If I may wax pedantic for a moment, here’s a rather striking example of the remarkable creativity that can result from radically limiting one’s options. “What is the coolest thing I can make using all the myriad resources available in the world?” may be a stultifying proposition, but picking something ready to hand—”What is the coolest thing I can make from just this pile of paperclips?”—is a more manageable and, in my opinion, often a more interesting and enjoyable process.

This and a dozen other similar photographs were taken by Flickr user Danforth Nichols, and the weapons themselves are attributed to his friend “Brett.” [via Boing Boing]

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Tim Kemp

    Those are very nice, but I was expecting something more along the lines of a way to hit your co-worker in the back of the head from across the room.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yamahito Tom Hillman

    If *I* may be pedantic for a moment, in what way are you waxing pedantic?

  • http://www.facebook.com/yamahito Tom Hillman

    If *I* may be pedantic for a moment, in what way are you waxing pedantic?