A video that transcends any language barrier
February 15, 2016 12:29 AM   Subscribe

 
I have no idea how this cat even conceived of such a stunt, let alone purrsuaded its humans to carry it out, but that was cool.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:07 AM on February 15, 2016 [10 favorites]


I felt bad for Sad Friend Who Walks in Circles to Keep Warm.

Also, thanks, guys, for letting me know what would happen if I did this! Now I can resist the temptation to try it myself. (Not the first time crazy Russians on YouTube have saved me from danger and/or embarrassment!)
posted by mmoncur at 1:13 AM on February 15, 2016 [7 favorites]


That cat is the best fast-taking narrator ever:

Now we're going to make a serviceable antenna out of a pair of headphones ... ?

I really like the quick pacing and steady camera in the intro to the sparklers video, it makes all the difference in the world.

(Not the first time crazy Russians on YouTube have saved me from danger and/or embarrassment!)

With a bit of tape, much more danger and/or embarrassment!
posted by sebastienbailard at 1:24 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I enjoyed the view of the 10,000 sparklers from the height of the flight of a swallow.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 1:31 AM on February 15, 2016 [8 favorites]


That cat can be chief engineer on my starship any day.

Anyone know what the music was?
posted by bryon at 1:31 AM on February 15, 2016




God bless America.
posted by kdar at 1:39 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


As an Australian, seeing them perform this in the middle of a field full of dry vegetation was... stressful.
posted by snap, crackle and pop at 2:16 AM on February 15, 2016 [30 favorites]


Started my day with a smile! Perfect delivery.
posted by mightshould at 2:46 AM on February 15, 2016


As an Australian, seeing them perform this in the middle of a field full of dry vegetation was... stressful.

Yeah, as a resident of the western US desert it worried me to. Two fire extinguishers? They're lucky that was enough.
posted by mmoncur at 3:00 AM on February 15, 2016 [6 favorites]


As another Australian, yes I thought it was intensely foolish, but then I saw they knew this and prepared. Wow big column of flame.

Here's a song for the other Aussies.
posted by adept256 at 3:39 AM on February 15, 2016


"The flame was so broad and narrow."

Fire is really made of paradoxes.
posted by 1adam12 at 3:40 AM on February 15, 2016 [11 favorites]


but then I saw they knew this and prepared.

Well, they didn't want to have to stamp the fire out with their feet, "like the last time."
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:52 AM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


What substances is the cat telling us to mix in this video to make the gel-balls?

Its sodium alginate + calcium chloride; the magic word for recipes is spherification. I made some in college out of cheap bourbon, which was cool, except for the weird skin covered things that tasted of cheap bourbon.
posted by apathy0o0 at 4:53 AM on February 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


snap, crackle and pop: "As an Australian, seeing them perform this in the middle of a field full of dry vegetation was... stressful."

I live in the land of perpetual rain but my in-laws live in California where something as innocuous as a dragging muffler can accidentally set the hills on fire so all that dried grass definitely looked scary to me.
posted by octothorpe at 4:58 AM on February 15, 2016


Well, they didn't want to have to stamp the fire out with their feet, "like the last time."

It would have been Arizona all over again
posted by bitteroldman at 5:10 AM on February 15, 2016


Before 'hoping to save from hellfire' I was so relieved they prepared me mentally by blowing up such a cracker.
posted by Gotanda at 5:40 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Oh those wacky Russians.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:38 AM on February 15, 2016


Oh those wacky Russians.

Australians did it first, as chronicled in lovely 1990s HTML.
posted by Scienxe at 6:58 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I did something similar years ago, inspired by the page Scienxe linked to.

Mine was a bit smaller, I'd say about 1/5th as many sparklers, but still impressive to see in person.

