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Video: It takes The Slow Mo Guys a few attempts and false starts to hit the burning wick of a candle with an air gun. But when they actually do, it's damn impressive to see in slow motion, because it basically vaporises on impact and the candle's flame follows the bullet in a wonderful, fiery trail until it disappears.

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Video: Turns out, dropping a giant concrete block onto a car ends exactly like how you would imagine it would: The car gets completely obliterated and smashed to smithereens. Crash Zone pulled off this incredibly silly stunt and filmed it in slow motion so that you can see the damage in lovely, exacting detail. The concrete block pierces through the metal frame and sends shattered glass flying everywhere.

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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.

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Video: Sometimes slow motion is used to enhance action scenes. Other times it's done to convey love between two characters. There are even times when it's used to replicate using drugs. Or show off a superpower. Or show dread. Or capture someone's last moment. The point is, slow motion is used a lot in films, for many different reasons. Here's a breakdown showing how certain directors use slow motion in their movies.

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Before crashes could be simulated in a computer, aircraft builders would shoot chickens at planes to determine the damage from a mid-air bird strike. This rig, built at Aalborg University in Denmark, sort of does the same thing, but instead tests the damage a drone could inflict on a human.

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Video: Here's footage of an old bridge over the Washita River in Oklahoma being demolished with 272kg of explosives. Because of the super slow motion, you can see how and where the explosives were rigged to the bridge in order to take it down. Explosions: always a good way to go out.

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Video: Wow. Let's never ever be on this end of a gun barrel in real life, but seeing the slug shoot out from this homemade quad barrel shotgun is really, really impressive. The homemade weapon is pure insanity — like something only fit for a comic book villain — because its four shotgun barrels in one. Seeing it fire in slow motion is unreal. You can basically see the bullet dance in the air.

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Video: The internet would be a far less awesome place to waste valuable hours at work were it not for the The Slow Mo Guys turning the mundane into the amazing with their high-speed camera. By itself a clump of burning steel wool is only mildly interesting, but at 1000 frames per second, it's better than a fireworks extravaganza.