Awesome Destruction

Hydraulic Press vs. Christmas

Hydraulic Press vs. Christmas

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.

Smashing Things with a 3-Ton Hammer

Smashing Things with a 3-Ton Hammer

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.

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LEGO Mashing Machine

LEGO Mashing Machine

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.

World’s Strongest Nutcracker

World’s Strongest Nutcracker

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.

Hot Dog vs. Acid

Hot Dog vs. Acid

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.

Popping Giant Balloons

Popping Giant Balloons

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.

Supersonic Baseball Physics

Supersonic Baseball Physics

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.

Hydraulic Press vs. Tools

Hydraulic Press vs. Tools

The Hydraulic Press Channel keeps things simple this time around, with a series of crushes pitting their 150-ton press against various hand and power tools. Even something as innocuous as a tape measure results in a pretty impressive explosion.

Smashing Panes of Glass

Smashing Panes of Glass

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.

Slow-Mo Water Balloon Nukes

Slow-Mo Water Balloon Nukes

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.

Launching More Stuff from an Air Blob

Launching More Stuff from an Air Blob

How Ridiculous is back to dropping water-filled weights onto a giant inflatable blob to see how high they can launch things. Among the items they launched from it this time are a disco ball, a couch, a TV, and a pair of jet skis.

Broken Plate Vending Machine

Broken Plate Vending Machine

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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