(PIX11) — Here’s a doozy for war buffs and animal experts alike: have you ever heard of the term “weaponized manure”?
Well, a man in Arizona has constructed just that — a flamethrower that shoots flames 30 feet into the air — using rabbit droppings.
Turns out, weaponized manure has been in use as early as the Civil War, after it was discovered that decaying waste from bat droppings converts into saltpeter, the main ingredient in gunpowder (it takes 100 pounds of bat droppings to yield four pounds of saltpeter).
On an episode of National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers,” a man named Nick starts off by grinding rabbit manure into a fine powder, calling the mixture “the perfect fuel” for his flamethrower.
“It smells delicious,” he said as he opens a container of freshly blended rabbit poop.
The flamethrower is made possible by a two-part system. In addition to the waste gunpowder, Nick makes methane by letting the rabbit waste chemically react with water.
Although flamethrowers were used in World War II, they were banned by the Department of Defense after the Vietnam War for ethical reasons.
Nick constructed his unique flamethrower to use as protection for him and his wife.
“Hold on to your ass, man,” he said with a smile on his face as he tested the ingenious piece of weaponry. “It’s barbeque time.”
A piece of advice to anyone approaching Nick’s property with ill intent: run for your life.
Bravo, Nick. Bravo.