Watch A Red Hot Nickel Ball Burn Things


One Youtuber takes a torch and heats a nickel ball until it’s red hot before applying said ball to a variety of objects to sometimes provocative effect. Does what it says on the tin.

Not as efficient as your conventional stovetop or kettle, but definitely worth more geek points. Which are largely worthless, but hey.

Notice in this one, as in the last one, the Leidenfrost effect, “in which a liquid, in near contact with a mass significantly hotter than the liquid’s boiling point, produces an insulating vapor layer which keeps that liquid from boiling rapidly.” Now read that again in the voice of Bill Nye.

Like a meteor in the arctic.

The RHNB is the mentos to the beer’s coke.

If you ever need to get rid of ping pong balls REALLY FAST.

A solid chunk of styrofoam treated as paper.

If I recall correctly hot wax and water cause explosions? That’s right, I thought he was missing an ingredient.

This one’s nice and colorful.

I think I know what to use to shield my house now in case of a slow-falling meteor apocalypse.

Aaand what not to use.

Just in case you haven’t created a horrible ugly slug creature in a while.

Yes, this makes my inner gummy-bear-sadist very happy.

I now proclaim the application of the RHNB to all traditional and commercial holiday symbols, starting with chocolate Easter bunnies.