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.
THE BEST Destruction
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.
(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.
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.
“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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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