Described as “The perfect gift for the cubicle monkey in your life,” John Austin's Mini Weapons Of Mass Destruction 2 offers the ultimate blueprints for low-yield office destruction. It is filled with instructions for building such items as the Gift Card Coin Launcher, Crayon Cannon, and the Pushpin Dart, among others. All together, the book explains how to make 25 different “weapons” out of mundane household or office items.
For those of us who reveled in flinging rubber band powered spit wads across the classroom back in the day, this book provides a wealth of new possibilities. Take the Altoids mint catapult, for instance. Begin by cutting the handle off a plastic spoon, tape the shortened spoon to a binder clip, and attach the contraption inside an empty Altoids tin. The next time your buddy “Joe Bad-Breath” comes along, load the spoon with a mint, and fire away!
The cotton swab .38 Special is another winner. Using a dental floss container, a shaving cream top, a couple of pens, and duct tape, you can create the ultimate Q-Tip gun. The author claims that this baby can fire up to 60 feet!
In the section entitled “Villain Mini Weapons” we are presented with some serious dollar store arms. The Q-Tip Blowgun looks mighty vicious, as does the double-barreled rubber band gun. The most lethal appears to be the CD launcher, however. This complicated device actually fires off a CD or DVD at your intended target. The paper star might be a safer bet. It is a take-off on the popular Ninja Throwing Star, but the only damage this one is likely to cause is paper cuts.
The book also contains a nifty section on gadgets. After all, what Junior James Bond, or Man In Black would be complete without his cool gadgets? My favorite of these has to be the Paper Dart Watch. The author describes this better than I ever could: