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Awesome Destruction

How Ridiculous vs. Lava Lamps

How Ridiculous vs. Lava Lamps

How Ridiculous have a long history of destroying stuff. So when they got their hands on a bunch of goo-filled lava lamps, their first instinct was to see how many they could break by throwing various projectiles at them. After breaking some glass, they moved on to garden gnomes, tiles, and other fragile items. As expected, the slow-mo footage is the best part.

Shredding the Sun

Shredding the Sun

There’s a whole sub-genre of YouTube videos featuring various objects being jammed into industrial shredders. Atomic Marvel went to the extreme and stuck the entire sun into a shredder to see what would happen. We’re surprised it didn’t melt the machine as soon as it hit the gears with its 10,000-degree surface temperature.

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More Mid-Air Cannon Collisions

More Mid-Air Cannon Collisions

The guys from How Ridiculous braved winter conditions in Montana to play with a pair of air cannons with their friends from BealsScience. This time, they loaded up their barrels with soda cans, bowling balls, spray paint, and a pair of glass spheres for an explosive grand finale.

Microwaving CDs in Super Slow Motion

Microwaving CDs in Super Slow Motion

We don’t recommend trying this at home, but if you pop a compact disc into a microwave oven and turn it on, it’ll put on a brief but spectacular light show. The Slow Mo Guys rigged up a macro probe lens and their high-speed cameras to capture the miniature electrical storm in amazing detail. Then they scrambled some eggs.

Exploding a Laserdisc in Slow Motion

Exploding a Laserdisc in Slow Motion

If you spin a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc fast enough, it will eventually shatter and send shrapnel flying. Laserdiscs were made similarly, only bigger, so they also catastrophically fail at high speeds. The Slow Mo Guys pointed their high-speed camera at the carnage to give us a detailed look at how the discs come apart.

Overinflating Tires Until They Explode

Overinflating Tires Until They Explode

After smashing stuff with their shop’s new 300-ton hydraulic press, the Beyond the Press channel got to work on a different kind of destruction. For maximum explosive carnage, they took car and truck tires and filled them way past their safe limits with a 4350 psi (300 bar) air compressor. Don’t try anything like this at home – it’s incredibly dangerous.

A Gummy Bear Goes to Hell

A Gummy Bear Goes to Hell

NileRed enjoys destroying things with chemistry. In this short video he shows what happens to a gummy bear when its sugar interacts with potassium chlorate, causing the gates of hell to open and swallowing up the innocent bear. If that wasn’t horrific enough for you, some masochist enhanced the video with blood-curdling sound effects.

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Firing Two Air Cannons at Each Other

Firing Two Air Cannons at Each Other

After nearly destroying a bowling ball cannon, How Ridiculous asked BealsScience to make a pair of air-powered cannons. To maximize their destructive power, they pointed them at each other and then fired them to collide basketballs, LEGO cannonballs, and watermelons in mid-air. It took a lot of trial and error to get them to sync up.

Hydraulic Press vs. Propane Canisters

Hydraulic Press vs. Propane Canisters

We’ve seen how explosive something as tame as paper can be when crushed in a hydraulic press. So, how energetic are actual explosives when subjected to similar forces? Press play and find out as the Hydraulic Press Channel takes canisters of compressed propane gas and smooshes them next to a bunch of candles.

The Impaler 10,000,000

The Impaler 10,000,000

The Hydraulic Press Channel goes back to basics by showing off their latest tool of destruction, The Impaler 10,000,000. This custom-made press tool has a pointy tip and a matching base, allowing it to poke holes, crush, and extrude objects until they surrender to its force. It’s really good at juicing fruit, too.

Spinning a Skateboard Wheel at 100,000 RPM

Spinning a Skateboard Wheel at 100,000 RPM

At a speed of 30 MPH, a skateboard wheel spins at about 5000 RPM. The guys at the Waterjet Channel wanted to see how quickly they could get a wheel to spin under the pressure of their 60,000 PSI waterjet. After realizing that ordinary plastic wheels wouldn’t hold up, they milled their own out of aluminum.

