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A Toilet Destroyed by Hydraulic Press Makes Us Ponder Why We Love These Videos

For the first time ever a man completely destroyed a toilet and it made everyone happy.

This thing should write itself. Our favorite YouTube channel of needless destruction, the Hydraulic Press Channel, headed to the bathroom to find inspiration (who doesn’t) and then applied a lot of pressure into ruining a toilet, a roll of toilet paper, and a soap dispenser.

Yet, instead of celebrating the only enjoyable obliteration of a porcelain throne we can think of, we suddenly find ourselves mediating on why we find these hydraulic press videos so satisfying at all. Why do they leave us feeling so relieved at the end of them? Why are they a chance to unload so much frustration and problems?

The press’ owner has crushed so many disparate items–cameras, toothpaste, watermelon–that it can’t be the items themselves. So it must be the two things every one of these videos have in common.

The first is the actual crushing of something. There is something innately satisfying about (safely) destroying things. It’s why kicking over your sand castle before leaving the beach is the best part of making one. It’s why everyone cheers when the Jenga tower comes down. It’s why they still make Godzilla movies. Basically we are all big kids who still get a kick out of hitting things with a mallet.

The second is the stupidity. These are inherently stupid, but in the best way possible, and there’s a huge place in the world for that kind of mindless, harmless, fun silliness. Sometimes we learn things from these videos (paper is really strong), but without fail we laugh at all of them. Crushing things with a hydraulic press doesn’t make sense, and that’s why it makes total sense. It is silly for the sake of being silly.

This is a channel that works on a very easy, satisfying level, and that’s why we love watching these videos, and why we love bringing them to you.

Plus, it was a lot of fun to make jokes about ruining a toilet.

Which video from this channel is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.

Image: Hydraulic Press Channel

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