Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Celebrate Labor Day with Exploding Anvils

Photo by POParitaville
<===Would you trust this man with a modified anvil and 2 pounds of gunpowder?  Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right?  Well, apparently it happens on a yearly basis, and this year you can see all the action.

If you tune in to Science Channel this Monday, September 5th at 10PM, you'll see Tory Belleci hosting Flying Anvils, a new special following in the footsteps of Punkin Chunkin.





Photo courtesy of Science Channel
Tory will take viewers to Farmington, Mo.- the Mecca of anvil launching-for the 2011 U.S. Anvil Shooting Championship.  There, teams from around the country gather to compete in a pyrotechnics playground that seemingly defies both physics and common sense - sounds like it's right up Tory's alley.

"I've seen a lot of crazy things on Mythbusters, but hosting Flying Anvils was one of the most intense things I've ever experienced,: says Tory Belleci.  "This sport is so raw, so explosive and so exciting-how did I not know about it before?!"

The annual competition features a marquee event in which contestants fire a 100-pound anvil off another using one pound of gunpowder.  In a second, super-modified event, teams use specially engineered anvils with two pounds of gunpowder to send anvils flying in excess of 500 feet in the air.

Photo courtesy of Science Channel
Serving as host and tour guide, Belleci takes the audience on a wild ride through the behind-the-scenes practices of this addictively bizarre sport, where each team's anvil launch is scored based on height and accuracy.  Belleci introduces viewers to an eclectic cast of characters, including 20-year competition veteran Gay Wilkinson, whose house is a veritable anvil-shooting museum, as well as mechanical engineer Mark Bollinger, who relies on a highly scientific approach to take his anvils to new heights.




~POPped from the safety of a bunker by RabbiMarauder

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