Among Fun Fun Fun Fest's many strange little wrinkles and amenities, the Taco Cannon stands alone. Sometimes, its appearance would be listed on the schedule, but sometimes it would just appear, at the end of a set, always soundtracked by the Mortal Kombat theme song. Its posse would appear, in masks and bandanas, and start winging Twinkies into the first rows while the cannon was readied. And then, at the push of a button, tacos went flying at a range of 50 to 100 or so feet into the crowd. By Saturday afternoon there were people sprinting across the grounds at the mere suggestion of that theme song, because the whole thing lasted maybe two minutes per firing. Photographer Mike Brooks captured the thing in action -- we offer you a .gif of the results:
It's worth noting that this year's taco cannon exploits were not without controversy. But the rival Torchy's cannon was nowhere to be seen this weekend. I guess, citizens of Austin, you should just be on guard at all times for flying carnitas.
See also: -Flowchart: Should I See This Old Band? -Tales From The Sweatlodge, Or the Yellow Tent at FFF Fest -How -Topic Almost Got his Ass Kicked on the Luckiest Day of His Life at Fun Fun Fun Fest -The Misfits At Fun Fun Fun Fest Were One of the Worst Things I've Ever Seen
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.