THE BEST Destruction

Popping Nested Balloons in Slow-Mo

Popping Nested Balloons in Slow-Mo

The guys from The King of Random teamed up with Todd Robins from Kuma Films to capture slow-motion video footage of what happens when you burst a bunch of balloons that have been inflated inside of each other. It took an 11,000 fps camera to really show off the split-second explosions.

Launching a Car with Dynamite

Launching a Car with Dynamite

The guys from the Hydraulic Press Channel and Beyond the Press Channel keep their promise for bigger and more impressive videos by attempting to launch a crappy car into the sky using more than 150 pounds of dynamite. At the same time, they kicked off the first mission of the unofficial Finnish space program.

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The Flattenator 5,000,000

The Flattenator 5,000,000

The guys from the Hydraulic Press Channel got their hands on a new machine for their workshop. It uses a pair of conveyor belts and a set of powerful rollers to flatten objects. They’re still working out the kinks, but it clearly has destructive potential. It’s also one of the more satisfying ways to pop large bubble wrap.

Pre-CGI City Destruction

Pre-CGI City Destruction

These days, if you want to destroy a city in a movie, you do it all with computer graphics. But back in the day, it was done with practical effects and miniatures. Check out this footage from the 1933 disaster movie Deluge, in which models of countless New York City buildings are demolished by a massive tidal wave.

Airplane vs. Trampoline

Airplane vs. Trampoline

(Loud) In what might be the dumbest stunt yet from the guys at How Ridiculous, they winched an old single-engine airplane to the top of a tower and dropped it nearly 150 feet onto the world’s strongest trampoline. You can sit through 14+ minutes of shouting and smaller drops, or just skip to the money shot.

Melting Aluminum Wheels

Melting Aluminum Wheels

In a scene that plays out like the end of Terminator 2, watch as these disused aluminum car rims are melted down in a hot furnace, so they can be reincarnated into other products. We kept waiting for some screaming heads to start bursting out of the molten metal.

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.

Exploding a Tire Under Ice

Exploding a Tire Under Ice

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.

Car vs. Trampoline

Car vs. Trampoline

Mark Rober typically uses his engineering skills to solve complex problems or to exact justice, but this time, he’s just having a good time making a mess. He teamed up with the guys from How Ridiculous to see what would happen when you drop a car onto the world’s strongest trampoline. Check out the aussies’ video here.

Balloon Mayhem

Balloon Mayhem

Perhaps it’s some deep-seated childhood disappointment, but there’s something about the sound of balloons popping that sets us on edge. But that’s all you’re gonna get in this video from performance artist Jan Hakon Erichsen, as he uses a variety of knife rigs to shamelessly destroy a bunch of the party inflatables.

Hydraulic Press Top 100

Hydraulic Press Top 100

Over the years, the Hydraulic Press Channel has smushed all kinds of stuff in their powerful industrial machines. Rather than having to dig through their YouTube channel for all of the best bits, they’ve compiled their favorite moments of destruction into one video. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the carnage.

Destroying a Wooden Coliseum

Destroying a Wooden Coliseum

Model builder Crouzier Benjamin is back with another amazing work of wooden architecture. This time, he and two friends painstakingly arranged 22,000 Kapla planks to create a massive coliseum and an accompanying tower. Then in seconds, it all came tumbling down – on purpose.

Machine Dismantles a Car

Machine Dismantles a Car

Once a car is no longer drivable, it heads to the junk yard. But before it ends up on the scrap heap, machines like the Powerhand VRS are used to rip apart the car to separate materials, maximizing recyclability of components. It looks like a great way to work out aggression too.

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Which is The Strongest Shape?

Which is The Strongest Shape?

The Hydraulic Press Channel took a momentary break from just smushing things for fun, and instead performed a bit of a physics experiment. By creating multiple 3D printed objects of the same weight and mass, but just different shapes, they were able to evaluate which shapes were the strongest of the bunch.

World’s Fastest Press Explosions

World’s Fastest Press Explosions

The Hydraulic Press Channel took advantage of the brief daylight in Finland to step outside of their workshop and play with another toy, lovingly known as the Smashinator 5,000,000. This pneumatic press is much faster than the one they typically use, and it makes quite the mess when it makes things explode.

GMC CarbonPro vs. Hurricane

GMC CarbonPro vs. Hurricane

GMC’s 2020 Sierra pickup trucks offer an innovative bed made from a carbon fiber reinforced polymer. This makes them extremely durable and impervious to about everything. To prove this, they compared ordinary beds to theirs by flinging objects at them in hurricane-force winds. Suffice it to say, the CarbonPro won hands down.

Satisfying Plank Collapse

Satisfying Plank Collapse

Hobbyist Crouzier Benjamin loves to build complex structures using thousands of Kapla wooden planks. For this build, he took about 2 weeks assembling 20,000 of the beams, then watched it all fall in about 30 seconds. Check out his YouTube playlist for lots of other fun architectural collapses.

Destroying Rainbow Books

Destroying Rainbow Books

What you’re looking at might look like some kind of digitally-created imagery, but artist Rus Khasanov’s fascinating rainbow gradients were actually created by subjecting old CDs and DVDs to a variety of torture, and capturing the destruction under a macro lens. More here.

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.

Destroying Wacker Drive

Destroying Wacker Drive

The area along Wacker Drive near State Street is one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant and iconic locales. Perhaps that’s why Hollywood loves to destroy it over and over again. The A.V. Club looks at some of the many movies which made a mess of the place.

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Which Metal Is Strongest?

Which Metal Is Strongest?

Between steel, aluminum, copper, and brass, which one is strongest? The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel decided to put each one to the test on their 150-ton press, with some pretty explosive results. We wonder what titanium or tungsten would do under the same forces.

Slow-Mo Magnet Smashes

Slow-Mo Magnet Smashes

Magnets and destruction. What’s not to like? Magnetic Games rigged up a variety of fragile panels in front of a powerful neodymium magnet, then launched a steel sphere in its direction, and captured the smashy goodness in slow motion. Don’t try this at home without proper eye and face protection.

Unmelting Things

Unmelting Things

The folks from Let’s Melt This undo some of the wanton destruction they’ve shared over the years by playing back a series of their clips in reverse. We’re still partial to the jawbreaker. Also, who knew you could melt a sock?

Hydraulic Press Paper Explosions

Hydraulic Press Paper Explosions

We already know that stacked paper is one of the most explosive things you can put under a hydraulic press. Now, let’s find out what kind of paper makes the biggest boom, as HPC tests paperback books, playing cards, paper pulp, and more under the pressure of their 144-ton press.

Melting the Wicked Witch

Melting the Wicked Witch

Sculptor Steven Richter has a thing for melting his wax creations after he builds them. This time out, he decided to craft a bust of the Wicked Witch of the West out of crayons, then hit it with a heat gun to put the old bag out of her misery.

How Strong Are Bricks?

How Strong Are Bricks?

The Hydraulic Press Channel previously tested the strength of LEGO bricks. Now they’re here to do the same, but with the actual construction material used to hold up real world structures. Both red solid clay bricks and concrete blocks are able to withstand an extreme amount of pressure before failing spectacularly.

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