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Devastating Explosions, at the Touch of a Button
posted by EvaDestruction (73 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

 
Warning: check your volume.
posted by EvaDestruction at 1:34 PM on December 9, 2011


And with a push of a big red button Discovery channel becomes obsolete.
posted by selenized at 1:35 PM on December 9, 2011 [14 favorites]


I feel a little guilty about making such a mess.
posted by MustardTent at 1:38 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is the best thing on the internet today.
posted by empath at 1:39 PM on December 9, 2011 [5 favorites]


posted by EvaDestruction

eponysterical.
posted by Kabanos at 1:41 PM on December 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


addictive
posted by Kwine at 1:42 PM on December 9, 2011


Why has it taken to practically the end of 2011 to get this? I mean, seriously, I can't imagine a time in my life when I didn't need this.
posted by tommasz at 1:43 PM on December 9, 2011 [5 favorites]


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posted by mazola at 1:43 PM on December 9, 2011 [6 favorites]


.....I was saying to Tarquin, "Old bean, pass me the cucumber sandwich and a bottle of mineral water", as we were looking at a Simply Delightful rendition of a chrysanthemum with morning dew on it, made from the most delicate exquisite lace embroidery, what was that you say, the internet? this site here? well, thats a tad vulgar, whyOH SMASH THAT GOOD DESTROY BURN BURN BURN LIKE EMPIRE SMASH BUTTON AGAIN PRESS BURN RAAAAAWWRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR GHUUUUUUUUUUUUURR
posted by lalochezia at 1:47 PM on December 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Some days, I just love the internet so much I could explode.
posted by mstokes650 at 1:50 PM on December 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


A+++ Would explode again.
posted by punkfloyd at 1:50 PM on December 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


Blowed up real good!
posted by Kabanos at 1:53 PM on December 9, 2011 [6 favorites]


I would prefer if the explosions packed a little more oomph and a little less gasoline.
posted by floam at 2:00 PM on December 9, 2011 [5 favorites]


I love that they are all apparently taken from cheesy Hollywood films.
posted by exogenous at 2:02 PM on December 9, 2011


ooooOOOO, I got a two-fer
posted by humboldt32 at 2:03 PM on December 9, 2011


Blowed up real good!

It just occurred to me to that watching this in the early 80s would have been the first time I ever heard the name of Michelangelo Antonioni.
posted by Trurl at 2:06 PM on December 9, 2011


I seemed to get 5 at once...
posted by jrochest at 2:06 PM on December 9, 2011


floam: "I would prefer if the explosions packed a little more oomph and a little less gasoline."

This is the first time I've been motivated to type "videos of things exploding" into google. I think one of the results will meet your criterion. (Warning: things - often cute - exploding)
posted by vanar sena at 2:06 PM on December 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


DO NOT PRESS THIS BUTTON AGAIN
posted by schmod at 2:07 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm giggling like a maniac!

THIS IS BEST THING EVAR!!1!!11!!!!!

KA-BOOOOOM!!!!!!! YAAARRRRR!!!

posted by Skygazer at 2:09 PM on December 9, 2011


I so need this.

I'm sending it to my 12 err...13.. year old nephew. It's his birthday. He's going to flip over this.

posted by Skygazer at 2:14 PM on December 9, 2011


Perfect in every way.
posted by Outlawyr at 2:15 PM on December 9, 2011


Eee hee hee hee hee this is even better than the Inception button!

Also it fits into my theory that the longer you spend on the internet the closer you become to a 14-year-old mentally eee hee hee hee hee BOOM
posted by furiousthought at 2:17 PM on December 9, 2011


Somewhere, Michael Bay is pulling a Mark Hammill:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
posted by Decimask at 2:18 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, I have to say the hand slapping down is immensely satisfying on its own.
posted by Decimask at 2:19 PM on December 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


This is actually exactly what I needed.
posted by chrillsicka at 2:20 PM on December 9, 2011


The Michael Bay Simulator
posted by indubitable at 2:20 PM on December 9, 2011 [4 favorites]


Recognize the arm?

Page description:
Do you like explosions? Of course you do. I feel stupid for even asking such a preposterous question. Here you go. Happy Holidays, The Old Spice Man
posted by cosmac at 2:21 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Made me think of my favorite cartoon button
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DUmoJNQK2o
posted by gonna get a dog at 2:22 PM on December 9, 2011


Wrap it up, guys, the internet has peaked. It's all downhill from here.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 2:26 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Old Spice Blue! With explosions! (I am totally okay with this.)
posted by disillusioned at 2:30 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wanted to see more of the Old Spice Guy.
posted by desjardins at 2:38 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


You are seeing him - explosions are his natural form.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:40 PM on December 9, 2011 [12 favorites]



DO NOT PRESS THIS BUTTON AGAIN
posted by schmod at 2:07 PM on December 9 [+] [!]


