Previews of "FLYING ANVILS" premier on the Science Channel, September 5, 2011
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"What is Anvil Shooting?" -
Anvil Shooting (also known as an anvil launching, or an anvil firing or ringing the anvil) is the practice of firing an anvil into the air with gunpowder.
For traditional anvil shooting, two anvils are used: one as a base (placed upside down), and another one (also known as the "flier") as the projectile (placed right-side up, atop the base). For modified anvil shooting, a single anvil can be fired off a mortor base.
The space formed by the anvil's concave base is filled with black powder and a fuse. The fuse is lit, and the resulting deflagration (the rapid combustion of the powder rather than explosion) sends the projectile anvil tens, or even hundreds of feet into the air.
Anvil firing was once commonly performed as a substitute for fireworks during celebrations. One such noteworthy celebration was held on the day the state of Texas voted to secede from the Union. On February 23, 1861, Texas Ranger and prominent Union supporter, Thomas Lopton Campbell Jr., was held captive and forced to "fire the anvils" in the streets of Austin.
--Hosted by MYTHBUSTERS' Tory Belleci, FLYING ANVILS premieres on SCIENCE Monday, September 5, at 10 PM (ET/PT), 9 PM CT--
SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Take two anvils, add a pile of gunpowder and ignite. What might seem like a recipe for disaster is actually the formula for high-flying, explosive fun this Labor Day with the world-premiere special FLYING ANVILS. SCIENCE transforms a 200-year-old tradition into a 21st century extreme competition that tests the boundaries of physics -- and good judgment. As the latest addition to the popular SCI SPORTS franchise, FLYING ANVILS joins the ranks of one-of-a-kind, extreme engineering events including PUNKIN CHUNKIN, LARGE DANGEROUS ROCKET SHIPS (LDRS) and most recently, KILLER ROBOTS: ROBOGAMES 2011. FLYING ANVILS premieres on SCIENCE on Monday, September 5, at 10 PM (ET/PT) 9 PM CT.
Hosted by Tory Belleci of MYTHBUSTERS, FLYING ANVILS takes viewers to Farmington, Mo.-- the Mecca of anvil launching -- for the 2011 U.S. Anvil Shooting Championship. There, teams from around the country gather to compete in a pyrotechnics playground that seemingly defies both physics and common sense. The annual competition features a marquee event in which contestants fire a 100-pound anvil off another using one pound of gunpowder. In a second, super-modified event, teams use specially engineered anvils with two pounds of gunpowder to send anvils flying in excess of 500 feet in the air.
"I've seen a lot of crazy things on MYTHBUSTERS, but hosting FLYING ANVILS was one of the most intense things I've ever experienced," says Tory Belleci. "This sport is so raw, so explosive and so exciting -- how did I not know about it before?!"
"With FLYING ANVILS, SCIENCE continues its mission of celebrating everyday engineers and backyard geniuses, because not all science comes from men in white lab coats," said Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vice president of SCIENCE. "FLYING ANVILS offers access into a unique American subculture that combines unconventional science with larger-than-life characters and, most important, mind-blowing explosions. It's a world that many may never have imagined even existed."
Serving as host and tour guide, Belleci takes the audience on a wild ride through the behind-the-scenes practices of this addictively bizarre sport, where each team's anvil launch is scored based on height and accuracy. Belleci introduces viewers to an eclectic cast of characters, including 20-year competition veteran Gay Wilkinson, whose house is a veritable anvil-shooting museum, as well as mechanical engineer Mark Bollinger, who relies on a highly scientific approach to take his anvils to new heights.
Flying Anvils U.S. Championship Anvil
Shoot in Farmington, MO!
It’s a heavy metal sport that involves packing a pound of black powder between two anvils and blasting one into the sky. But a dark cloud hung over this weekend’s tournament following an accident that cost one competitor his thumb.
The premise is simple. Take two anvils. One will be used as a base and the other will be shot into the air.
Turn the base anvil upside down. The bottom of a forged steel anvil before has a cavity. Pack black powder in the base anvil’s hole. The tournament’s rules require no more than one pound maximum of powder. Seal it off with paper and an adhesive like peanut butter or honey. Place the other anvil on top of the base, run a fuse to the black powder, and wait for the boom...
For the full story, go here: http://www.semo.edu/sepr/news/index_35418.htm