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Watching a VHS Tape Melt Is Like Seeing Obsolescence Happen in Real Time

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According to the folks who made this video of a melting VHS tape, it took 160 hours in an acetone vapor bath to liquify the relic of the Blockbuster age. 20,000 photos later, we have a visual record of the process. And while it starts out a little slow, the footage eventually hit all of my internet video pleasure zones.

VHS tape nostalgia? Check. Gloopy transformation of a familiar object? Check. Poking, cutting, and prodding of said object with knives and other tools? Check and double-check. This vid has it all.

The YouTubers at Amazing Timelapse have previously used acetone vapor (a substance concentrated by locking an object in a chamber with a small amount of acetone) to melt down a cassette tape. And while that video has a nice climactic moment when the front panel of the tape falls off, the VHS tape is far superior.


As you can see, the cassette tape video is also a fine watch, but ultimately kinda gross-looking. The VHS tape, on the other hand, looks edible. I want to eat the tape.

[Amazing Timelapse via Digg]