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Gallium vs. Aluminum

Gallium vs. Aluminum

Over the years, YouTuber NurdRage has demonstrated how pouring liquid gallium onto aluminum can cause catastrophic failure of the normally durable, lightweight metal. Watch as the stuff causes a heat sink, sheet metal, and even a baseball bat lose its strength.

Rocket Sled Knife

Rocket Sled Knife

Fans of Mythbusters will immediately recall the havoc they wreaked whenever they placed objects at the end of New Mexico Tech’s rocket sled track. The Backyard Scientist decided to build his own miniature version and loaded it up with a knife, slicing various things in twain.

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Combustion Tube vs. iMac

Combustion Tube vs. iMac

The Slow Mo Guys went to Purdue University to see the school’s combustion tube – a device used to measure the speed of flames and explosions – obliterate an old iMac with one hell of a push. That lightning quick flame was uh, fire.

Red Hot Hydraulic Press

Red Hot Hydraulic Press

(PG-13: Language) The Hydraulic Press Channel steps things up, as they augment their mighty crusher with a red hot metal press tool, so objects aren’t merely flattened, but ignited or melted as they meet their makers. Watch the thermal camera footage here.

Ultimate Car Brake Test

Ultimate Car Brake Test

(PG-13: Language) The husband and wife team behind the Hydraulic Press Channel have branched out to take on more destruction porn of the non-hydraulic kind. Here they are going ham on one of their beat up Fiesta’s brake discs. Skip to 4:16 for the climax.

Slow-Mo Guys x Hydraulic Press

Slow-Mo Guys x Hydraulic Press

Ever since the Hydraulic Press Channel broke big, people have been clamoring for a Slow-Mo Guys collab. While that has yet to happen, Gav and Dan headed to a machine shop with their high-speed camera and exploded a deck of playing cards at 28,500 fps.

Hydraulic Press: Thermal Camera Edition

Hydraulic Press: Thermal Camera Edition

A different view of objects being subjected to the mighty hydraulic press. This time, the steel crushing victims aren’t what’s special, but the FLIR thermal camera that captured the heat energy being released as they are flattened like pancakes.

Hydraulic Press vs. Data

Hydraulic Press vs. Data

The Hydraulic Press Channel teamed up with tech company F-Secure to demonstrate how to permanently erase the data on various devices – by crushing them to smithereens. While it’s likely to thwart most data thieves, it isn’t an effective method for compressing data.

Hydraulic Press vs. Flammable Stuff

Hydraulic Press vs. Flammable Stuff

(PG-13: Language) While the mighty hydraulic press is no match for these matches and lighters, its operator Lauri Vuohensilta is a mere mortal, and might want to stand behind the blast shield next time he plays with explosives. Now this is how you do a sponsored post.

Shin Godzilla Destruction Reel

Shin Godzilla Destruction Reel

We had high hopes for Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla, but it had far too little destruction for a Kaiju flick. Japan’s Shin Godzilla makes up for that in spades, as is clear from this VFX reel from Shirogumi and StealthWorks, set to a soothing ambient soundtrack.

Hydraulic Press vs. Playing Cards

Hydraulic Press vs. Playing Cards

“Welcome to the Hydraulic Press Channel. Today we have stupid things for our press.” Well at least they’re self-aware. The destroyers of all things toss a bunch of random stuff under their mighty crusher, the most spectacular of which ends up being a simple deck of cards.

How Not to Clean Your Desk

How Not to Clean Your Desk

(PG-13: Language) “It won’t go through. It’s not gonna go through.” Rooster Teeth’s Jeremy Dooley wanted to axe-kick Gavin Free’s cluttered office desk. Gavin let him do it. You can guess what happens next. This should’ve been a Slow Mo Guys crossover.

The Spider Incinerator

The Spider Incinerator

Despite their name, they guys at Danger First are creeped out by spiders. But rather than buy a can of Raid, they made a deadly hairspray-powered flamethrower, designed to enact the idiom “kill it with fire” in real life. No actual spiders were harmed in the making of the video.

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Steamroller vs. Golf Balls

Steamroller vs. Golf Balls

YouTube channel Crush doesn’t have a hydraulic press, but they do have an 8-ton steamroller. Here, they see what happens (or doesn’t) when you run over golf balls with it. After seeing how golf ball dimples improve aerodynamics too, why aren’t cars made from this stuff?

Hydraulic Press vs. Car Spring

Hydraulic Press vs. Car Spring

(PG-13: Language) Automotive springs are designed to absorb large amounts of shock, along with the substantial weight of the vehicles riding on them. But can one withstand the force of the mighty hydraulic press? Tune in and find out.

Hammer vs. Mirror

Hammer vs. Mirror

The Slow Mo Guys crank their high speed camera all the way up to 120,000 fps to capture the precise moment of impact between a flying hammer and a mirror, which creates a shockwave which is virtually indiscernible at slower frame rates.

World’s Fastest Shopping Cart

World’s Fastest Shopping Cart

If you need something crash or safety tested in Switzerland, you send it to the Dynamic Test Center. In this video, they decided to load up a shopping cart with groceries, then first run it into a car at 11 mph, then really amp things up by smashing it into a wall at more than 73 mph.

Hydraulic Press vs. Carbon Fiber

Hydraulic Press vs. Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber is used in auto racing and aerospace industries because of its strength and lightweight properties. But can this stuff that’s basically made from woven material and resin stand up to the mighty hydraulic press? Tune in and find out.

Disc Brake vs. Lathe

Disc Brake vs. Lathe

“Only one will survive.” Beyond the Press channel attached some bicycle disc brakes to their powerful shop lathe, then cranked up the speed. Not only did the brakes do nothing to slow down the motor, the second one failed rather spectactularly by the end.

LEGO Plane Crash Slo-Mo

LEGO Plane Crash Slo-Mo

The Slo Mo Guys turn their attention to a kind of destruction that isn’t permanent, this time building a jumbo jet out of LEGO then smashing it in front of their high-speed camera. The devastation was impressive, but the only real consequence was picking up all those bricks.

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Bowling Balls vs. Axe Blade

Bowling Balls vs. Axe Blade

After proving a golf ball could be split on the edge of an axe blade, How Ridiculous decided to step things up, as they attempted to do the same by dropping bowling balls from a great height to achieve a similar, if not quite as precise split, accompanied by a satisfying thud.

Windmill Smoke Spirals

Windmill Smoke Spirals

While we have no idea why two of these these large wind turbines in India burst into flames, but one of them ended up producing an accidental spectacle, as its blade spun at crazy speeds and created a giant spiral of black smoke before eventually giving in.

BattleBots: Hypershock vs. Warrior Clan

BattleBots: Hypershock vs. Warrior Clan

BattleBots recently featured a showdown between front-spinner bot Hypershock and orbital spinner Warrior Clan. The highlight of the match was the last minute addition of a garden rake which Hypershock used to swat Warrior Clan’s companion drone from the sky.

Steel Chain vs. Electricity

Steel Chain vs. Electricity

The power-mad minds at PhotonicInduction decided to see what would happen if they attached a length of steel chain to some high-current transformers. At first, all they were able to muster was a few sparks, but with a higher output power source, it glowed bright orange.

Shopping Cart Weight Test

Shopping Cart Weight Test

(PG-13: Language) After bending some steel for us, the Beyond the Press channel takes an old shopping cart they bought at a junkyard and loaded it with way more weight than even a Supermarket Sweep contestant would subject it too. The finding: they’re surprisingly durable.

Exploding Glass in Slow-mo

Exploding Glass in Slow-mo

Many of us use Pyrex glassware in our kitchens. The stuff is great, but physics make the stuff incredibly dangerous should it experience a dramatic temperature change. Gav and Dan show us what happens when the glass explodes, at speeds up to 343,900 fps.

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