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A 17th Century Cannon Ball Deals a Lot of Damage

The kinds of weapons used by modern militaries pack a wallop, but the cannons installed on ships hundreds of years ago weren’t exactly gentle. The Smithsonian Channel’s World of Weapons: War at Sea demonstrates a working replica of a 17th century cannon as it blasts a 9-pound metal cannonball into a ship’s hull.

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A 21st century cannon ball deals a lot of damage too. Just ask Mythbusters.

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