mini

    Very good book. I like to anoy my freinds.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Make coin shooter it is da best

    Awesome book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2011

    awsome

    best book ever

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Good

    I Ordered it Dec 26 and got it today!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Mass destruction

    Read this if you like weapons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    TO MR SUPER GOOD BOOK

    YOU DIN'T FINISH

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Awesome

    Totally epic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Epic

    Very good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Anonymous

    Great book !!! Its funny how you can turn a pencil into a BB gun

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Yeah

    Totaly wrth $10.21

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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