Bowling Ball Cannon vs. Bulletproof Glass

Bowling Ball Cannon vs. Bulletproof Glass

When The Slow Mo Guys and How Ridiculous got together, they didn’t just crush some heads. After all, if you’ve got a cannon that fires bowling balls at 500 MPH, you want to destroy all the things. With the help of the cannon’s maker, BealsScience, they tested the strength of bulletproof glass and polycarbonate along with a fiberglass-lined safety door.

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Which Is More Destructive: Acid or Lava?

Which Is More Destructive: Acid or Lava?

We would say, “Don’t try this at home,” but most of us don’t have a cauldron of molten lava or a vat of acid lying around. Mark Rober’s video includes a series of experiments in which he and his pals tested the destructive abilities of lava, acid, and some wildcards. The video culminates in a challenge to see which could kill a car engine quicker.

Firing a Bowling Ball Cannon in Slow-Motion

Firing a Bowling Ball Cannon in Slow-Motion

Gav and Dan of The Slow Mo Guys met up with Brett and Scott from How Ridiculous to see what kind of damage a bowling ball cannon can do. Their subject: ballistic gel heads filled with fake skulls. For something a little less gruesome, enjoy some bowling balls vs. trampolines.

Blending with Fire

Blending with Fire

The guys from How Ridiculous aren’t done destroying things in their gigantic blender. This time, there’s even more spectacle as they satisfy the appliance’s voracious appetite with aerosol deodorant cans, a garbage bin filled with dry ice, and glow sticks. They also fed it a combination of hairspray and sparklers, resulting in some impressive fireballs.

Hydraulic Press vs. LEGO Bricks

Hydraulic Press vs. LEGO Bricks

Since they’re made from plastic, LEGO bricks probably don’t stand a chance against a 150-ton hydraulic press, right? They’re stronger than you might think. Lauri from the Hydraulic Press Channel shows exactly how much force the ABS plastic building blocks can endure when assembled. Distributing the pressure across a larger surface area certainly helps.

Destroying More Stuff in the World’s Largest Blender

Destroying More Stuff in the World’s Largest Blender

The last video we posted from How Ridiculous featured a gigantic blender that made mincemeat of everything from watermelons to tennis balls. Now the Aussies are back to blend a bunch of bigger targets, including a mannequin, a kayak, lawn chairs, and a rowboat. Can anything survive its mighty blade?

Destroying Stuff in the World’s Largest Blender

Destroying Stuff in the World’s Largest Blender

How Ridiculous has chopped things with a giant axe and slapped them with a killer fly swatter. Now, they’ve assembled the world’s largest blender. The giant appliance has a terrifying set of serrated blades that spin and kick objects against its polycarbonate walls. Among its victims were a surfboard, 10,000 golf balls, and some normal-size blenders.

Destroying Things with Giant Spikes

Destroying Things with Giant Spikes

The guys from How Ridiculous are always thinking of new ways to break stuff. Their latest method: drop stuff from a 150-foot tall tower and a crane onto sharpened metal spikes. After a few misses, they managed to poke holes in a steel and concrete safe and a junkyard convertible.

Overpowering Electric Toys: Volume 2

Overpowering Electric Toys: Volume 2

Not long ago, Aboringday entertained us by sending too much voltage through some electromechanical toys. If that didn’t satisfy your appetite for destruction, he’s back to subject another bunch of toys to more power than they were designed to handle. We still can’t decide whether to laugh or cry for the toys.

Smashing Panes of Glass

Smashing Panes of Glass

The guys from Australia’s How Ridiculous have made their careers out of destroying stuff. They certainly don’t disappoint in this video, as they test how many panes of glass are needed to variousty 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.

World’s Largest Kapla Tower Collapse

World’s Largest Kapla Tower Collapse

It took four days for a team of 18 builders to erect this massive wooden tower and under 45 seconds to knock it all down. The 82-foot-tall tower was designed and assembled from nearly 100,000 Kapla planks by KaplaBen and his build team, including domino queen Lily Hevesh.

Chopping Various Materials with a Giant Axe

Chopping Various Materials with a Giant Axe

How Ridiculous has the coolest destructive toys in the world, including a giant axe they use to chop things in half. In this clip, they dropped the axe on different materials to test their durability. While soft stuff like plastic and silicon cuts easily under its 2-ton weight, can it defeat a dense and strong metal like tungsten?

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