Driving from Providence to Austin I encountered more than a few military relics rusting by the roadway. Jets and tanks mostly. Although I appreciate the nutters who plant these object des guerres in their front garden (e.g., carmudgeon Jeremy Clarkson) I prefer my aging artifacts on an epic scale. I groove on enormous abandoned Industrial Age factories, for example. Kinda difficult to put one in the backyard though. And yet . . . “Established in 1961 and abandoned in 1967, HARP (High Altitude Research Project) was a joint initiative between the American and Canadian defense departments. Its purpose: to research the use of ballistics to deliver objects into the upper atmosphere and beyond. In lay terms, the project’s goal was to create a cartoonishly large gun to shoot things into space. The fruit of this partnership, including the massive gun barrel, remains at the Barbados test site.” Not really never been done before material, but it would look good in Texas, right?