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

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.

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.