To me, this is citizen science at its reckless best. Very dangerous, don’t try this at home unless you’re a pro, type of stuff, but still fascinating to watch.
The series, called “Red Hot Nickel Ball,” on the YouTube Channel Cars and Water, currently contains 74 videos of a red-hot ball of nickel being introduced to different liquid and solid substances to see how they’ll react. Popcorn, rib eye steak, whiskey, dry ice, sugar, Styrofoam, ballistics gel, chocolate Easter bunnies, and more are all subjected to the destructive energy of glowing nickel.
I don’t know about you, but I could watch chemical and material reactions all day long. It’s fun to try and guess what you expect the reaction to be, given the composition of the materials, and then to see what actually happens. The results are often surprising. And for me, and I assume others, strangely satisfying and educational.
Here are a few of the experiments, to give you a taste for the collection.
If you were a fan of the David Letterman like throwing stuff off of a building, crushing things in a press, and Will It Float?, you’ll likely enjoy this odd YouTube series as much as I do.
You can access the entire “Red Hot Nickel Ball” Playlist here.