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Thousands Evacuated After Massive Explosion Rocks Ukrainian Ammunition Depot

A large fire at an ammunition depot in central Ukraine has triggered a series of massive explosions, prompting the evacuation of about 30,000 people. Hinting at sabotage, the country’s Prime Minister said “external factors” could be attributed to the blasts. Read More >>

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Blowing Up a Rainbow Probably Looks a Lot Like Dropping an Anvil on Spray Paint Cans

When you get exclusive access to a 150-foot-tall tower, you’re going to want to do more than just take in the view. So when the team from How Ridiculous got just such an opportunity, they made the most of it, hauling a heavy anvil to the top and then dropping it on a stack of spray paint cans on the ground below. Read More >>

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Fire and Explosives Make Falling Dominoes Far More Interesting

We’ve been told our entire lives not to play with fire. But whoever coined that expression never stopped to think about how flames and explosions could make falling dominoes even more captivating to watch. Read More >>

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I Can’t Stop Watching This £27,000 RC Fighter Jet Crash and Burn

“Oh, it’s so majestic! Watch it zoom around those trees! It gets so close to the grass! It goes upside down! It swoops over the crowd! It’s heading straight for the ground! It’s heading straight for the ground!! It’s heading straight for the ground!!! It’s hea——” Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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Slo-Mo Video Reveals Batteries Become Tiny Missiles When You Light Them on Fire

By now we’ve all seen how dangerous some batteries can be, but the Slow Mo Guys are back with some more incredible slow-motion footage revealing that even the seemingly innocuous AA batteries stuffed in your TV remote can easily turn into a high-speed, exploding projectile if you’re not careful. Read More >>

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Sodastream Bottles Have Started Sploding

Just when you thought you were safe from random home explosions, 80s favourite Sodastream has followed in the sooty footsteps of Samsung and recalled a load of product for being a bit 'splodey. Read More >>

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Seeing the Explosion Inside a Transparent Engine Shows You How Engines Work

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 see through engine to show us exactly what’s going on in an engine when we fire it up and it’s pretty fascinating stuff. Read More >>

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Man Loses Seven Teeth After E-Cigarette Explodes in His Face

If you’re someone who occasionally puffs on electronic cigarettes, you should stop right now. Because when shit goes awry, it turns into a disgusting scene of blood, charred skin, and broken bones. Read More >>

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Popcorn Looks Even More Delicious in Super Slow Motion

Watching popcorn pop is utterly captivating, even in real-time. But when you film the process with a high-speed camera capable of capturing 30,000 frames every second, watching those kernels explode in super slow motion turns making popcorn into a spectacle that rivals the Bonfire Night. Read More >>

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A Stellar Explosion Could Be Visible In the Night Sky in 2022

It’s not often that a new body appears in the night sky — aside from meteors and the occasionally comet, things tend to look pretty much the same. Now, astronomers predict that a pair of stars so close they’re basically touching will collide and create a so-called red nova, resulting in a bright explosion visible to the naked eye. Read More >>

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Watch a Computer Get Annihilated By a Ridiculously Powerful Combustion Tube

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 metres a second, and Jesus Christ does that thing gets smashed to bits. The combustion tube is meant to test flame acceleration and deflagration to detonation transition, which is... fine. I guess. But it’s also fantastic to blow things up with. Read More >>

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Scary Video Shows Explosions Happening at a Fireworks Market in Mexico

22 people have died and at least 70 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. Read More >>

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Celebrate Christmas With a Hydraulic Press and Exploding Glitter

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 Christmas than by crushing a mountain of glitter and a CO2 cartridge? Can you think of a faster way to deck the halls? [YouTube] Read More >>

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Lighting 100,000 Firecrackers at the Same Time is as Ridiculous as You’d Expect

Here’s a really fantastic use of time, resources, and uh, creative freedom: get 100,000 firecrackers and light ‘em all up at the same time. Read More >>