Grant Thompson does silly stuff with science and when he received a request to flush sodium down a toilet he knew who to call — the man who flushed mercury down a toilet with a hypnotic swirl. All cleaned up, the mercury toilet meets its ultimate demise in a mushroom cloud of destruction.
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Video: Some fruits and vegetables blow up better than others. A pineapple? Looks fantastic because it sends shards everywhere. An onion? Hell yeah, the unravelling of layers is awesome. A cucumber explosion? Just OK because it gets blown to bits too quickly. Lemons are a little disappointing, too, because you'd expect a better shockwave reaction from the peel.
Yet another Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone has exploded in a public place — an airport, in fact! — in the wake of an official recall from US regulators last month. The latest incident of an exploding Note 7 phone happened during the boarding process of Southwest Flight 994 to Baltimore at Louisville International Airport on Wednesday. The worst part: it was a replacement Galaxy Note 7.
Video: When you blow up a quarry that's 20m high with 68 tonnes of explosives, you turn the rock wall into a tsunami wave that sends nearly 363,000 tonnes of rocks flying everywhere. The blast of the Bremanger Quarry in Norway looks great because it was carefully planned, with explosives planted in 454 blast holes made along the 384m long rock wall.
Video: Every year around July 4 (surprise, surprise) the US Consumer Product Safety Commission puts on a graphic demonstration of why you should be really careful when setting off fireworks. The video of the demo arrived late this year, but if you're a fan of horror movies, it was still totally worth the wait.
Video: Bigger is always better, but you can make anything even awesomer with the addition of fire. That's what Kevin Kohler, the Backyard Scientist, did with one of those vortex air cannon toys. He not only built one ten times larger, he also uses it to blast rings of propane gas towards an open flame to create spectacular flying rings of fire.
Video: Glass can explode, and seeing it happen in slow motion is damn incredible. The Slow Mo Guys pointed the Phantom V2511 high-speed camera at a Pyrex glass measuring cup that was heated with a torch and then doused in cold water to capture the exploding glass (something about the sudden temperature change isn't good with tempered glass) and you can see just how fast it blows up.
Video: Please don't ever do this at home. Or do this anywhere, really. Mixing bullets with molten aluminium creates a helluva explosion — but it sprays the hot liquid metal everywhere, and that's just a terrible idea. Plus, it's guaranteed to end in fire and blood. Instead, watch the Backyard Scientist do it.
Video: If you've ever built your own potato gun, you probably don't think twice about the explosions that launch the projectile — mostly because they're hidden within it.
Video: Not treating fireworks — AKA explosives — with the respect they deserve is one of the most dangerous thing you can do. So after a couple of pranksters in Phoenix, Arizona, thought it would be funny to start a chain reaction on a shelf full of fireworks in a Walmart, humanity has reached a new low.
Video: Watching a rocket blast into outer space is a remarkable experience. But watching a rocket engine strapped into a test facility release its explosive fury here on Earth is somehow even cooler. It gives you a better idea of the engines' power, and it's a better opportunity to hear their deafening roar.
Painting a wall is boring because it takes so much time and requires so much preparation to not get paint everywhere. But what if it could be exciting and done quickly and the point was to get paint everywhere? Like what if you blew up some paint buckets to see if the explosion of colours could paint a room?
Lead is a relatively soft metal, and the fact that it deforms is what makes lead bullets so deadly. It expands inside whatever it hits causing more damage to the surrounding area. But there are metals much softer than lead and their effects on contact are even more pronounced — so naturally someone made them into bullets.
Video: We know that mixing sodium with water causes awesome explosions. We know that skipping rocks across a lake is very probably one of the funnest things you can do outdoors. Next time, we're all bringing a pound of sodium to the lake so we can watch it explode over and over again as it skips its way across the lake. It's the simple things in life, you know.