They basically just recreated the Portal experience, on a much smaller budget.
posted by Stagger Lee at 2:41 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Weird, I hit the button and the lights flickered in my house.
posted by desjardins at 2:41 PM on December 9, 2011


So is this an advertisement?
posted by Stagger Lee at 2:42 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I mean, it's advertising absolutely nothing but explosions. So, no. Not in the traditional sense. They built something to go viral, and that it has. People will talk about Old Spice as a lovely ancillary benefit, which is pretty much their point.
posted by disillusioned at 2:43 PM on December 9, 2011


Heh, on my fourth hit or so, I see a picture of two tanker trucks on a road. the center one explodes, and there is a delay. I think to myself "That would've totally blown up the second one if this was a video game", and as if my mind were being read, the second one explodes.

Also, I have to say the hand slapping down is immensely satisfying on its own.

So incredibly true!
posted by mysterpigg at 2:44 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


here's another good one:

Incredible Tank Battery Explosion
posted by smoothvirus at 2:46 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Needs more explosions, actually...I see now that it loops over the same set of videos over and over.

and yet, it is still satisfying!
posted by mysterpigg at 2:48 PM on December 9, 2011


Hostride The Whip Wrap it up, guys, the internet has peaked. It's all downhill from here.

Indeed, you speak truth. This is two one degree removed from OWW MY BALLS!! territory of cultural stagnation, and anyone who partakes of this is taking a metaphorical dump on 3000 years of culture and civilization.

A moment of silence is in order.



*Hangs head for ten seconds. Goes back to blowing shit up and laughing like a retarded spider monkey.*

posted by Skygazer at 2:49 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is fun but I am not sure what it does for Old Spice as a brand. It makes me laugh but I don't especially want to buy their deodorant or have increased affinity for them.
posted by lomcovak at 2:59 PM on December 9, 2011


Must be a guy thing.
posted by Melismata at 3:03 PM on December 9, 2011


Must be a guy thing.

I'm a guy, and I wasn't impressed.

*shrug*
posted by Sys Rq at 3:07 PM on December 9, 2011


This is two one degree removed from OWW MY BALLS!! territory of cultural stagnation, and anyone who partakes of this is taking a metaphorical dump on 3000 years of culture and civilization.

It's only a matter of time before the Violence Channel begins airing.

Brought to you by Carl's Jr. Carl's Jr., Fuck you.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 3:10 PM on December 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Pepsi phew?
posted by dhartung at 3:13 PM on December 9, 2011


Pepsi blew!
posted by mazola at 3:17 PM on December 9, 2011


Up, that is.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:17 PM on December 9, 2011


lomcovak: "This is fun but I am not sure what it does for Old Spice as a brand. It makes me laugh but I don't especially want to buy their deodorant or have increased affinity for them."

It is a curious question. For me, it doesn't make me especially want to buy their deodorant. But there is no commercial that is going to make me change deodorants -- marketing doesn't work like that for me, and despite how people often react to it -- or how it is often directed, I don't think it works that way for most people, especially because people -- and I don't just mean people in "my/our circle' are much more media savvy than we give them credit for when it really comes down to it. (And I definitely think they are more media savvy then most advertisting give them credit for.)

But it really does increase my affinity for the brand. It makes me want to like them, even if it's not going to change my behavior, and weirdly, these days, I think that matters more than we realize.

Also, BOOM mother fucker BOOM.

Spoiler: when it got to the point of multiple explosions, I was very very happy. And I also had the same reaction about the multiple tankers.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:37 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is fun but I am not sure what it does for Old Spice as a brand. It makes me laugh but I don't especially want to buy their deodorant or have increased affinity for them.

It's already gone massively viral and if even a fraction of the people who see/mention it point out it's part of the Old Spice Guy or the Old Spice Brand then the company has just created an insane amount of cultural imprint/free advertising for the cost of about six hours of design time and a hosting fee.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 3:56 PM on December 9, 2011


It's stuff like this that makes the internet great.
posted by caddis at 3:56 PM on December 9, 2011


Pretty sure the one with the two tanker trucks was filmed in Long Beach, CA. The cylindrical building is pretty recognizable and the building to the left of it in the explosion looks like it might match.
posted by Defenestrator at 4:02 PM on December 9, 2011


(To be more specific, it looks like it was filmed on the other side of the building on Seaside Way, but there's no street view back there)
posted by Defenestrator at 4:05 PM on December 9, 2011


XQUZYPHYR - It's already gone massively viral and if even a fraction of the people who see/mention it point out it's part of the Old Spice Guy or the Old Spice Brand then the company has just created an insane amount of cultural imprint/free advertising for the cost of about six hours of design time and a hosting fee.


