Surprises can happen when firing a cannon at home

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Well, not big surprises.

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I saw this on the reddit forum WinStupidPrizes, and it seems staged. We don’t see the unbroken windows ahead of time, and the glass breaking sound goes on way too long, and it way to “clean.” I’m calling BS.

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Can’t say I’m that surprised if this was real, having spent New Year 2020 in Amsterdam … closest thing to being in a war zone I can imagine, millions of euros worth of fireworks on the night.

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That was pretty cool. I bet next time they will roll it out further from the house.

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Honestly it would be more suspicious if the camera had shown the unbroken windows ahead of time. Why would they point the camera at the house if they were focused on the cannon firing?

As for the length of time we hear broken glass, it’s not just the sound of the glass shattering from the shockwave but also the sound of the pieces falling out afterward to hit the floor and ground.

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Stupid people + guns.

'Nuff said.

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Sure, but it’s the same sound, continuously. Seems added in, given the other background sounds.

It’s certainly possible that I’m overly-skeptical.

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I can’t imagine why anyone would bust all the windows in their home ahead of time just to fake a video like this.

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Me, either. I could imagine that someone with already-busted windows and who was going to shoot off a cannon would think “aha, Internet glory awaits.”

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I’m often overly-skeptical too, but in this case you can see some shards of glass falling down in the upper left when the camera points to the roof…
I know they like ‘carbidschieten’ here in the countryside (Carbidschieten - Wikipedia, calcium carbide explosions in big milk cans), but didn’t know they have cannons as well…

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Although: Would that really be much dumber than what they seemingly did?

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Personal experience: one of our friends likes to make medieval weapons. Over the last few years, he has brought a ‘hand-cannon’ to our New Year’s Eve parties. With double or triple load (wadding and black powder, no actual shot) it sets off car alarms for 1/4 mile with the overpressure wave.

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Well this is new to me.

I found this article in English for others.

http://www.carbidbus.nl/?page_id=969

And I just realized - this uses the same principle as the Austin Magic Pistol - a toy gun that made a loud boom thanks to calcium carbide and water (or spit).

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New business venture idea: Cannon Rental & Glass Repair

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So? Was it a boy or a girl?

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I wanna know what happened with the kid on the slide.

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Tigra and Buffy like the boom!

Bunny D; she likes the cars that go boom, apparently.

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from the late 80s through the early 00s the sister of a close friend who lived in a gated community on an east texas lakefront had a joint interest in a 3 inch diameter cannon along with 6 other families in the same community. they had gotten it as an escalation in the july 4th fireworks wars with another gated community across the lake. a couple of times when my friend came from his graduate work out of state he would take me to the party. it was . . . idiosyncratically texan, for sure. they had worked out a standard charge of smokeless powder and packed it with a standard wad of butcher paper.

the fun ended on 7/4/2004 when someone loaded it with the standard charge and wadding and then someone else loaded it with the standard charge and wadding and then when it didn’t fire someone else loaded it yet again with the standard charge and wadding, packed it real tight, and put three fuses in instead of one. it fired that time but blew out the side of the barrel. no rednecks were injured in the destruction of the cannon although my friend’s brother-in-law claimed his ear were ringing three days later.

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