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Microwaving CDs in Super Slow Motion

Microwaving CDs in Super Slow Motion

We don’t recommend trying this at home, but if you pop a compact disc into a microwave oven and turn it on, it’ll put on a brief but spectacular light show. The Slow Mo Guys rigged up a macro probe lens and their high-speed cameras to capture the miniature electrical storm in amazing detail. Then they scrambled some eggs.

Exploding a Laserdisc in Slow Motion

Exploding a Laserdisc in Slow Motion

If you spin a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc fast enough, it will eventually shatter and send shrapnel flying. Laserdiscs were made similarly, only bigger, so they also catastrophically fail at high speeds. The Slow Mo Guys pointed their high-speed camera at the carnage to give us a detailed look at how the discs come apart.

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Slow-Motion Explosion Collisions

Slow-Motion Explosion Collisions

The Slow Mo Guys, Gav and Dan, stopped by the Colorado School of Mines to observe what happens when you fire two identically shaped charges into each other. Their high-speed cameras captured the 15,000 MPH collision in slow motion for us to enjoy. It was really tough to keep the exposure from blowing out because of the intensity of the fireball.

Bowling Ball Cannon vs. Bulletproof Glass

Bowling Ball Cannon vs. Bulletproof Glass

When The Slow Mo Guys and How Ridiculous got together, they didn’t just crush some heads. After all, if you’ve got a cannon that fires bowling balls at 500 MPH, you want to destroy all the things. With the help of the cannon’s maker, BealsScience, they tested the strength of bulletproof glass and polycarbonate along with a fiberglass-lined safety door.

Firing a Bowling Ball Cannon in Slow-Motion

Firing a Bowling Ball Cannon in Slow-Motion

Gav and Dan of The Slow Mo Guys met up with Brett and Scott from How Ridiculous to see what kind of damage a bowling ball cannon can do. Their subject: ballistic gel heads filled with fake skulls. For something a little less gruesome, enjoy some bowling balls vs. trampolines.

Exploding Gold in a Vacuum Chamber

Exploding Gold in a Vacuum Chamber

If you’ve ever handled gold leaf, you know how fragile the thin metal sheets are. The Slow Mo Guys used this to their advantage by placing gold leaf inside a jar, removing all the air, and then letting air back in to make it shatter into tiny particles. Naturally, they captured the explosive decompression with a high-speed camera at 80,000 fps.

Bullets vs. Steel in Super Slow-Motion

Bullets vs. Steel in Super Slow-Motion

More than a decade ago, a grainy black-and-white video turned up of a bullet hitting steel at 1 million FPS. The Slow-Mo Guys were inspired to replicate the experiment using a modern Phantom TMX 7510 camera. While Gav and Dan’s footage is “only” 800,000 FPS, they did capture full-color shots at 400,000 FPS. The explosions looks like tiny fireworks.

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Exploding Popcorn in Slow-Mo

Exploding Popcorn in Slow-Mo

Popcorn: there aren’t any other foods we can think of which must explode to be enjoyed. This high-speed footage from The Slow Mo Guys is almost as tasty as a bucket of the buttery stuff is. They used a dangerous-looking popcorn pressure cooker to get a bunch of kernels to pop simultaneously, then fired up some puffed rice.

Can an Explosion Change the Path of a Bullet?

Can an Explosion Change the Path of a Bullet?

If you set off an explosion next to a bullet, would the shockwaves affect its path? That’s the question that The Slow Mo Guys and the Colorado School of Mines sought to answer in this fascinating experiment. It took several tries to get the timing right between the explosion and the passing bullet, but it gave them an excuse for more explosions.

Tattoo Gun Macro Slow-Mo

Tattoo Gun Macro Slow-Mo

Inspired by Smarter Every Day’s slow-motion tattoo video, The Slow Mo Guys wanted to get an even more detailed view of what’s going on when a tattoo gun lays down its ink. With the help of their Laowa probe lenses, they captured some incredible macro footage of ink being injected into a sliver of ballistic gel, which they used as an analog for human flesh.

Hitting Molten Steel in Super Slow-Motion

Hitting Molten Steel in Super Slow-Motion

Hitting molten metal with a bat seems like a bad idea. But The Slow Mo Guys are happy to take that risk if it entertains viewers. After melting some nails into a crucible, they tossed the liquid steel into the air, whacked it with a cricket bat, and captured the fiery spectacle at 10,000 FPS. Watch in 4K if you can.

