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Rubber Bands Compress Watermelon Into a Ball of Explosive Slow-Mo Goodness

What happens when you wrap a watermelon with 500 rubber bands? If you’re recording it with an ultra slow-motion camera, you get this sweet video of the resulting explosion.

Gavin and Dan, the two gentleman behind The Slow Mo Guys, were inspired by this Japanese video of rubber band fueled Watermelon explosion and thus caught their own fruit-exploding-hijinks with their slow-mo camera.

Hit up the link below for more slow-mo fun courtesy of the The Slow Mo Guys.

Rubber bands vs Water Melon – The Slow Mo Guys

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/20/12

Comments (11)

  1. indianacarnie

    The rubber bands stayed together! :)

  2. r

    that’s about as interesting as watching watermelon explode

  3. korea

    its a korean video btw.

  4. Jim

    Big deal, so what. What a waste of time. Get a knife and cut it.

  5. Wolf

    This is what happens when you have too much time on your hands. This is a waste of food, nothing more.

  6. Anon

    I blame Gallagher for this. Watermelon bashing may be comedy for a 3-year-old. But for mature adults? Come on!

    Why destroy a watermelon or any other food? Is world hunger something to be sneered at?

    It almost seems homophobic too. I mean, when you think about some kind of “fruit” being pulverized, is that some sort of subliminal message or something?

    Personally, I’d be a little embarrassed if that were my video. Anyone hear of using a knife? Then again, a couple of “scientists” like those 2 guys probably aren’t allowed to handle knives.

    (Please look up rhetorical question if you feel a need to reply: )

  7. trinity343

    jim and wolf…no one cares about your negativity at their experiment to record this in slow motion, which by the way is the whole point of the video so no not a waste of time or food as it is both art and science all in one

  8. Wayne Riker

    I like how the watermelon opens up like the alien egg pods in Alien, with Sigourney Weaver.

  9. Dorothy

    Yipe! I can’t even stand to pop a roll of biscuits!

  10. bartman2589

    Gallagher would be proud! As for the person complaining about world hunger and what not, grow up, if I grew it or bought it it’s mine to do with how I see fit. Plus world hunger is going to be a problem regardless of whether a few or even a few thousand watermelons are exploded, part of the problem is too many people living in areas which are unable to sustain them, until those people are moved and taught how to manage their own crops and livestock in areas that CAN sustain their population then all that’s going to happen is they’re going to continue to starve and continue to drain world resources (I’m not saying I don’t feel sorry for them, but when you face the facts I just mentioned it’s not really anyone’s fault but their own for staying in areas that cannot sustain them). And before you say they can’t leave, that’s BS, there are nomadic tribes in several parts of the world that have no problem moving around to find places where they can grow crops and raise their young, it may not be a cushy lifestyle but at least they’re alive and most often not starving to death by the hundreds because they’re too used to getting a handout from all these ‘relief organizations’ to be bothered to get off their behinds and move somewhere where they can fend for themselves better.

  11. lesle

    In the U.S., National Watermelon Day is August 3.

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