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Ever Wondered What Happens When You Pour Metal Into A Melon? No? Find Out Anyway

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Some scientific experiments make sense, like figuring out the fundamental physical properties of the universe or getting a machine to operate. Afterward, there”s this: the experiment where molten aluminum is poured into a watermelon.

This experiment comes to us thanks to The Backyard Scientist, who hosts science experiments that are mad for your enjoyment on YouTube. Astonishingly enough, there was a rather astonishing result, and definitely not the explosion they”d expected.

This will not bode well.

This does not bode well.

(Don”t worry, they”ve got it completely under control.)

A hole is punched in a watermelon that was sacrificial.

First, a hole is punched in a sacrificial watermelon.

Meanwhile, some aluminum was melted down in a foundry.

In the meantime, some aluminum was melted down in a foundry.

The Backyard Scientist”s foundry is propane powered and home made.

The aluminum is subsequently poured into the watermelon.

The aluminum is then poured into the watermelon.

The molten metal splashes outside as it reacts with the water inside the melon. This is the reason the yard is a bit on fire here. No big deal, though.

Observe the entire procedure here before we spoil it for you. We trust we don”t need to tell you not to attempt this at house.

The moment of truth.

The moment of truth.

The theory here, as is described, was that the watermelon would simply burst from the extreme heat of the liquid aluminum, but something a bit different happened.

Before hardening, forming this impressive sculpture the aluminum found its way into the seed pockets!

The aluminum found its way into the seed pockets before hardening, forming this amazing sculpture!

They made another one to see if the same thing would occur, and it did.

They made a second one to see if the same thing would happen, and it did.

This time, they corralled the aluminum into the watermelon using a can, which is the second sculpture has a thicker, cylindrical foundation.

You can see more of The Backyard Scientist”s experiments, including some more with liquid aluminum, on his YouTube channel. You can even see what creations are on the market on their Etsy page.

And obviously, The Backyard Scientist reasons the video with some guidance that everyone, scientist or not, should heed: “Don”t blow yourselves up.”

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