Explosions & Stuff Blowing Up

Everybody loves to watch stuff blow up right?

OK, so maybe not everybody loves explosions. But I'm fairly certain that just about every boy between the ages of about 10 to 15 years old is somewhat fascinated by them, and across just about every demographic, people love to gawk at stuff blowing up. Whether it's an old building being leveled by C4 to make way for new construction, or the images of the U.S. Military unleashing "Shock & Awe" across targets throughout Iraq in March of 2003, regardless of what your feelings are about the stuff being demolished, people can't help but stare at a big explosion. With that in mind, I thought I would dedicate this Hub to a compilation of videos, footage, and facts about explosions.

I anticipate this Hub will probably get a lot of traction with a younger, primarily male demographic, but even if you don't fit that description, I think you might be surprised by how much you enjoy checking out this virtual demolition derby. And with all that said, let me start the carnage with the words of a bumbling aspiring sportcaster who once said, "Boom goes the dynamite..."

Boom Goes the Dynamite (@ 2:27 mark)

Nature's Fury

When it comes to some good old fashioned carnage, you can always count on Mother Nature to provide a good show. The 1980 volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington was once of the greatest displays of natural, explosive force in the last 100 years.

What happened was, on Sunday, May 18th, 1980, an earthquake caused a major landslide on the already weak North face of the mountain, resulting in partially molten, gas-filled rocks to suddenly become exposed to lessened pressure. The rocks responded by unleashing a combination of vaporized rock and lava towards nearby Spirit Lake, resulting in an astonishingly large eruption that rose 80,000 ft. into the air. The aftermath left ash deposits across 11 states, and likely resulted in a windfall for junk removal companies across the West Coast of the United States and Canada.

To summarize, a large chunk of a mountain basically blew up. Here is the video...

The Mount St. Helens Explosion

Explosive YouTube Compilation

This is a nice video compilation of various explosions, mostly military-related, put together by YouTube user "dimitriosk4". Enjoy!

(warning: music is kind of Euro-techno and may make you feel like dancing in the dark with glow sticks and a mesh tank top)

BIG Explosions

Building Demolition

So, if I were ever to pursue a new career, based entirely on what I would enjoy doing, with no consideration of my qualifications or the potential earnings of said job, I would probably have to consider working for a demolition company that specializes in blowing up old buildings.

The following video from January of 2003 was put together by the International Society of Explosive Engineers for their annual conference in Las Vegas. Normally when you think of engineers, you think of nerds, but these guys make engineering look pretty darn cool. Sadly, they nearly ruin this incredibly awesome video by using "Yanni" as the background music... yes, they really use Yanni.

Enjoy the video below. Maybe use the mute button though:

Dyno-MITE!

Mutually Assured Destruction

There's a reason why the Cold War never got "hot" thankfully. The basic premise was that the USA and USSR both managed to compile such a massive, utterly insane arsenal of incredibly destructive weapons that nobody would ever dare use one against the other, as it would basically set off a chain of events that would end the world.

If that sounds like hyperbole, check out his next video. It is from the only ever detonation of the AN602 hydrogen bomb, affectionately named by the Soviet's as Kuzka's Mother. This little dandy was designed to unload 50-100 megatons of TNT on its target. The demonstration of this weapon's capability shown in the video happened in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

I'm pretty sure that region probably still isn't much of a tourism hotbed today, over 50 years later, as a result of this blast...

Kuzka's Mother

How to Conduct a Safe Chemistry Combustion Experiment

After watching those explosion videos I wanted to conduct a small experiment. (my chemistry teacher would have been proud of me.) In order to do this you are going to need four things.

1. A Plastic Water Bottle

2. Foil

3. Toilet Cleaner

4. Safety Goggles

Now that you have all the supplies it’s time to start the experiment.

Please remember safety always comes first. The last thing anyone wants is for somebody to get hurt.

First step – Make sure to wear your safety goggles.

Second step – Put the foil balls inside of the water bottle. I would put around 3-4 of the foil balls inside. Make sure to roll them up into little balls so they are about a ½ inch in diameter and able to fit them inside the water bottle.

Third step – Pour the toilet cleaner until it’s about a ¼ full. Just make sure that it’s above the foil balls then immediately after put the cap back on the water bottle (make sure that it’s tightly on.)

Fourth step – Stand in safe spot (20 feet away) and watch the explosion!

How To Make A Tasty Explosion

Items:

1. Two-liter bottle of Diet Coke

2. Mentos

Steps:

1. Place the open diet coke in a clear space.

2. Drop mentos in the diet coke.

3. Watch it explode.

How Does It Happen?

The several small particles on the mentos candy's surface catalyze the release of carbon dioxide gas that come from the soda, resulting in the rapid explosion of the soda.

What Do You Get When You Combine Diet Soda With Mentos?

People Exploding...

We all enjoyed watching all these cool explosions but I wanted to add a twist in this hubpage. While watching Monday Night Football Michael Tomlin was about to explode when they made a horrible call that eventually got overturned. The call was a fumble when his QB clearly had his hand moving forward, in turn making it an incomplete pass. Let's relive the TOP 10 Sports Meltdowns and the Best Sports Media Meltdowns. We talking about PRACTICE?

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