I don't know why stuff blowing up is so fascinating, but this Russian (?) video shows how curious people stick around to watch. Someone said there are 39 explosions, but I didn't count. There are some strange video game sounding alarms, too!!
The translator for Google says this video is titled "Explosion gazelle with a canister on the Ring Road".
Spoiler alert! At about 7:05 we get a clue about what is blowing up. Maybe propane tanks?
UPDATE from tadchem!!
Great pre-explosion footage from inside one of the cars on the same road. This guy pulls over for the speeding truck, but I can't figure out what the truck hits.
At least this guy is smart enough to start backing up!!
Rich tells us in the comments that the "Gazelle" in the title refers to the type of truck. Gotta love WUvies!!
This video and others from Russia make me wonder if all cars are equipped with cameras? Might not be a bad idea -- where can I get one?
Andrew Lausman of Lakeland, Florida has created a new genre of art. He calls it "explosionism." As far as I can tell, it involves dipping firecrackers in paint and shooting them at a canvas. A few of his works, which I found on his facebook page, are below. He focuses on space themes — galaxies and nebulae — perhaps because it would be hard to do a still life with flowers using firecrackers.
Lausman's art hasn't allowed him to quit his day job yet. (He's a dental assistant.) But he does have his first exhibition opening this Friday. [theledger.com]
First James Louis Krosner legally changed his name to "Natural Hunka Kaboom." Then he made a walking stick for himself out of a piece of aluminum pipe that he sealed at each end with duct tape. Then he wrote his name on the "walking stick." Finally, he accidentally left his stick at the Akron City Hall. The result: police found the odd-looking pipe, saw the word "KABOOM" scrawled on it, concluded it might be a bomb, and evacuated the building. Natural Hunka Kaboom now plans on running for city council. [ohio.com]
I'm sure these Du Pont scientists knew exactly what they were doing. But I still think I would have backed up a bit as they were doing this. Image from eBay. Article from Chicago Tribune, Jan. 23, 1935:
I stumbled across this essay quite by accident. I was laughing at the image to the right (seriously? snow globes? they must have watched that short by Pixar where the itty bitty plastic snowman tries to blow up his globe to reach the hot mermaid in the snow globe next to his and they thought it was reality TV). Under that image was a link to the following essay, Terrorism, Tweezers, and Terminal Madness: An Essay On Security. It's not a short read, but it is definitely worth reading if you want a pilot's perspective on what airline security has become since September 11, 2001. Perhaps even more interesting is the list of air crimes at the end of the essay, sorted by date, starting in 1970.