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Book Review: Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare by John Austin

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Take a mechanical pencil, a rubber band, some tape and a copper BB and there you will have all that you need to make your first mini weapon as described in the book by John Austin titled Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare. Austin’s humorous book has over 40 such MacGyver inspired weapons with step by step illustrated directions.

Every young boy and young boy at heart will want to get their hands on this book. It will all begin with digging through his mother’s junk drawer to find cast-off paper clips, dried-up pens, rubber bands and clothespins. Or for those young at heart, they will start rummaging through the office supply closet at work. Backyards and cubicles will be filled with clothespin catapults and clip crossbows.

Funny comments through out the book remind the reader that this is all in fun. No mass destruction or warfare should actually take place. But the mother in me still says, “Please be careful you don’t want to shoot someone’s eye out.” Instead of aiming these weapons at your friends and coworkers try practicing on the clever target designs in the back of the book. Safety always comes first!

One would tend to wonder who would write a book about how to make weapons. Perhaps a toy designer who was worked on popular brand toys such as Transformers, Star Wars, Iron Man, Spiderman, Jurassic Park, Tonka and GI Joe. The creative mind of John Austin brings his knowledge to the art of making mini weapons. However, there is a disclaimer in the book that you make these projects at your own risk – they are not toys!

As I have read Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, I have decided which weapons will be in my own mini arsenal. But to be fair and not put others at a disadvantage, I will pass the book around the office. Cubicle warfare begins as soon as we raid the office supply closet.

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