Yep, that special time is finally here. CJ and I cobbled together the following:
1. Blow dart.
Materials: Aluminium foil and sticky tape.
Method: Roll aluminium into a marshmallow-sized tube, fastening it in place with tape. Flare the end if you like.
Loading weapon: Put marshmallow inside tube.
Fire power: Human breath.
Rating: One Star.
Materials: Flexible ruler, cardboard and sticky tape.
Method: Use cardboard and tape to make a marshmallow-sized shelf close to one end of the ruler.
Loading weapon: Put marshmallow on shelf and pull back ruler.
Fire power: Elasticity of ruler as it springs back into shape.
Rating: Three stars.
3. Tube Thingy.
Materials: PVC tube, toilet roll tube, large sticky tape.
Cover the end of the smaller tube with sticky tape. Put the taped end just inside the PVC tube.
Loading weapon: Drop marshmallows in the other end of the PVC tube so they rest on the tape.
Fire power: Human muscle as you slam your hand onto the other end of the cardboard tube.
Rating: Two stars.
Materials: A spoon, rubber bands, and something to attach them to (in this case, a metal frame with cloth padding added later).
Method: Attach the rubber bands to the frame. Put the spoon in the rubber bands and twist.
Loading strategy: Turn the spoon until the rubber bands are extremely twisted. Put a marshmallow in the spoon.
Fire power: Rubber band elasticity as they return to their normal shape.
Rating: Four stars (extra points for the high likelihood of injury to gunslinger).
Materials: Leaf blower, gaffa tape (duct tape), fly screen.
Method: Tape up the outward air hole (not the inward one, fyi) with fly screen and gaffa tape, preferably close to the motor end.
Loading method: Put a whole lot of marshmallows in the outward air hole.
Fire power: Air. Oh, and the electric motor.
Rating: Mwa hahahahaha!!!
All but the last are pictured below:
And naturally there’s a video demonstration (why do I have a cat on my lap? Because that’s what evil people do).
The cat wasn’t harmed. Trust me.
In fact, I took a video of her killing the mighty marshmallow of doom, and I plan to post it next Sunday (regardless of what that day’s awesomeness is).
Play along at home: Choose your gun from the above range and challenge a housemate or family member to a duel (personally, I’d recommend # 5 if you plan to win).
Tomorrow: Eat trifle (finally).