What Could Go Wrong: Launching 55-Gallon Metal Drums Into The Sky WITH SCIENCE (My God I Love Science)

April 26, 2012


This is a video of a whole line of scientists dudes launching 55-gallon metal drums into the sky WITH SCIENCE. Pyro science (my favorite kind).

If you mix calcium carbide and water, it produces acetylene. Acetylene is extremely flammable and can launch 55-gallon drums into the air when ignited.

Not gonna lie, that looks pretty dangerous. Especially considering what goes up must...go around? "It's 'come down', moron." Right -- that's what I meant, NAME CALLER. Regardless, you think a hint of danger is gonna stop me from trying to launch my apartment's dumpster over the building? *WEE-WOO! WEE-WOO! WEE-WOO!* Haha, the police don't seem to think so!

Hit the jump for the science fieldtrip of my deepest, darkest fantasies.

  • Peter_Pedro

    The answer is... nothing.

  • karasuKumo

    It's always nice when small villages discover fire. I wonder if they were sending offerings to a god.

  • Guest

    Does hoping one hits the camera make me a bad person?

  • Emmitt Morgans

    I can't be the only one who's surprised that the people in the video weren't speaking English...

    ...specifically English with a very pronounced southern drawl.

    ...I'm pretty sure I heard a harmonica in the background, too...

  • $18922249

    Acetylene salt... NFW.
    Two pi bonds for the win.

  • rikster81

    Meanwhile in Alabama july 4th

  • Shawn Bibby

    I think I want to join

  • Alex Smith

    This is an easter celebration in Croatia. 

  • Lee Graham

    oh wow! i think i just pissed my self

  • Ian A Boyd

    It's like the fucking gossip stones in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

  • Dirgible

    All have quite excellent hang times, second last one is coolest. That one got sent right into orbit.

  • austin allen


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