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Watch the Backyard Scientist blow up a watermelon with 20,000 joules of energy

Well, that's one way to cut up fruit.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 12, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 9:03 pm CDT

The Backyard Scientist is back, and this time, he’s here to make food explode. In particular, he wants to see what happens when he sends 20,000 joules of energy through a poor, helpless watermelon.

First, he destroys a hot dog with 1,000 joules of energy. But that amount of energy doesn’t do much damage against a watermelon. Which is why the Backyard Scientist brings out the big guns—a capacitor that is capable of sending out 20,000 joules.

How much is that? The equivalent of shooting off four .50 caliber sniper rifles at the exact same time, or as he writes in the YouTube description, “this is basically like what would happen if a lightning bolt struck a watermelon.”

While the watermelon is the main course, also check out what happens when a steak is cooked with the same amount of energy. It’s, um, electrifying.

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*First Published: Mar 12, 2017, 9:40 am CDT