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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 the Hydraulic Press Channel 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.

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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.

LEGO vs Wormmaker 15,000,000

LEGO vs Wormmaker 15,000,000

We’ve seen some pretty wild and messy things subjected to the world’s most popular hydraulic press. This time, they took their special noodle making tool, and transformed LEGO bricks into colorful worms. We’re thinking this would be a good way to take care of the random blocks your kids left on the floor for you to step on.

Shattering CDs in Bullet Time

Shattering CDs in Bullet Time

(PG-13: Language) It’s common knowledge that spinning a CD too fast can cause it to fail spectacularly and shatter into thousands of shards. The guys from the Beyond the Press channel captured the deadly carnage in front of their $400,000, 72-camera Chronos bullet time rig.

Bullet Time Playing Card Explosions

Bullet Time Playing Card Explosions

We know that crushing and cutting playing cards with a hydraulic press can be quite spectacular. Now, witness the explosive dispersion of energy in the most impressive way yet, thanks to the guys at Kron Technologies, who helped put together a bullet time rig with 72 of their Chronos 1.4 high speed cameras.

LEGO Balls vs. Trampoline

LEGO Balls vs. Trampoline

The guys from How Ridiculous worked with LEGO to put together a bunch of colorful brick-built bowling balls, then dropped them from a tower onto a trampoline, culminating with a gigantic 66 pound ball, built from about 20,000 bricks. We wouldn’t want to have to clean up the mess they made, even with the tarps.

Destructible Environment Demo

Destructible Environment Demo

Game developer Dennis Gustafsson is working on a voxel-based engine that features incredible environmental destruction physics. While the video posted by Bluedrake42 is lacking in gameplay, to see how the world reacts to damage is one of the holy grails of gaming we’ve been promised and has yet to be delivered.

Splitting an Arrow in Slow-Mo

Splitting an Arrow in Slow-Mo

The Slow Mo Guys decided to steal a page from the guys at Corridor and used a katana to slice an arrow in half. But in their clip, they captured the feat in front of the lens of an ultra high-speed camera. We have no idea how Gav manages to connect with such ease.

Scrap Yard Machine Marvels

Scrap Yard Machine Marvels

Mr Machines compiled this footage of high-power demolition machinery as it rips apart industrial equipment for scrap. The part where it tears up the red truck like a dog with a chew toy is especially impressive, as is the bit where one cuts through steel beams like snapping twigs.

Hydraulic Press vs. Pots and Pans

Hydraulic Press vs. Pots and Pans

You’d think that pots and pans would be quite strong, but all who face the wrath of the mighty hydraulic press will eventually bend the knee to its crushing force. Watch as these everyday kitchen items from IKEA satisfyingly meet their maker. It was cool to see how the enamel from the pasta strainer flaked off.

Tiny Apocalypse Diorama

Tiny Apocalypse Diorama

David Damek of Plasmo shows off an impressive (and depressing) build – an incredibly detailed 1/72-scale diorama of an abandoned house inspired by the scenes of devastation around Pripyat, Ukraine after the Chernobyl disaster. The tractor is based on a kit, but David’s artistry really elevates it.

World’s Largest Firework Tank

World’s Largest Firework Tank

You know those fireworks that look like a tiny tank? Well builder Peter Sripol decided to celebrate the 4th of July (and 1 million subscribers) by building himself a gigantic replica of the thing. Naturally, his version makes a lot more fire. Plus, it was reusable – at least for a while.

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21,000 Domino Cube

21,000 Domino Cube

Domino fanatic DominoJOJO set out to break the record for the largest ever cube made out of the little plastic tiles, using more than 20,000 dominoes to create a Minecraft-inspired cube. First enjoy a brief time-lapse of the build, then watch it all come crashing down in seconds.

Matchstick Volcano

Matchstick Volcano

The S created his version of the old grade school volcano science experiment, but replaced the baking soda and vinegar with matchsticks and fire, resulting in a dangerous and spectacular fireball. It goes without saying, but don’t try this at home.

Surviving the Apocalypse

Surviving the Apocalypse

To fulfill his sponsorship duties for Amazon’s Good Omens, Buttered Side Down takes on his biggest challenge yet – living through the end of the world. Along the way, he’s attacked by a rabid racoon, fish fall from the heavens, and his neighborhood catches fire.

90,000 Match Chain Reaction

90,000 Match Chain Reaction

Offering up 18 times the blaze of this fiery experiment, the guys from Awesome Universe filled a tray with 90,000 individual matches, then set the whole mess on fire. They could have at least roasted some marshmallows over it before it burned out.

Destroying Weird Stress Balls

Destroying Weird Stress Balls

The guys at novelty shop Vat19 do their best job to channel The Slow Mo Guys. They filled oversized stress balls with various stuff, demolished them, and captured the carnage in slow motion. They just need to rent a Phantom camera next time.

Lighting a Match Cannon

Lighting a Match Cannon

“Caution! Do not try it in the house.” The warning message from YouTuber The S is quite the understatement, as he shows us just what happens when you build a cannon entirely out of matches, fill its chamber with thousands of match heads, then light its fuse.

A Backdraft in Slow Motion

A Backdraft in Slow Motion
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One of the worst things that a firefighter can encounter is a backdraft – which happens when a fire has almost exhausted all oxygen, and then a door or window is opened, causing a violent explosion. The Slow Mo Guys captured 4K footage of this terrifying phenomenon.

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Firing a Tank in Slow Motion

Firing a Tank in Slow Motion

On this episode of Planet Slow Mo, The Slow Mo Guys headed to a range in Texas to check out some WWII-era Sherman tanks, and a D-20 Howitzer artillery gun, and captured them firing projectiles in glorious detail in front of their high-speed camera.

Melting a Jawbreaker

Melting a Jawbreaker

Wanton destruction of candy is a crying shame, but there’s just something so satisfying about watching the layers of this jumbo jawbreaker being melted away into a pile of goo by a 1900ºF heat gun. Let’s Melt This‘ video was sped up by about 3x for effect.

Melty Metal Minifigs

Melty Metal Minifigs

DaveHax shows us how to use silicone LEGO molds to create replicas of minifigs and other bricks using gallium, a very soft metal which is solid at room temperature, but turns back to liquid at about 30ºC (86ºF). He needs to mold a T-1000 figure from Terminator 2.

This Motherf’er

This Motherf’er

(PG-13: Language) While walking down the street one morning, Ed Lawson spotted the aftermath of what appears to have been a very intoxicated driver side-swiping parked cars. But this clip is far less about the destruction and more about Lawson’s genius commentary.

Disco Inferno

Disco Inferno

Burn, baby, burn. The guys from What’s Inside usually like to just cut things apart for their series. But this time, they teamed up with a Hollywood explosives expert to blow up a mirror-covered disco ball, Death Star style. We think they should have filled it with paint first.

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Tubes

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Tubes

One of the practical uses of a hydraulic press is to flatten out metal, so there’s no question about who will win in this battle. But watching long tubes of steel deforming under pressure is still wonderfully satisfying. They should start selling the results as sculptures.

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