Yup, Old Spice has been steadily working towards being less of "one of the many deodorant brands" to "that deodorant brand that makes amusing/cool/clever ads." You wouldn't think that would make a difference but with a cheap purchase like deodorant that doesn't usually involve tons of thought I guarantee there will be tons of people who will remember this difference in the Old Spice brand and use it as an easy way to make a choice.
posted by Defenestrator at 4:10 PM on December 9, 2011


I am disappointed. This does not run on my G5 Mac. It asks me to download Flash. I am seeing this occasionally on sites that don't check plugin versions correctly.
posted by charlie don't surf at 4:13 PM on December 9, 2011


I want to scroll the window over and see more of Terry Crews.
posted by FatherDagon at 4:19 PM on December 9, 2011


Love the site.
Still won't buy or use O.S.
Hate the smell of it.
But I love the site.
posted by lampshade at 4:22 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Stagger Lee: "
DO NOT PRESS THIS BUTTON AGAIN
posted by schmod at 2:07 PM on December 9 [+] [!]


They basically just recreated the Portal experience, on a much smaller budget.
"

Wasn't that originally a Douglas Adams gag?
posted by schmod at 4:46 PM on December 9, 2011


This is fun but I am not sure what it does for Old Spice as a brand. It makes me laugh but I don't especially want to buy their deodorant or have increased affinity for them.

AFAIK, deodorant is all basically the same shit. I expect that Old Spice comes from the same 55-gallon drums of DEODORANT, HUMAN, MALE that several other brands do.

But as long as (A) it doesn't cost any more than the other shit, (B) it smells more or less okay, and (C) they have awesome funny ads, you know what?

I'll buy their shit.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:17 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I hate to say this, but I was frankly rather underwhelmed by the explosions in question. They were all show and no force - kind of cosmetic explosions, more than devastating explosions. And while I guess those explosions are better than no explosions at all, a big red button of that calibre raises certain expectations. Best not to disappoint.
posted by bicyclefish at 5:30 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was also hoping for a bigger variety of explosions in numbers. But there is something compelling about that hand sort of floating over that button that cracks me up. It just screams "push me and fun stuff will happen".
posted by lampshade at 6:00 PM on December 9, 2011


I thought that we'd reached peak viral video.

I was wrong.
posted by brand-gnu at 6:04 PM on December 9, 2011


I like imagining possible dialogue for both Old Spice Guys:

"Look at the thing that you dislike. Now back to me. Now back to the thing. Now back to me. You're welcome." [PRESS]

"WHAT." [PRESS]
posted by BiggerJ at 6:09 PM on December 9, 2011


I played with this for three minutes before I realized I now had to hate myself.
posted by chemoboy at 6:11 PM on December 9, 2011


Well, I got side-tracked into the SCTV Farm Report, and from there into the Schmenge Brothers, and now it's 90 minutes later. Wow.
posted by hexatron at 6:35 PM on December 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


I still prefer this, the best ever impersonation of a bomb blast
posted by greenhornet at 7:44 PM on December 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


I don't see how this could be better.


Oh, wait.

(I haven't gotten it out of my head since nicepersonality posted it)
posted by Smedleyman at 8:48 PM on December 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


The only thing missing is someone walking away from it in slooooow motion.
posted by storybored at 8:52 PM on December 9, 2011


COOL GUYS DON'T LOOK AT EXPLOSIONS

(i'm not cool)
posted by hypersloth at 9:02 PM on December 9, 2011


what no Zabriskie Point?
posted by marvin at 9:57 PM on December 9, 2011


Sadly, Old Spice still smells like Stinky Old Man to me, and I would never want my husband to wear it.

The ads rock, though. Kudos.

**pushes explosion buttons 900 more times***
posted by emjaybee at 10:36 PM on December 9, 2011


Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion:

Crescent City, Illinois, 1970
Murdock, Illinois, 1983
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 11:32 PM on December 9, 2011


What, no computers? Let's fix that: PC Explosion Project: Part 2: Montage.
posted by cenoxo at 7:41 AM on December 10, 2011


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