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5 Times Star Wars Designers Failed At Creating Logical War Machines

The fault in our Star Wars!

Mark Andrew





With the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens barely two weeks away from hitting the theaters, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the beloved space opera franchise have become all the rage these days.

And you don’t even have to go to the cinema to get a slice of the excitement.

Just walk to any mall and you’ll see a lot of merchandise ranging from shirts and caps, to action figures and expensive toys (such as that uber cool Sphero BB-8), to cups and fast food offers, to everything else. The Star Wars fever is truly upon us!

Recently though, I came across this interesting article on Popular Mechanics which claims that the filmmakers made very poor choices particularly in designing the war machines.

Writer Joe Pappalardo cited 5 times the Star Wars tanks made “absolutely no sense.”

Here’s what’s included on the list:

#1. AT-AT

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Photo credit: Star Wars

The “All Terrain All Transport” (or AT-AT) is not one of the most iconic armored vehicles in the Star Wars universe but also one of the most badly-designed. These are “top-heavy four-legged walkers that are vulnerable, slow and easy to spot.”

Pappalardo went on explaining:

“The walker advances at a ponderously slow pace, making a ton of noise in the process. AT-ATs are so large they can be spotted visually and on radar. Since there’s no element of surprise here, an Imperial general might as well fly a large ship or hovercraft to the target.”

Watch the AT-AT in action here:

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#2. Hailfire Droid Tank

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Photo credit: Star Wars

Sure, this missile-firing vehicle looks pretty badass in its own right but clearly, it is not without fault. First off, we couldn’t help but wonder why they have such huge hoop wheels.

Pappalardo comments:

Larger wheels would turn and slide around obstacles when they made contact, whereas smaller wheels could grip and go over rocks. So oversized wheels make little sense.

#3. Self-Propelled Heavy Artillery Walker

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Pappalardo argues:

“When I see a dish like this on a weapon, I immediately think radar targeting. But when it’s at the end of a barrel, as in this case, I think of a microwave weapon. Microwaves fly all over the place unless they are somehow focused. A curved dish can do this, as is the case in the Pentagon’s non-lethal Active Denial System, also known as the “pain ray.” But microwaves are invisible, so what’s the deal with all that lightning crackling at the end of the barrel?”

#4. OG-9 Homing Spider Droid

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Photo credit: Star Wars

Given the points the writer mentioned above, it’s easy to see what’s wrong with this battle tank’s design.

“Here’s the problem: In modern (and future) combat, mobility equals survival. Once you shoot your weapon, a smart driver (or algorithm) knows to move right away to avoid counter-fire. There are no “shoot-and-scoot” tactics possible with a robot that carefully picks each step. And this design can’t withstand much damage. Knocking out even one leg would disable the whole tank.”

In other words, slow-moving robots are practically useless in a warzone.

#5. Blasters and Laser Weapons

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Photo credit: Star Wars

Another staple weapon in the Star Wars universe are the blasters and lasers. They look cool for onscreen fights and battles but here’s the thing – it is ridiculously color-coded.

The tech critic says:

“One big knock against real-life tracers is that they expose your position to enemies. But on actual battlefields, tracers are most often used to adjust fire from heavy machine guns, and if you’re shooting one of them, there’s a good chance an enemy will know it. Yet Star Wars blasters large and small—even ones used by snipers—fire colored bolts. Makes no sense. No wonder Jedis can deflect them at will with a plasma torch. Sorry, a ‘lightsaber.'”

So there you have it. 5 instances where the beloved sci-fi franchise flunked real-life weapons mechanics.

What do you think about these observations and insights? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.


H/T: PopularMechanics


Ronda Rousey Gets Knocked Down During UFC Match With Underdog Holly Holm

What an awesome fight!

Mark Andrew



This is totally unbelievable.

“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, considered by many as the most dangerous female fighter in the UFC, has just lost to underdog Holly Holm.

After the 2-round match, Holm was officially proclaimed as the bantamweight champion after she defeated Rousey during UFC 193 on November 15, 2015 at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The bout was attended by a record attendance of 56,214 fans.

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Hollywood Actress Angel Giuffria Is A Real-Life “Cyborg”

What an amazing young woman!

Mark Andrew



Perhaps best known for her role in the blockbuster Hunger Games, actress Angel Giuffria is also a self-proclaimed “cyborg.”

She was born with only one arm and have been using prosthetics ever since she can remember. What’s most noteworthy about this amazing lady though is her personality. She has always been cheerful and optimistic despite her physical infirmities.

Amputee Angel Giuffria is living an extraordinary life using her bionic arms.

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10 Female Hollywood Celebrities Who Love Giving Sneak Peeks

Caution: Some NSFW photos up and down ahead!

Mika Castro



Being a Hollywood star sometimes require wearing clothes that compromises the use of underwear for the sole purpose
of style. But then there are also celebrities who embrace the freedom of their bodies. Brassieres and panties are just clearly not a part of their style wardrobe.

It is not clear, but with the recent fashion styles flaunted at different Hollywood gatherings, it seems like the "No Undies" or "Sheer Sneak Peek" style is the latest fashion trend. Here are some celebrities who are fans of #freethenipple campaign, or just loves the breezy unrestricted feeling down there. And of course, paparazzis frequently catch these stars going commando more than a couple of times.

Disclaimer: Caution, some photos are NSFW!

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