Video: What do you do if hungry raccoons are tearing your garbage to shreds every night? You can put locks on your cans, or if you're YouTube's The Backyard Scientist, you build a gigantic mouse trap with a spring-powered, coconut-smashing arm that reaches speeds of 68km/h.
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Video: Inside nearly everything made of concrete, you'll find reinforced steel rods that compress the material, making buildings, bridges and other structures even stronger. The rods aren't designed to break easily, but when they do, the best way to watch the destructive results is through the lens of a slow-motion camera.
Video: Remember your high school DT teacher's non-stop litany about safety? Here's a real-life example of why you shouldn't goof off with power tools. Taking a break from smooshing stuff, the folks behind those hydraulic press videos attached a bicycle brake to a lathe to see if they could bring it to a grinding stop. Nope.
Video: The Slow Mo Guys have channelled their inner 10-year-olds for their latest high-speed experiment that involves crashing a LEGO airliner into a miniature city built of plastic bricks. It's something we all probably did as kids at one time or another, but the results are far more satisfying when filmed at 2500 frames per second. And in this instance, cleaning up after all the destruction is actually easier.
Video: The best science always involves explosions and destruction, and we probably would have paid closer attention to our teachers in primary school if they did experiments like this. While it's probably easy to guess what happens when a bowling ball is dropped on an axe head from 45m, the slo-mo results are still far more entertaining than reading a science textbook.
There are more than a few childhood rhymes that involve the destruction of a school; it's a fantasy that most kids have every time recess comes to an end. So, naturally, someone has made a game that lets kids take a miniature wrecking ball to a school they just built.
There are few materials in the world stronger or more resilient or tougher than that indestructible Nokia cell phone that everyone had at one point in their life. You could run it over with a tank or drop it off the Empire State building or chuck it across a parking lot into a burning building and it would still work. What can destroy it though? The red hot nickel ball.
Video: Magnets are one of the few things that make life more interesting. Just feeling its attraction to each other or seeing it connect together is always fun. Don't trust me? Watch these two super strong neodymium magnets try and destroy things like an apple, a juice box, an iPhone and more and try not to enjoy yourself.
When a new gadget thing comes out that make people fetish after and drop hundreds of dollar bills on and caress in their hands like a puppy, the internet responds by destroying said gadget thing in the most ridiculous way possible. It's destruction shock porn and silly and overdone now but smashing dreams is never not fun to watch.
Ever wondered what machinery smartphone firms use to test out those shiny handsets they keep shifting by the truckload? I have. Well, they spend a full six months of the phone's now-year-long pre-release life just checking if they're fit for purpose, so that's got to be some pretty interesting, exhaustive probing and pummelling.
The industrial design of the iPhone 6 is close to flawless... except for one flaw so weird, so major, that it's maddening: The fact that the camera protrudes from the body of the phone, meaning it never lies completely flat and gets caught on all kinds of stuff. The perfectionists at PeripateticPandas have a solution, and it involves industrial machinery.
Remember General Electric's incredible cadre of machines that exist solely to destroy things? Well, they have been using them to destroy things like teapots and baseballs and watches just for fun — and the resulting videos are amazing.