The Hydraulic Press Channel tried something they’ve never done before. They placed the business end of a 40-ton press inside of an aquarium, then smooshed a soda can and some bottles to see how they would behave underwater. Their new slow-mo camera produced some nice high-quality images of the explosions.
After learning that replacing the dead battery in his 2013 Tesla Model S would cost more than $20,000, its owner decided that it would be more fun to blow up the car than to repair it. So he donated his ride to the Beyond the Press and a team of explosive experts who loaded it up with dynamite and blew it to smithereens.
Nothing says Christmas like a 150-ton hydraulic press crushing things. To help us get into the holiday spirit, please enjoy this sequence of festive Christmas decorations, treats, and gifts being smashed into oblivion. This feels like it should be part of our Festivus celebrations after the airing of grievances.
The guys from How Ridiculous add a new weapon to their arsenal of destructive toys with the largest working hammer on the planet. They worked with DSM Consulting Engineers to build the 22-foot tool that can reset to its upright position using a hydraulic ram. Its 3-ton hammerhead brings the pain to anything in its way.
While it’s not as powerful as a hydraulic press or an industrial shredder, this LEGO Technic mashing machine from GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines is still fun to watch. It uses a pair of rapidly-moving, angled belts to push objects towards a center bar that smashes things apart.
Your typical nutcracker does a pretty good job at pulverizing walnut shells. But Shane from Stuff Made Here wanted something that could crack a steel nut, so he put his engineering chops to good use and built this insanely powerful nutcracker that uses gunpowder to chomp down with more force than Jaws in Moonraker.
YouTuber NileRed is known for his dramatic chemistry experiments. Here, he shows off a highly volatile mixture of sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide known as “piranha solution,” which work together to absolutely obliterate a hot dog. Needless to say this stuff is incredibly dangerous, so don’t attempt anything like this at home.
You’d think a battle between balloons and darts would have an obvious winner. But when you line up a bunch of giant balloons in a row, the dart eventually runs out of energy. How Ridiculous put this to the test – but they first tried popping them with everything from a marshmallow to a volleyball.
A while back, Smarter Every Day showed off an air cannon that can launch a baseball at speeds over 1000 mph. This time, they used the cannon to observe the physics at work as the ball leaves the cannon and is obliterated. Stick around for some amazing 36,000 fps slow-motion footage of exploding sprinkles and mayonnaise.
The guys from Australia’s How Ridiculous have made a career out of destroying stuff. They certainly don’t disappoint in this video, as they test how many panes of glass are needed to stop a variety of objects, including a tomato, a roll of toilet paper, a Rubik’s Cube, and a throwing axe. The slow-motion footage is pretty epic.
If there’s ever another world war, please let it be fought with water balloons instead of weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Jimmy Zou has the right idea, though if you were one of those LEGO minifigs you might be pretty sore after being nailed with so much water. Thanks to Beyond the Brick for the compilation video.
FudouKamui, a student from China’s Xi’an Academy of Fine Art created this vending machine that drops delicate china from its racks onto an unpadded shelf, shattering them on impact. The name of the installation translates to “This Is the Proof of Our Stupidity.” Also, each plate has a different price despite being identical.
As we’ve seen numerous times before, the guys from How Ridiculous love to drop things from a tower. They worked with a metal shop to build a giant, spiky wrecking ball to break things with. The 979 lb. ball gets put to the test against a stack of doors, a wheelbarrow full of Orbeez, a wine barrel, and a bulletproof glass table.
A normal tennis racket has gut, nylon, or polyester strings. But what if you replaced those strings with razor blades and then fired the ball at the racket with a powerful air cannon at 500+ MPH? Tyler Bell demonstrates exactly that, dicing up tennis balls in a fraction of a second with his deadly looking rig.
YouTuber JustDustin built a D20-shaped container from steel and Lexan to see if anyone could break into it. Among those he challenged to open the “unbreakable” box was Hacksmith Industries, who attacked the box with all kinds of weapons, including Captain America’s shield and their plasma-powered lightsaber.
You can make a wine glass shatter by playing a sound loudly and at its resonant frequency. But what exactly is going on when this happens? Gav from The Slow Mo Guys tested out the experiment in front of the Phantom TMX 7510 high-speed camera, capturing the wobbling and exploding glass at a crazy 187,500 fps.
The guys from How Ridiculous are always trying to come up with new ways to drop stuff from their 150-foot tower. This time, they placed the world’s largest exercise ball on the ground and dropped stuff onto it to see how high it would bounce back. The slow-mo footage of the water coming off of the exercise ball is especially cool.
When space junk falls towards Earth, it’s supposed to burn up in the atmosphere. This video from the ESA simulates the conditions of re-entry on a satellite’s solar array plasma wind tunnel. Satellite operators are required to minimize the risk of casualties from falling debris, and this kind of testing can help reduce such risks.
Apparently, the guys from How Ridiculous have gotten bored with dropping stuff off of a tower. They recently expanded their destructive repertoire by tossing stuff into the air from an airbag, and now they’re smacking stuff with a giant golf club on the front of a truck. The Phantom slow-mo footage really adds to the experience.
The guys from How Ridiculous love to drop stuff from a height to see what happens to when it hits the bottom. But instead of just smashing things this time, they placed objects on one side of an airbag, then dropped weights onto the other side to see how high they could launch things.
The guys from the Leftover Currency channel sent the Hydraulic Press Channel a bunch of nearly worthless cash for them to subject to the intense destructive force of their 150-ton press. Like other stacks of paper, the bills fail quite spectacularly, while the coins just get smooshed.
The Beyond the Press channel present a simple but dangerous experiment that you definitely DO NOT want to try to replicate at home. They took an ordinary car tire and wheel, submerged it beneath about 8 inches of frozen lake ice, then overinflated it until it burst. The anticipation of the boom was quite nerve-wracking.
4THECRAFT is an expert at making dioramas sealed inside of clear resin. In this video, they walk us through the process of creating a scene of a meteor crashing into a building, combining 3D printing, hand-painting, and model-making techniques to create an awe-inspiring visual. The lighting inside the fireball really brings it to life.