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Truck Vandalizes Mailbox, Engineering Students Craft Superhero Mailbox

There are far too many examples of senseless, outright ruthless individuals going out of their way to unleash havoc on perfectly peaceful mailboxes. Seriously, it ain't easy being a mailbox in this world. Fortunately, there are also a decent number of ingenious individuals that are more than ready to use their engineering brainpower to craft invincible mailboxes. If you got a kick out of this pro revenge story, check out this pro revenge story where a dad crafted an invincible mailbox amidst a road rager's maddening antics.

Engineering students successfully truck-proof a vulnerable mailbox.
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Low Budget Fixes And Feats Of Domestic Engineering

We are people with problems. And problems require solutions. But we don't always have a lot of money, so those problems require us to devise intriguing and sometimes inadvisable DIY solutions. Sometimes we try to solve problems that aren't really even problems, or we try to exercise our creative juices with weird and intriguing DIY projects. For more inspiration, here are some low budget car mods and questionable fixes. And for the mechanically inclined who just want to see something cool, here's people making a steel sphere with an explosion.

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Via Snek
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What's more human than looking at a Roomba and saying "not having to vacuum is great, but why can't it bring me a beer?" With just a few slight modifications we now have that reality. While the robot revolution is inevitable, we might as well put our feet up and give the robots a half decent reason to revolt against their humiliation. What once was roomba has now become brewmba.

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When you think "what would happen if you crossed a tank with a fighter jet" most people wouldn't think "yes, the perfect fire extinguisher." But humans are nothing without our ingenuity, and this beautiful unholy alliance between a tank and a jet somehow turned into a safety device. It's all about intention.

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Weird, Intriguing and Not Great DIY Projects

Creativity is a good thing, but sometimes our creativity gets in the way of our sense and we end up making impressive creations of questionable taste. And that's not to say this stuff is useless either. People create effective low budget DIY solutions for their problems all the time. It's just that some ideas in practice tend to lack...uh... grace.

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Via Ian Davis
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Ian Davis has a Youtube channel dedicated his engineering of his own prosthetic hand. Over the years he's come up with different designs with different functions. Here he is showing off the splay function. Sorry, there's just no denying that this thing is absolutely awesome.

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Intriguing and Sometimes Inadvisable DIY Solutions

Human ingenuity is an amazing thing, especially when you're looking for DIY solutions on a budget. That said, welding together your very own chop saw is probably a bad idea if you don't know exactly what you're doing. Also, there are probably safer ways to haul a boat than tying it to your car. That's not to say these methods don't work. It's just often a better idea to choose the DIY solution that leaves you with fewer tickets and more remaining fingers.

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Boss Dismisses Employee's Warnings About Manufacturer, Costs Company $65K

There's something unfortunate that occurs when certain people are put into power. It's as if the newfound authority instantaneously possesses them with the kind of brash God complex that results in them making completely irrational decisions that can ultimately be destructive to the companies that they were tasked with keeping in good health. It sounds like this boss was far out on his own power trip. Well, that all came crashing down, didn't it? For some more juicy malicious compliance drama, check out the time that a Karen presenter demanded a crappier hotel booking, and got it

Boss dismisses an employee's warnings about a fabricated manufacturer, and ends up paying for it to the tune of $65K.
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Here we were spending all of our waking hours setting our thousands and thousands of dominos up by hand. This is a godsend to anyone like us whose children go unfed due to the countless sleepless nights we spend setting up dominos. Our domino-chapped and blistered fingers have this guy to thank for creating a handy automatic domino machine.

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Why anyone would go through the effort to re-engineer their 3D printer into a sandwich machine is beyond sense, until of course you see this baby in action. Obviously it would be faster, easier, cheaper and probably tastier to just make it by hand or just buy a sandwich, but then you wouldn't get to say you have a sandwich machine. In a sense, it's 3D printing a sandwich. Not actually, but definitely sort of! 

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Explosive hydroforming is the process of using an explosion to shape metal. The pressure from the explosion in each one of these tanks violently and pretty much instantly turns them into spheres. It's kind of like magic, and it's very fun to watch.

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Just because someone's being paid to do their job doesn't mean that they're not prone to moments of complete and helpless failure. Some failures are more impactful than others. This particular failtastrophe involves a power plant chimney falling across some wires and right on into some poor and unfortunate building storing transformers. 

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So, usually in metalworking, you'd shape stuff by with a punch or a press. At least that's what Wikipedia says. Wikipedia also says that  hydroforming is the process of shaping metal using water pressure. For materials that are too strong or large for traditional hydroforming, one option is explosive forming, sometimes called explosive hydroforming. That's where the pressure used to shape metal comes from, you guessed it, an explosion. This ends our remedial knowledge of the complex processes involved with metalworking. Just watch the thing go bang.

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Australian Engineer Lets Farm Owner Destroy His Own Car

We've seen stories of big company owners tripping over their own hubris, like this incompetent owner who mistakenly fired a special contractor, and this time there's more math. This guy gives an extremely detailed account of exactly how a whole bunch of water, a valve, and an overly zealous farm owner gave himself the business.

Engineer warns farm owner to not park by a valve, his car is destroyed | r/MaliciousCompliance Posted by u/OlderSparky 2 4 hours ago Owner says "Yeah, yeah been saying years and nothing bad has happened Sparkies tale. oc XL 10+yrs ago, Rural Australia. This tale takes place on big, very profitable fruit farm. Over 100k trees my favourite fruit s about moment deliberately caused most monetary damage my electrical career If has interest, read story think 's funny and instructive may even save life
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Here are two machines, both capable of balancing themselves using the power of reaction wheels. First, it's kind of amazing that people do this every day without even thinking about it. Second, it's really amazing that someone figured out how to engineer self-balancing machines out of a few motors and strategically placed wheels. For some funny engineering, here's a dude who kicked up his video game rumble several notches.

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Low Budget Car Mods and Questionable Fixes

Sure, there are tons of impressive and dumb low budget DIY solutions out there, and yeah, it's not stupid if it works, but how long exactly does one expect a Pringles can to be an effective replacement car part? These fixes no doubt show a lot of ingenuity, but some of them also look like a cd taped over a problem.

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