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Beer Launching Fridge

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The Beer Launching Fridge is a modified mini-fridge that catapults beer to the desired drinker by use of a keyless remote system. It has been featured on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Colbert Report.[1]


The Beer Launching Fridge was a device created by John W. Cornwell, an electrical engineer who graduated from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering in 2006. After video of the device was released to the public in February 2007, the Launcher and its creator became an overnight internet celebrity. The video was featured on Metacafe and briefly on YouTube before it was taken down at the request of Cornwell for violation of his copyright.

This video clip participates in Metacafe Producer Reward program and has generated over $9,400 for Cornwell.

The device works by loading a beer from the refrigerator to an elevator leading outside of the fridge. From there, the beer is loaded to a catapult. The prototype device is controlled by a remote keyless control which can determine and lock the speed, launch angle, and direction just by the press of a button. Then the catapult launches the beer to the target user on command.


John Cornwell demonstrated his device on the Late Show with David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The beer launching fridge was also covered on several major web sites including Metacafe Slashdot and Digg as well as The Colbert Report in March 2007.


  1. Geoff Tibballs (5 August 2008). Ripley's Believe It Or Not!: Prepare to Be Shocked!. Ripley Entertainment, Incorporated. ISBN 978-1-893951-31-0. Retrieved 15 October 2013. ... student from North Carolina has invented a refrigerator that throws cold cans of beer to drinkers. John Cornwell spent $3,000 devising the Beer Launching Fridge, which, when activated by remote control, rotates an ... Search this book on

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