‘Don’t do this yourself… you would be an idiot.’
With that friendly warning, the ‘Slow Mo’ team launches a Molotov Cocktail at the side of a typical house in suburbia.
And thanks to their super slow motion capture – which can take a staggering 2,500 frames a second – we can see every moment of this explosive and destructive attack in the kind of detail normally reserved for Hollywood action films.
Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, AKA the Slow Mo team, have a track record for this sort of thing , having previously smashed watermelons, popped popcorn, and dropped water balloons, all in the name of science and fun.
This time, it is the side of a house which falls victim to their destructive ways.
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The flames ‘drip’ down the wall as the liquid burns. This whole sequence has lasted around a second, with the bottle not even landing by the time of this final image
The Slow Mo team have millions of subscribers to their YouTube channel and more than 60,000 Twitter followers.
Hollywood director Michael Bay – known and lampooned for his high-octane super-slow-motion scenes in action films such as Transformers – may well end up jealous of the pair’s camera.
They used a Phantom Flex camera to record the action, which provided them with high-definition footage to keep for posterity.
The video is part of a series of slow-motion videos, more than 60 in total, posted by the pair on their YouTube video.What did we just do? Gavin Free (left) and Daniel Gruchy (right) enjoy blowing things up in the name of science
Previously they have tackled a computer with a sledgehammer, played golf with an apple, and exploded ‘bottle-bombs’, capturing each moment at a fraction of the pace of real life.
The pair do not go to lengths to explain their motivations or what the audience is witnessing. Instead they seem to enjoy nothing more than watching everyday objects explode in super slow motion.
But that is part of the beauty of science – sometimes there doesn’t need to be a reason, other than watching life from a new perspective.