Awesome Destruction

House of Doors

House of Doors

Germany’s The Real Life Guys built what they’re calling “the world’s largest house of cards,” when in fact, what they built was a very tall house entirely out of doors. Naturally, they had to knock all their hard work down by driving a car through it. Turn subtitles on.

Killer Wrecking Ball Drops

Killer Wrecking Ball Drops

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.

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Tennis Balls vs. Razor Racket

Tennis Balls vs. Razor Racket

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.

Testing an Unbreakable Box

Testing an Unbreakable Box

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.

Ultra-Slow-Motion Wine Glass Shatter

Ultra-Slow-Motion Wine Glass Shatter

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.

Dropping Stuff onto a Giant Exercise Ball

Dropping Stuff onto a Giant Exercise Ball

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.

Burning Up a Satellite

Burning Up a Satellite

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.

Smashing Stuff with a Giant Golf Club

Smashing Stuff with a Giant Golf Club

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.

Launching Stuff from an Air Blob

Launching Stuff from an Air Blob

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.

How Strong Is Money?

How Strong Is Money?

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.

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.

Making a Meteor Diorama

Making a Meteor Diorama

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.

Shattering Glass in Super Slow-Mo

Shattering Glass in Super Slow-Mo

Unless you have a beater you don’t care about, we don’t recommend tossing a spark plug at your car window. Instead, we suggest watching The Slow Mo Guys video, in which Gav smashes sheets of tempered glass and captures the breakage at speeds up to 800,000 frames per second.

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Hand Grenade vs. Steel Box

Hand Grenade vs. Steel Box

The guys from the Beyond the Press channel teamed up with the fabrication experts at Speweld to create a cube out of 2″ thick steel, then took it to a safe place to see what would happen if they set off a homemade grenade inside of it. We’re incredibly impressed by construction of the steel box.

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.

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.

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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.

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