According to esteemed anvil historian Richard Postman, anvil shooting is an American tradition that's been around for almost 300 years. It originated as a way for people to celebrate holidays with bang. A really, really big bang.
All the process requires is two large anvils (not cheap, not easy to find), a fuse, peanut butter, notebook paper, and a pound of gunpowder. Combine said elements, add fire, run like hell, and an anvil will soon be flying high above your head.
In this video*, Gay Wilkinson, a former world champion anvil shooter (yes, there's a competition) and the ex-mayor of Farmington, Missouri shows the RFT how it's done:
*No roadrunners were harmed in the making of this video.
Not that you should try this at home, but here's more info:
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photos by Jennifer Silverberg, captions/comic strip by Tom Carlson