No matter how good your childhood rubber band gun was, the Rubber Band Machine Gun "puts it to shame," said Amanda Kooser at CNET. This wooden behemoth (from $115) holds 672 rubber bands at a time and can fire 14 per second to distances up to 26 feet. A small, battery-powered motor rotates the magazine while the elastics themselves provide all the firepower. The gun's inventor, Ukrainian college student Alex Shpetniy, set up a Kickstarter campaign to launch manufacturing with $5,000 of outsider help; he quickly pulled in nearly $150,000.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- Why China thinks it could defeat the U.S. in battle
- 10 things you need to know today: August 20, 2014
- The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- How the West produces jihadi tourists
- What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books
- Girls on Film: 5 things that need to happen before Hollywood will ever truly change
- What you need to know before you support the police in Ferguson
- The big policy question libertarians can't answer
Subscribe to the Week