Guy Builds Massive Coconut-Destroying Mousetrap

May 3, 2017

This is a video of the Backyard Scientist (who's gravitating less towards backyard science and more towards backyard spectacle) testing the giant mousetrap he built that requires an electric winch to pull the spring down, and closes at speeds up to 42MPH, crushing anything in its way. In this case: some watermelons, coconuts, a model volcano (???), hardhat, and a balloon of non-Newtonian fluid. That thing looks terrifying, and there's no way I'd be squatting as close to it as he does when he sets it off. You know I had a mouse problem a little while ago so I bought some mousetraps but when I was baiting them with cheese one snapped on my finger and then I started feeling bad about the mice and now I still have a mouse problem. But is it really a problem if you've named them all?

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to hairless, who agrees that is not how you harvest coconut milk.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    My grandmother had an island when I was a boy. Nothing to boast of. You could walk along it in an hour. But still, it was - it was a paradise for us.

    One summer, we came for a visit and discovered the whole place had been infested with rats. They'd come on a fishing boat and had gorged themselves on coconut. So how do you get rats off an island, hmm? My grandmother showed me. We buried an oil drum, and hinged the lid. Then we wired coconut to the lid as bait. The rats come for the coconut, and... They fall into the drum, and after a month, you've trapped all the rats.

    But what did you do then? Throw the drum into the ocean? Burn it? No. You just leave it. And they begin to get hungry, then one by one... They start eating each other, until there are only two left. The two survivors. And then what - do you kill them? No. You take them, and release them into the trees. Only now, they don't eat coconut anymore.

    Now they will only eat rat.

  • Jenness

    This is a nightmare - I could not even watch the video of him pulling it back without cringing. I think I've watched too many Roadrunner cartoons

  • Coconut *vaporizing* mousetrap.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Need to place a few of these around some DC pizza places...

  • Jenness


  • The_Wretched

    Oh him. Sun shades are not safety goggles.

    also, You can tie your pull rope to a handle. Handles are easier to grip.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Classic backdoor scientist. I swear he won't rest until he loses all his limbs.

  • Meh

    I wonder what would happen if someone tried to drive over it. Or just wait years for some burglar to get smacked. I mean why use the coconuts.

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