Balloons full of propane igniting at 300 frames per second! W00t!
slightly-mad store: www.cafepress****/slightlymadsci
"Sugar Plum Dark Mix" by Kevin MacLeod (incomptech****)
Using 15KV 60ma of electricity, a smaller lightbulb will light up like a little storm. The lightbulb's glass will eventually fail, with the electricity burning a hole through the glass. Pretty dramatic effect, too.
I recently obtained a "Violet Wand" (not to be confused with a "Violent Wand" which is what Harry Potter fans use when you make fun of them).
It was made over 80 years ago, and still works. It's a nice example of applied physics, and ALSO how some will try to scam you into buying quack medical devices claiming to cure almost every known disease. Perfect for Slightly-Mad Science.
Time for some antique high voltage!
For more information regarding Violet Wands:
Museum of Quackery *******www.museumofquackery****/devices/uv.htm
Wacky "Energy Therapy" People *******www.meridianinstitute****/eaem/master1/mastcont.html
Links regarding quack medicine:
Respectful Insolence *******scienceblogs****/insolence/skepticismcritical_thinking/friday_woo/
Quack Medicine *******www.quackmedicine****/
Buy Slightly-Mad Stuff at *******www.cafepress****/slightlymadsci
This video appeared on Canada's G4 TV show Torrent in September of 2008. This video answers the questions, of who I am, what I do, and why I do it. NOTE: One of my videos appeared 11/28/2008 on Science Channel's "Brink!" Woo!
This Demo is Dangerously-Stupid. Don't try this at home.
Potential Energy: PE=mgh. The energy stored by moving a mass to a height above the surface of the earth, which turns into Kinetic Energy when dropped due to the force of Gravity.
That's all well and good, but can you BREAK STUFF with it? SURE! At Slightly-Mad Science, we love breaking stuff!
Music for this episode courtesy of Hatecore Inc's "Wish You Were Dead." You can find more of their metal at:
Special Thanks go to Andrew and Brandon of Morbid Caffeine Junkies
Magnesium is one of the most commonly used structural metals, being light and strong. It's necessary for living cells. And was used in early flash photography. But what you really want to know, is it 'splodey? Let's find out!! Oh, and there are also special appearances by "Chris Crocker" and the "Cookie Monster" (both impersonations done badly by me) as they drag you kicking and screaming through a few Internet Memes of 2007.
You can refer to WebElements (*******www.webelements****/magnesium/) for more on Magnesium. Or just use Google, silly.
Special thanks goes out to Martyrd (www.myspace****/martyrd) for the rights to use "Blue and Black" in this video, and to Andrew (www.myspace****/morbidcaffienejunkies) for being an excellent camera-using minion.
This is a "Special Message" From Slightly-Mad Science regarding "huffing."
Inhalant abuse (commonly called "huffing") is the intentional inhalation of chemical vapors to attain a mental “high” or euphoric effect. A wide variety of substances, including many common household products, are abused by inhalers."
(Seriously though, huffing is very dangerous and can kill you on the first try. Find safer hobbies...like full-contact kickboxing.)
I have remained silent while a tragedy of epidemic proportions rages across the entire world. I can no longer remain silent. I MUST do something. Sarcasm follows.
It was originally part of my "Will It Burn: Mac/PC" video, but I decided to hold onto it as a separate video. Zapping it with 15KV from a neon transformer doesn't result in a death ray (dang), but still looks pretty cool. For more information about Cathode Ray Tubes (used for all older TV's/Monitors) Go to:
Silly Chop-Socky Physics Demonstration! Technique, Training, Focus, Power. All are important when trying to break boards bare-handed. However, there are also important physics that explain why the boards are broken.
"Slag" courtesy of "A Childs First Funeral" (*******www.myspace****/achildsfirstfuneral)
I break a stack of 3 boards that are on FIRE from Acetone and Lighter-Fluid. Why? To demonstrate the Leidenfrost Effect. To if you want to know the science behind the insanity, watch the longer version at www.slightlymadscience****. Music courtesy of Endrone (www.myspace****/endrone) and used with permission.
Using household electricity, a pickle can be turned into a rather stinky/steamy light bulb. This is a clip from Dangers of Electricity: Slightly-Mad Science from www.slightlymadscience****
This is a short clip from www.slightlymadscience**** 's Will it Burn spoof of Blendtec's Will it Blend. Totally different soundtrack (used with permission of "A Childs First Funeral" at www.myspace****/achildsfirstfuneral), and it's just the part where you have the fire, for those who want to get right to the action.
This is a result of my first viewer suggestion...Use science to melt a Barbie doll. I personally find Bratz dolls more annoying, so I included them too! The demonstration is to see which of the two commonly available and powerful solvents (Xylene and Acetone) affects the dolls more adversely. Keep watching to the end, that's when it gets HOT and a bit 'splodey!
This is the AITN Version. Music courtesy of Awake In The Nightmare (www.myspace****/awakeinthenightmare), and used with full permission and understanding of Metacafe's terms. If you like it, give it a DIGG!
Barbie and Bratz soaked in Xylene and Acetone and are given a Fiery death! This is a highlight from Doll Death: Slain By Solvent Science from www.slightlymadscience****. Music courtesy of Awake In The Nightmare (www.myspace****/awakeinthenightmare) and used with permission.
This is a slightly-mad science parody of Blendtec's popular webseries: "Will it Blend?" (*******www.willitblend****/). My take is "Will it Burn?" It asks the question many ask, but with a twist. Which is better, the Mac or the PC? I figure more than enough people tangle with the typical issues regarding that. I wanna see how well they handle high voltage (15,000 volt transformer) and fire!
Ever want to try some electrical mad-science at home? Be warned, there are some dangers involved. 'Splodey hot-dogs are the least of them. Demo includes both household electricity and a high voltage transformer.
If you like it: Digg it!
Using a neon transformer, a resistor (to reduce the current), and layers of insulated gloves, I made electric arcs jump between my fingers. It's going to be part of the new intro for Slightly-Mad Science episodes. Oh, and don't try this at home.