This is an iPhone 5s getting shot by a .50 caliber rifle

Summary:A gold one, no less. People are strange.

Why? I have no idea. Happy Tuesday. (Photo courtesy RatedRR)

Look, I have no idea what would compel someone to take a brand new electronic device and deliberately damage it. 

I really have no idea what would compel someone to take a fragile object made of silicon, glass and aluminum, sit it up on a ledge and put—with great velocity—a pointed copper-and-lead round through it. (YouTube views, I think.)

But that's what the folks at RatedRR have done in their latest episode. (They seem to have a thing for tech and projectiles.)

Whether you're a fan of Apple's newest device or hate the thing is no matter: there's a reassuring—albeit senseless—feeling watching an object that so demands attention from our lizard brains (notifications! colors! animations! sounds!) get a dose of the cold, hard physical world.

That dose comes courtesy of a Barrett Model 82A1 military rifle, which will run you about $9,000 and move a bullet up to 3,200 ft. per second, or about 975 meters per second.

Say it with me: I love my phone; I hate my phone. Now breathe deep. Ahhhh.

Topics: Apple


Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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