Real-Life Superhero Holds an Explosion in his Bare Hands

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. But SmarterEveryDay’s Destin built his potato cannon out of clear plastic so when filmed with a high-speed camera at 20,000 frames per second, the explosions…

Setting a Walmart Fireworks Display on Fire Is a Spectacularly Stupid Thing to Do

Not treating fireworks—aka unlicensed 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.

Crank Your Speakers, Because This Rocket Test Is the Best Thing You'll Hear All Day

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.

Skipping a Pound of Sodium Across a Lake Is Way More Fun Than Skipping a Rock

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…

A Jagerbomb That Explodes When You Drop in the Shot Is a Much More Awesome Drink

Jagerbombs are awful and gross and taste like medicine and don’t really deserve to exist after you grow up. Explosions are awesome and cool and need to happen more in your life as you get old (the highly controlled, non-violent, and fun sort of explosions, of course). So the logical thing to do is to turn Jagerbombs…

Put on a Tiny Fireworks Show by Blowing Up Electrical Components

You don’t need dangerous explosives to put on an impressive fireworks show. Just grab a magnifying glass, a bunch of tiny resistors, capacitors, and transistors, and then blast them with more electricity than they were designed to handle. The results won’t disappoint, as long as you aren’t hoping for a Fourth of July…

Watch an Underground Nuclear Explosion Melt the Ground into a Giant Crater

Here is how subsidence craters are formed: an underground nuclear explosion gets set off and creates a hole underneath the ground. The ground collapses because nothing is supporting it anymore and then boom, giant crater. It is so gnarly to see because the ground looks like its melting into the core of the Earth.