(PG-13: Language) The Hydraulic Press Channel presents a satisfying video featuring their latest industrial press tool – a metal container with holes perforated in its top, turning squishy stuff into worm shapes. For some reason, we’re reminded of the Play-Doh Fuzzy Pumper Barber Shop.
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.
With the help of stunt driver Kyle Weishaar, The Slow Mo Guys decided to replicate a common accident – a too-tall truck running into a too-short overpass, and captured all the carnage in gory slow motion detail. When the sheet metal hits at speed, it looks like rippling cloth.
Thanks to their new cutting blade aka the “Guillotine 5,000,000,” the Hydraulic Press Channel can now not only crush stuff, but cut it in half. Slicing sticky notes isn’t too thrilling, but the way it hacks through 10 decks of cards is the big payoff. And here we go…
For their latest experiment, The Slow Mo Guys perfectly lined up an axe with the barrel of a gun, and fired a bullet at it so we could see what it looks like slowed down. It’s cool, but it’s the custom two-way axe they built that produces truly satisfying results.
The Hydraulic Press Channel adds a new tool to their arsenal – a round press bit with a sharpened edge, turning their 150-ton hydraulic press into the world’s largest hole punch. Now we just need two more of these, a huge stack of paper, and a really big three-ring binder.
It must have taken Ben Ahles an ungodly amount of time to glue together 42,000 matches into a sphere, yet it took only seconds for the ball to burst into flames, and about a minute to come to rest as a blackened hull. Still, his efforts were well worth the visual payoff.
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever stand this close to the back of a jet engine, but if you ever do, it’s a really, really bad idea. The Hacksmith set up a human analog bust to show us the Raiders of the Lost Ark flesh melting that would happen if you got too close. Gooey bits at 9:45.
The Beyond the Press channel is always on the hunt for ways to destroy things that don’t involve using their famed hydraulic press. Here they punish a bunch of stuff with a pneumatic needle gun, a device that looks like a deep tissue massager for masochists.
An atypically short video from the Beyond the Press channel, but one that’s immensely satisfying. Watch as Lauri and Anni are joined by Neverthink.TV, who brought along their Phantom V2512 high speed camera, then blew up an old TV with det cord in front of its lens.
Frank Howarth isn’t just an expert at making things, he’s also proven his filmmaking chops. In this video, he created an elaborate and playful stop-motion short film of his kitchen demolition project – from removing the plates and dishes, to stripping the place bare.
David Windestal and his pals love to destroy stuff with their insane rocket sled. Recently, they went through the trouble of building a replica of the now-discontinued 3152 piece LEGO Super Star Destroyer, and launching it down the rail with spectacular results.
We’ve always heard that it’s important to keep your Christmas tree watered, as it’s a safety risk. If you had any doubt why, just watch this brief video from the NIST to see exactly why watering could save your life. A watered tree also drops fewer needles for you to step on.
Mike Boyd recently passed a milestone: 500,000 YouTube subscribers. To celebrate, he figured he’d learn how to lop off the top of a champagne bottle with a saber. It’s surprisingly easy to figure out, but you should still practice before trying it on expensive champagne.
The guys at Switzerland’s Dynamic Test Center perform crash testing on vehicles to help gauge and improve their safety. For the holidays, they gave their crash test dummies the day off and presented them with some toys to play with. Then they took them away and smashed them.
We have some of the world’s worst potholes here in Chicago. To see just what sort of torture such bad roads can subject your car to, Warped Perception took a stripped down Mercedes E-Class and watched how the suspension, tires, and other parts behave in 4K slow motion.
For as much as we enjoy the Hydraulic Press Channel, we always thought they could use a better slow-mo camera. This time, they got their hands on a Phantom V2512 high speed camera thanks to Neverthink.tv, and captured the explosive result of crushing a ball bearing.
David Windestal has been entertaining us for a while with his rocket knife-powered destructive antics for a while. This time he and his pals pulled out all the stops, with a nighttime run with LEDs, sparklers, spray paints, and an enormous fireball… all to create modern art.