Awesome Destruction

Fun with Breakaway Props

Fun with Breakaway Props

When someone gets a bottle broken over their head in real life, it could do serious damage. That’s why TV and movie stunts use harmless replicas made out of hardened sugar or rubber. The guys from JOLLY got their jollies by playing around with a bunch of breakaway bottles and other props used for on-screen fakery.

Can Velveeta Cheese Stop a Bullet?

Can Velveeta Cheese Stop a Bullet?

We’re pretty sure you can stop a bullet with enough layers of any substance. DemolitionRanch took a bunch of Kraft’s processed cheese bricks and fired into them to see how much it would take to stop various ammunition in its tracks. Spoiler alert: it’s possible he needs a lot more cheese.

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Slow-Mo Submarine Explosion

Slow-Mo Submarine Explosion

Blowing up a real submarine would be costly and impractical, so Gav from The Slow Mo Guys did the next best thing. He took a scale model of a sub, placed it inside a fish tank, and set off mini depth charges. The exterior shots were done with Phantom cameras, but the underwater shots were done with a GoPro Hero9 Black.

Melting a Drone in a Volcano

Melting a Drone in a Volcano

We recently witnessed some amazing drone footage of an Icelandic volcano in action. Photographer Garðar Ólafs went one better by flying his drone directly over the volcano’s vent, sacrificing his equipment to bring us this spectacular footage. We only wish we had an exterior shot of the drone melting.

Pouring Molten Aluminum from 50 Feet Up

Pouring Molten Aluminum from 50 Feet Up

The Backyard Scientist conducts another ill-advised and dangerous experiment by loading himself and a bucket of molten aluminum into a cherry picker, then ascending to 50 feet before pouring the metal into an aquarium on the ground. We’d like to say this was for science, but it’s clearly just for the spectacle.

Saw Blade Cannon

Saw Blade Cannon

Anni and Lauri of the Hydraulic Press and Beyond the Press Channels show of one of their deadliest creations, an air-powered launcher that can fling a circular saw blade at breakneck speeds. The sound it makes is both satisfying and terrifying.

Shredder vs. Bulletproof Glass

Shredder vs. Bulletproof Glass

The PressTube channel has made a name for itself by destroying stuff just for fun. In this video, they fed sheets of bulletproof glass into their industrial-strength shredding machine. Naturally, the shredder won, filling our ears with a jarring crunch as it chewed through progressively thicker panes.

Golf Balls vs. Doors and Windows

Golf Balls vs. Doors and Windows

The guys from How Ridiculous take a momentary vacation from tossing stuff off of a tower to play some golf. While on the fairway, they performed various destructive and unscientific experiments, including testing many hollow-core doors and panes of glass they could drive a golf ball through.

M&M Macro Photography

M&M Macro Photography

Photography Jens Heidler of Another Perspective uses ordinary objects to create extraordinary images. To make this video, he captured time-lapse macro footage of M&Ms melting in a fish tank. As the sugary shells slowly dissolve, colorful patterns emerge in the candies’ watery grave.

Shark with Hydraulic Jaws

Shark with Hydraulic Jaws

Stuck at home under quarantine, builder Colin Furze was feeling restless, so he decided to piece something together from items he had around his shop. The monstrosity you see here is a plastic shark head that Colin retrofitted with a 10-ton hydraulic jack and pointy metal teeth. Let the crushing begin!

Side-by-Side Swing

Side-by-Side Swing

WhistlinDiesel is known for doing really stupid things with cars and trucks. This time, the guys built a 13-foot-tall steel A-frame, then hung a side-by-side ATV by its rear wheel hubs and tried to use it as a swing… we emphasize TRIED. At least they got to do this before they wrecked the RZR.

Popping Giant Balloons

Popping Giant Balloons

The guys from How Ridiculous usually spend their time dropping things from a tower. This time around, they took their destructive tendencies indoors, where they overinflated a variety of balloons to the point of breaking. The explosions culminate with an absolutely massive balloon that stands more than 40 feet tall.

Hydraulic Press vs. Glass Sphere

Hydraulic Press vs. Glass Sphere

The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel are always on the lookout for things that hold onto so much energy before failing that they explode catastrophically. Paper does the trick quite well, and now we see that solid glass spheres have similar explosive potential.

