Pumping 20,000 Volts Into a Watermelon Ends as Spectacularly as You'd Hope

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.

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Fortunately for us, YouTube’s TheBackyardScientist is less interested in conducting experiments that advance science and more into finding ways to blow things up. And by creating what is essentially man-made lightning, this dude’s watermelon didn’t stand a chance.

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When he kills himself it will almost certainly be recorded on video.

Has an arrangement been made to publish that fatal video? It should become a public hazard alert that will stand to counter all the stupid ideas he has inspired in daring youngsters through the years.