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Daily WOW: Largest Functional Nerf Gun Ever

The Daily Catch - published on 06/22/16

Former NASA engineer Mark Rober and a couple of his friends have built the largest functional Nerf gun. Constructed mostly from wood, it uses CO2 tanks to shoot homemade darts (plungers wrapped in pool noodles) at initial speeds of up to 40 mph.

To see this home made Nerf gun shoot that far is impressive, but the aesthetic work he did on the frame is spot on. Nerfed has become a popular gaming term used to describe when developers change the mechanics of a character or item to make it weaker, but Mark has un-Nerfed the Nerf gunm– and to this we cannot help but say WOW!

We’ll let G.K. Chesterton have the last word on this:

I would much rather be ruled by men who know how to play than by men who do not know how to play…It is not only possible to say a great deal in praise of play; it is really possible to say the highest things in praise of it. It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. To be at last in such secure innocence that one can juggle with the universe and the stars, to be so good that one can treat everything as a joke—that may be, perhaps, the real end and final holiday of human souls. —“Oxford from Without”
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