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Sandwich Becomes a Smoothie

Sandwich Becomes a Smoothie

If you really wanted to turn a Subway sandwich into a smoothie, you just need a blender and a little bit of water. But the Hydraulic Press Channel marches to the beat of a different drummer and prefers to mush up their footlongs with a 150-ton press and their Smoothie Maker 1,000,000, which might need a little work.

Hydraulic Press vs. Axes

Hydraulic Press vs. Axes

Industrial hydraulic presses are designed to compress metals, so we’re not surprised that HPC’s 150-ton press was able to make quick work of these steel axes. Place your bets now as to how much pressure will be needed to bend or break these normally sturdy hand tools.

Most Satisfying Shredder

Most Satisfying Shredder

It’s always fun to watch stuff tossed into an industrial shredder. In this clip by Gojzer, they load up a machine with all kinds of satisfying stuff, including ping pong balls, squeaky toys, light bulbs, and popcorn, and gooey blocks of gelatin. Those Coke bottles weren’t going down without a fight.

Giant Trebuchet Test Part 2

Giant Trebuchet Test Part 2

The last time we checked in with Colin Furze, he was performing initial tests on his giant steel trebuchet. There were still a few kinks to be worked out, but now that those issues are sorted, it’s ready to start dishing out some destruction. Among the victims are an old mobile home, a couple of cars, and the trebuchet itself.

Giant Trebuchet First Test

Giant Trebuchet First Test

After showing what it took to build his massive trebuchet, maker Colin Furze finally got to take it outside and put it to the test. Enjoy as the house-sized contraption flings its payloads hundreds of feet, including washing machines, a bicycle, and a patio heater. We’re hoping to see a car go flying next time.

Car vs Detonators

Car vs Detonators

The Beyond the Press channel covered an old beater with 70 blasting caps, then detonated them remotely. With the help of their Matrix-style ring Chronos 1.4 cameras, they recorded the sparkly light show in 360º slow-motion. For safety purposes, they couldn’t load the car with explosives, but it’s still fun to watch.

Floating Exploding Apple

Floating Exploding Apple

With just the right amount of compressed air, it’s possible to spin an apple in the air. But there’s only so many RPMs a fruit can take, and eventually, the apple gives up. Gav from The Slow Mo Guys put this physics experiment to the test in front of a high-speed camera so we can see exactly what happens when it disintegrates.

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Diesel Dyno Disaster

Diesel Dyno Disaster

Because we can never get enough explosions around here, sit back and enjoy the fiery destruction as this tricked-out diesel truck experiences a catastrophic failure on the dynamometer, the likes of which we’ve not seen before. Thankfully nobody was injured in the big kaboom.

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Bridges

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Bridges

Bridges can vary wildly in terms of strength depending on their structural design. The guys from the Hydraulic Press Channel welded together several miniature bridges from steel, then measured the force applied to each one to see which style is the strongest.

How Strong Is Paper?

How Strong Is Paper?

The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel have been causing paper to explode under pressure for quite some time now. In this clip they attempt to measure just how much force a stack of paper can endure before failing spectacularly.

Overflowing a Bathroom

Overflowing a Bathroom

Have you ever left a sink or tub running to the point where it overflows? Hopefully, you caught it before it did what happens in this video from NRK. In what we can only imagine was the Norwegian equivalent of Mythbusters, they filled the upper level of a bathroom with water to see just how much it would take to make the floor collapse.

Dropping a Sword from a Tower

Dropping a Sword from a Tower

The guys from Australia’s How Ridiculous have made a business out of dropping stuff off of a 150-foot tower. In this clip, they got their hands on a massive sword built by Alec Steele and proceeded to put it to the test to see how deep it would plunge into things on the ground below. Perhaps most impressive is how durable the sword is.

Firing a Ship’s Cannon

Firing a Ship’s Cannon

The kinds of weapons used by modern militaries pack a wallop, but the cannons installed on ships hundreds of years ago weren’t exactly gentle. The Smithsonian Channel’s World of Weapons: War at Sea demonstrates a working replica of a 17th century cannon as it blasts a 9-pound metal cannonball into a ship’s hull.

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