G-Forces in Super Slow-motion

G-Forces in Super Slow-motion

Gav and Dan, aka The Slow Mo Guys, wanted to see how G-forces affect a human face. Since they didn’t have a fighter jet or a centrifuge lying around, they did the next best thing. Dan jumped on a trampoline while holding a pricey high-speed camera. The expressions on Dan’s face in mid-flight are priceless.

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Elephant Rifle vs. Ballistic Gel in Slow Motion

Elephant Rifle vs. Ballistic Gel in Slow Motion

The Slow Mo Guys were joined by Scott from Kentucky Ballistics to test how destructive a .577 Tyrannosaur rifle cartridge is by firing it at close range into thick blocks of ballistic gel. It’s amazing (and terrifying) to see how the bullets deform the gel and the destructive forces at work. No wonder they say these things can stop an elephant.

Magnet Collisions in Slow-Motion

Magnet Collisions in Slow-Motion

You might think magnets aren’t particularly scary. But once you get a look at the attractive forces between two strong neodymium magnets, you’ll have a new respect for magnetic fields. The Slow Mo Guys show us how energetic they can be, capturing magnetic collisions at up to 187,500 FPS. You definitely wouldn’t want your hand in between those.

Diving Face-First Into a Water Balloon

Diving Face-First Into a Water Balloon

It’s a June tradition for The Slow Mo Guys to perform stupid antics with a giant water balloon. This time, Dan dove face-first into the thing as Gav captured slow-motion footage of his crash landings. Not only did he shoot from the outside of the balloon, but he also got the camera’s skinny probe lens inside of it for some shots.

Firing Blanks in Slow-Motion

Firing Blanks in Slow-Motion

Ammunition blanks are often used in stunt work and military practice exercises. While they don’t fire the same metal projectile as a regular bullet, they can cause serious damage at close range. The Slow Mo Guys shot footage of blanks being fired at various objects, revealing incredible details at speeds up to 82,000 fps.

Exploding Guns in Slow Motion

Exploding Guns in Slow Motion

We know that firearms can be dangerous – especially if they malfunction or are mishandled. The Slow Mo Guys got together with Scott from Kentucky Ballistics to witness a worst-case scenario. Loading the wrong ammo into an already jammed gun doesn’t ordinarily happen, but the consequences can be explosive.

Skimming Bullets Across Water in Slow-Motion

Skimming Bullets Across Water in Slow-Motion

Thanks to surface tension, it’s possible to skim a bullet across the water like a skipping stone. The Slow-Mo Guys set up an experiment to bounce bullets across an aquarium and captured some amazing 82,000fps footage of the splashes. They also figured out how to bounce bullets off of glass without shattering it.

World’s Smallest Fire Extinguisher in Slow Motion

World’s Smallest Fire Extinguisher in Slow Motion

What you’re looking at is a tiny fire extinguisher called an E-Bulb. Designed to work in small, enclosed spaces, it can be installed inside electronics to prevent a fire from spreading. It works like a fuse and can stop the flow of electricity as well. The Slow Mo Guys captured footage of the invention at speeds up to 150,000 fps.

Playing Pool at 400 MPH

Playing Pool at 400 MPH

The most powerful pool breaks rarely exceed 30 mph. At least, that’s the case with human players. But The Slow Mo Guys tend to do things with a bit more impact. So they got their hands on a special canon that’s exactly the right size to launch a pool ball. Once they dialed in their aim, they recorded the carnage at 80,000 FPS.

Capturing Electrical Arcs in Slow-Motion

Capturing Electrical Arcs in Slow-Motion

Mehdi Sadaghdar from ElectroBOOM has made a career out of playing with electricity. He teamed up with Gav and Dan of The Slow Mo Guys to shoot some high-voltage sparks from his tesla coil and Marx generator. They managed to capture some incredible shots at speeds up to 1,750,000 frames per second. Here’s Mehdi’s video.

Rainbow Trampoline

Rainbow Trampoline

The Slow Mo Guys have a tendency to get messy making their videos, but this time they’ve outdone themselves. After seeing other slow-motion videos with powders bounced off of a tennis racket, they super-sized the idea by covering a trampoline with colorful paint pigments – then Dan took a flying leap into it.

Firing a Bullet with a Tiny Bullet

Firing a Bullet with a Tiny Bullet

The Slow Mo Guys offer up a brief lesson on how bullets work, then show us what happens when you fire a projectile from a tiny pinfire gun at the primer from a normal-sized bullet. It’s fascinating to see how a bullet behaves when it doesn’t have a gun to contain it.

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