Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mythbusters to Test Gorn Cannon

I am a huge fan of the Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel so happy to hear when another program I am fond of, Star Trek, will get some love from the program. According to one of the Mythbusters, Grant Imahara's Tweet, "YesssssKirk!!! It’s official. #Gorncannon is a go for next season’s Viewer’s Special. Thanks to all fans 4 your help! :)"

The "Gorn Cannon" is from Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Arena" were Kirk is pitted against a Gorn captain by the Metrons who threaten to destroy the ship of the losing Captain. Kirk digs up high school chemistry of using potassium nitrate, sulfur and coal found on the battlefield/mountain to create cannon to knock the Gorn out.

I assume the Mythbuster goal is to test if you can jury rig a working cannon using handfuls of the correct material as an effective weapon. Several problems they will probably test is a) can the bamboo cannon even survive a blast and b) assuming the ingredients are readily available (alien planet so go with it) could you devise the right combination to create the thrust needed to send projectiles at your enemy and not kill yourself in the process.

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