Remember that episode of Star Trek TOS where Kirk fought the Gorn? If you don’t know what I am talking about then you should be ashamed to call yourself a nerd! That shit is a right of passage! Anyways, as the rest of you know, in the episode “Arena” Captain Kirk and a Gorn Captain are pulled off their ships by superbeings (the Metrons) and put onto a planet to fight it out old school. Eventually, Kirk finds the ingredients for gunpowder (potassium nitrate, sulfur and coal) and uses them to create a makeshift cannon from some kind of bamboo-like plant with diamonds as his projectile. Well, have you ever called into question the plausibility of this make shift weapon? I never really put much thought into it, but the question has stirred up enough interest that it caught the attention of the Mythbusters! Grant Imahara, one of the Mythbusters, reported (on his Twitter page), that he was going to discuss the gorn cannon idea at a story meeting . After the meeting he reported the good news:

“YesssssKirk!!! It’s official. Gorncannon is a go for next season’s Viewer’s Special. Thanks to all fans 4 your help!” 🙂

Category: TV

Tags: , ,