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If a looming helium shortage isn't enough to dissuade you from getting balloons for your next birthday party, consider the consequences if they escape from their ribbon moorings and end up brushing against some high-voltage power lines. You might be safer decorating for your kid's party with hand grenades.
Video: When thing go wrong underground, we're often reminded that the Earth is nothing but a big ball of hot rocks, covered in a delicate skin of smaller, slightly cooler rocks. That became clear on Monday, when an underground water pipe exploded in Kiev, Ukraine. It actually looked kinda hilarious.
Video: Unlike a battery, which stores power as chemical energy that's slowly and steadily discharged to keep your gadgets running, a capacitor can unload all of its juice in the blink of an eye. Even a small capacitor has the potential to stop your heart, but when it's the size of a dishwasher, well, this watermelon demonstrates exactly how destructive it can be.
Video: This particular engine we're looking at has four strokes: The intake, the compression, the combustion (or power) and the exhaust. Smarter Every Day visited the guys of 805 Road King and their transparent engine to show us exactly what's going on in an engine when we fire it up. It's pretty fascinating stuff.
Universal has bought Michael Bay's new future dystopia project Little America. The movie is apparently set the near-future where a Trump-like president has bankrupted the country, China has called in its debts, and Americans are migrating to China looking for work. It's also being described as "sci-fun." I have some questions.
Well, why the hell not. The Slow Mo Guys put an old iMac in front of a combustion tube that fires out blasts at 1,800 meters a second (that's, uh, over 6,437km per hour) and holy smokes that thing gets smashed to bits. The combustion tube is meant to test flame acceleration and deflagration to detonation transition, which, sure, but it's also fantastic to blow things up with.
There's an infinite number of ways the internet has improved our lives, but at the top of the list is the fact we all have easy access to videos of things getting crushed by a hydraulic press. And what better way is there to celebrate the holidays than by crushing a mountain of glitter and a CO2 cartridge? Can you think of a faster way to deck the halls?
Over 60 people have been injured after an explosion occurred at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, Mexico, a city north of Mexico City. The blast is especially terrifying because the thick smoke plume covers the entire market while fireworks were still catching fire and going off in every direction. Nearby homes were also damaged in the explosions and the scene remains dangerous, according to National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente.
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.
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.