I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m going to go out and assume that most of you out there don’t have access to a hydraulic press. I’m in the same boat – my dad has an old hand-cranked press in his shop that he uses occasionally while working on cars, but it doesn’t see a whole lot of use really.
If I had access to one of these electric presses, however, I’m not sure I would ever stop trying to crush things with it. The guy behind The Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube is living that very dream right now. At its inception around 5 months ago, the channel seemed to have a very clear and simple goal – see what stuff looks like under the pressure of a hydraulic press… Kind of similar in practice to the Will It Blend video series – don’t breathe that! The Eastern European-sounding gentleman behind the channel promised to post videos weekly at first, but after a few, stopped posting for about 4 months… But thanks to renewed interest and boosted numbers on one particular video (which we’ll get to in a moment), it looks like the channel is active again, posting three videos over the last three days.
So let’s start with the one that seems to have generated the most buzz lately. It’s long been a myth that has since been busted by – who else – MythBusters: The myth that you can’t fold a piece of paper more than 7 times.
The MythBusters managed to turn that myth up to eleven, as the big voice man so eloquently puts it. But they had a football field-sized piece of paper to work with. How do you do it with a regular piece of paper? With a hydraulic press, of course!
Beware – there’s an F-bomb at the big moment… This dude sure knows how to make his videos hard to share.
As you can see, after the seventh fold, when going for the eighth, the paper basically explodes inside the press… So perhaps the “no more than seven folds” rule still rings true for a regular piece of paper. So what else has this fellow crushed in his hydraulic press? Let’s have a look and go in chronological order.
A Golf Ball
If you’ve never seen the inside of a golf ball, you might be surprised to know they’re not hollow. Nope, they’re filled with stuff – I don’t even know what. All I DO know is that it looks pretty cool when being crushed.
The first pass on this one doesn’t quite do the trick, so he shows his persistence – if at first you don’t destroy the watch, try, try again.
Going from the header photo you had to know there’d be a Barbie in here somewhere right? Just wait until you see what she resembles when it’s over with…
Ever wanted to destroy a camera? You could always smash one without knowing why, à la Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy… Or you could crush one in a hydraulic press, which is pretty impressive.
Damn right you can “broke it more.”
A Mobile Phone
I think we’ve all had those text-message or phone call fights or arguments that leave us wanting to smash our phones out of anger or frustration. Something tells me you’d get a little more satisfaction by destroying one in this manner, however.
After that post came the folded paper one, and then nothing. Silence. For four months. A few days ago, that paper folding post was shared on Reddit, where it became quite popular. Sploid then wrote this article, wondering if this new attention might cause the user to continue posting more videos… And apparently it worked. Three new videos have popped up since then, suggesting the Hydraulic Press Channel may be back with a vengeance.
A Blender (or can you blend a hydraulic press?)
It’s almost like this guy knew I was going to compare the series to the Will It Blend series before I even did, and he created a crossover episode! Mind you, it’s not the famous Blendtec blender, but as you can see, I think even a Blendtec one would struggle to fight the pressure of the press…
A Nokia 3310 Phone
These old-school Nokia phones are pretty well known for being virtually indestructible. Will it stand up to a hydraulic press, though? Let’s find out.
Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that thing’s destroyed.
And now, (so far) the most recent video:
Who DOESN’T love popping bubble wrap? I’m pretty bad for absolutely destroying any piece of it I can manage to get my hands on, and I’m sure many of you are the same way. What happens when you take the fun out of it and use a hydraulic press to pop it all, though? Let’s find out.
I guess that’s about what I expected, and I’m glad to see that I wasn’t the only one who was initially a little disappointed at the result.
Anyway, much like I’m sure most of you are, I’m kinda hoping this guy keeps making videos. It doesn’t have to be every week like he originally promised, but it would be cool to see a new one of these pop up every now and then.