Watermelons, as the name implies, are mostly water. In fact, watermelons are made up of a total of 92% water. The Backyard Scientist has shown an affinity for playing with watermelons in the past. About a year and a half ago, I brought you bros this video of the Backyard Scientist pouring molten aluminum into a watermelon to see what would happen. I highly suggest watching that aluminum video after the clip above, but if you’re not planning on watching I’ll just say that pouring molten hot aluminum into watermelons makes for some badass art.
In his latest clip, a video that’s picked up over 1.5 million views in the past three days, the Backyard Scientist has enlisted the help of a friend. That friend of his specializes in building tesla coils for music performances, and he helped the Backyard Scientist track down a 20,000-volt capacitor.
As he explains, capacitors are able to release massive amounts of energy in an instant. So what we’re seeing here is the watermelon getting juiced with 20,000 volts all at once. This, of course, leads to some serious watermelon carnage and it’s quickly become one of my favorite backyard science experiments on the Internet.
Let’s watch that money shot once more in animated GIF, shall we?
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(h/t Gizmodo’s Sploid)