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There were 47 tornado fatalities in the U.S. in 2014. It’s a terrifying natural phenomenon, but there’s one thing scarier than a tornado: a tornado made of fire. Naturally, a group of dudes decided to play god and make their own backyard fire tornado. All it took was a dozen box fans.
Set to some classic Beethoven—the only appropriate choice for fire tornado videos—this video from 2012 received a big viral spike over the weekend from Reddit. It’s actually just the latest in a long line of videos in which people create mashups of their favorite natural disasters—a distinctly Internet-age phenomenon.
A science center in Singapore has a permanent demonstration of a fire tornado with more sophisticated fan technology:
A guy who goes by the YouTube monicker Crazyrussianhacker created his own “Green Fire Tornado” with the help of some chemicals late last year:
It’s worth noting that fire tornados are a real phenomenon that happens in nature. Residents of Canberra, Australia, suffered a great deal of destruction after a fire tornado swept through their city during a brush fire in 2003. This fire tornado wasn’t created by fans or Reddit dorks, and it’s way more terrifying:
Myles Tanzer is a former contributor to the Daily Dot with an emphasis on technology and viral news. He is currently the Fader's news editor, having previously written and edited for Vogue, BuzzFeed, and Gawker.