Also I did it in winter, and the snow helped a lot in preventing grass fire.
posted by RobotHero at 7:21 AM on February 15, 2016


I am not a fuck-with-fire sort of person but I kind of want to do this..
posted by INFJ at 7:23 AM on February 15, 2016


Some days you are happy nephew and some days you are sad companion, walking in circles to keep warm.
posted by NoMich at 7:29 AM on February 15, 2016 [17 favorites]


What days are you chief engineer sitting in pot protected from hellfire?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:31 AM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


I too have made a sparkler bomb inspired by the page Scienxe liked; very cool, but went really fast compared to the time it takes to put together. Also, you end up with a red hot mass of wires that takes a few hours to cool. I like the name "Bengal candles" for sparklers. I'm going to start using it and see if it catches on.
posted by TedW at 7:40 AM on February 15, 2016


I love the "I" missing from "WHAT IF, SET FIRE TO 10 000 SPARKLERS!" It reminds me of the one he might have lost if he hadn't backed away in time.
posted by anothermug at 7:50 AM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


No, my friends, nothing involving 10,000 sparklers will never be undertaken "in vain," although worse results (like "the last time" we are all wondering about) may ensue.
posted by kozad at 9:21 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Hurray for the sad friend with the cracker!

(Please play safe with fire. WHAT IF, SET FIRE TO EVERYTHING?)
posted by BlueHorse at 9:40 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


This was much, much funnier than it had any right to be.

Today, am happy nephew.
posted by RedOrGreen at 9:48 AM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


Australians did it first, as chronicled in lovely 1990s HTML.

MeFi's own Australian, to boot. His blog is really entertaining, but hasn't been updated nearly enough in the past year or so.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:11 AM on February 15, 2016


Anyone know what the music was?

Soundhound can't find it and Siri crashes when I ask her. It shall be known as The Nameless Song That Dare Not Speak Its Name Or Even Be Named, Seriously Don't Even Try.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:28 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


It's no Tsar Bomba but still made me yell "GET BACK! YOU MUPPET." Jesus, my hands are sweating.
posted by Acey at 10:47 AM on February 15, 2016


Leave it to the Russians to make a mega Sparkler Bomb
posted by ShawnString at 10:49 AM on February 15, 2016


Oh, it's a fougasse.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 11:00 AM on February 15, 2016


Oh dear. From the title of another of his videos the Russian language seems to have picked up the word "ЛАЙФХАКОВ", pronounced /laifḥakov/, which I guess means "relating to lifehacks". Am sad companion.
posted by benito.strauss at 11:47 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Yeah, let me tell you about the time I was sitting next to a dude who thought it'd be awesome to light an entire box of sparklers (a dozen?) off in his hand at the same time. I was luckily unharmed, and he ended up at the emergency room with his fingers stuck together.
posted by Windigo at 12:09 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


You can search YouTube for dozens of similar stunts. Also, check out what large quantities of firecrackers looks like. Bottle Rockets.
posted by Chuffy at 12:13 PM on February 15, 2016


My link upthread showed that if you wrap a bundle with tape in just the right way you get an explosion and not just sparks.

Although I got the heebie jeebies watching the original video folk assembling the sparklers inside a dwelling and not in some place non-flammable.
posted by sebastienbailard at 1:44 PM on February 15, 2016


I was wondering about that explosion. Seems to me that its not that hard to create a bomb. Did they commit a crime by doing that?
posted by Roger Dodger at 2:01 PM on February 15, 2016


Crime no committed, forgive much oddness. Operated in peace.
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:33 PM on February 15, 2016


Seems to me that its not that hard to create a bomb. Did they commit a crime by doing that?

In the video where they cheerfully blew up the old car with the tape-wrapped sparklers, what they did was a crime in the US and (probably) in their state:

...
Bomb-Making Is Illegal

Of course, you probably don't need to be told that it's illegal to try to detonate a car or truck filled with explosives. If federal prosecutors can build a case against him, Shahzad likely will be charged with numerous crimes. These may include charges of making and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and terrorism under laws such as the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

You don't need to make big, mobile bombs like Shahzad's, or even try to use one, to get into legal trouble, either. There are federal laws making it illegal to make or possess a destructive device. This covers practically everything from the pipe bombs you hear about frequently to "molotov cocktails" - bottles filled with gas or other fluid that are thrown after lighting a rag wick.

Many states have similar laws making it illegal to make or possess bombs.

posted by sebastienbailard at 8:14 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


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