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Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare Paperback – October 1, 2009
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"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
"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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By my son: This is my new favorite book. These mini-weapons really work. My friends love them and have paid me money to make them the "Simple Cross-bow" and "Concealing Book." I love the "Penny Bomb!" I did extra chores to get mega-supplies (giant bag of rubber bands, paper caps, etc.), and now I have all I need to create these mini "weapons" in a matter of minutes.
Kim Childress, Book Editor, Girls' Life
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The illustrations themselves help to spark other creative (meaning destructive) ideas. Even if you don't recreate the items, its still a very visually appealing to leave out on the desk, which is sure to generate discussion at the water cooler.
My son was very happy with the book, and quickly built the ink pen bow. It worked well and the instructions were simple to understand. This is a great book for boys to use with their dads...even older kids who sometimes have more smarts than common sense. If you are buying for a kid just keep his personality in mind when doing so!
By no means are any of these safe for a kid under 12 that hasnt been schooled in safety (such as working in a woodshop, shooting skeet, archery) your main safety warning are going to be "DONT POINT THAT AT SOMEONE OR YOURSELF EVER" and "WEAR GOGGLES" for when they inevitably point them at eachother and themselves.
You will not be disappointed, and makes a great "bonding" book for dads and daughters and dads and sons.
The possibilities are endless, our living room was a Christmas warzone with all other presents ignored. If giving as a gift you may want to prepurchase all the building goodies. Its hard to wait to build things once you buy the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this plus supplies to go with for my son's 10th birthday. He loved it is currently working through different projects ava wants to buy the rest of the series with his own... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this book for a friend's 12 year old son, but we all have had fun with it! Instructions are easily understandable and doable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carrie
This book is a parent's worse nightmare yet my boys aboslutely loved it!! My little brother gave this book to my boys for Christmas. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Freeheelski
Bought this for my 10 year old son who loves it! He has successfully made many of the weapons and has had a lot of fun doing so. Read morePublished 3 months ago by a busy mom