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The Most Beautiful Fireworks Show in China Is Literally a Blacksmith Throwing Molten Metal Around

The Most Beautiful Fireworks Show in China Is Literally a Blacksmith Throwing Molten Metal Around

Fireworks, which were invented in China, are obviously a big deal in China. But no fireworks show in any part of the country and very probably the world can match the sheer spectacle and beautiful audacity of the fireworks show in Nuanquan, China. That’s because it’s more of a molten metal show. A blacksmith, wearing only a big hat and a sheepskin vest, just starts throwing and scoop tossing molten metal all against the wall of the city to let it sparkle and rain fire. It’s crazy! It’s so dangerous! It’s so awesome.

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April 11th

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Forging a Bottle Opener from a Metal Plate

Forging a Bottle Opener from a Metal Plate

To turn a plate of metal into something you can actually use takes so many different tools and so much time to do. Even for something as simple as a bottle opener, you need to figure out a way to pierce the metal, to hammer the hole wider, to bend it to create a usable grip, to indent it to make it easier to use, and so on. Watch John Rigoni make a bottle opener below.

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March 22nd

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Watch the Explosion That Happens When You Put This Piece of Metal in Water

Watch the Explosion That Happens When You Put This Piece of Metal in Water

Sodium, you know what that is. Water, you know what that is. Now watch one of the oldest chemistry class tricks, the combination of two things you already know for an explosion you might have forgotten: if you throw sodium metal into water, it basically sparks up real big and blows up nicely.

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March 16th

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Beyond Gorgeous Video Shows the Making of a Damascus Steel Sword

Beyond Gorgeous Video Shows the Making of a Damascus Steel Sword

Turn it up to 8K if you can (you can’t), because this truly awesome video of master bladesmith Tony Swatton working on a Roman Gladius Sword made from damascus steel is a treat to watch. Damascus steel is basically art in a material as the layers get built, this sword is especially awesome because it combines a 93-layer damascus technique in the blade with a twisted grip.

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March 15th

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Transforming a Hammer Head into an Axe

Transforming a Hammer Head into an Axe

While most people see a hammer and just see a hammer, The Art of Weapons sees the potential to turn the brute hardened steel into an axe. Basically, the head of the hammer turned into the axe blade and the claw side of the hammer got forged together to form one spike. The whole process turning a blunt smashing object into a sharp cutting device is pretty fun to see.

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March 14th

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These Liquid Metal Spheres Can Solder Without Heat

Soldering is still an incredibly common and useful process with which to repair electronics, but it could be about to get a little cooler. Quite literally, because researchers have developed a new way to solder without heat.

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Jamie Condliffe

March 14th

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Magnetic Darts Are Scary Powerful

Magnetic Darts Are Scary Powerful

Need a weapon? Grab some magnets and some nails and you got yourself a hell of an arrow launcher. The magnets push out the nail darts so fast that it’s basically a mini crossbow mixed with a nailgun, no batteries necessary. Magnetic Games said that in order to get this powerful shot, the arrow and the launcher have to have the same polarity.

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March 12th

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Turning a Railroad Spike into a Knife with a Coil Grip

Turning a Railroad Spike into a Knife with a Coil Grip

Watch as bladesmith Walter Sorrells turned a railroad spike into a knife. Railroad spikes aren’t meant to be used as an edge tool but it’s cool to see Sorrells bludgeon the crude spike into a pretty awesome knife with a coil for a grip. The metal coil was created by elongating the spike and wrapping it around and around a mandrel.

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February 9th

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The Intense Shockwave of Flattening a Car into a Pancake with Explosives

The Intense Shockwave of Flattening a Car into a Pancake with Explosives

Mythbusters attempted to turn a car into a pancake with the help of 1,000 pounds of ANFO (ammonium nitrate fuel oil) and a giant steel plate which resulted in a ginormous explosion and a really spectacular shockwave. Seeing the whole thing in high speed, you can see the shockwave grow like a bubble beyond the blow up.

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February 3rd

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Jewelry Made From an Actual SR-71 Blackbird Is Cool as Hell

Any old jerk can wear a fancy ring, but how many people can say their bling was made from materials that once flew at mach 3.2+ on the famed Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane? Now that’s some provenance.

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Andrew Liszewski

February 1st

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