Earlier this month, YouTuber The Backyard Scientist took a page out of the MythBuster’s playbook and built a 150-MPH rocket-knife that absolutely annihilated anything that was put in front of it. (Including two types of meat, about a half-dozen different fruits, and
a partridge in a pear tree.) But when it came to superheating the rocket knife, something went wrong:
That’s right. The Backyard Scientist got burned…
But like any heroic person of science/lover of high-speed cutlery, The Backyard Scientist recovered from his twist-and-shout-inducing finger burn and got back in the saddle. The saddle here being a patch of grass next to a blow torch and a sharpened missile of death that can cut straight through a block of wood, as well as a big loaf of bread.
But even though the superheated rocket-knife absolutely destroyed anything put in front of it, the pièce de résistance, the crème de la crème of the rocket-knife victims, the… all the other French words, was the dozen lighters. It turns out that something burning at about 1000 degrees Fahrenheit turns a sudden pool of lighter fuel into a humongous ball of flame — like something out of Drogon’s or Bender Bending Rodriguez’s mouth.
What do you think about this 150-MPH superheated rocket-knife? What would you like to see it cut next? And is “Superheated Rocket Knives” the best band name you’ve ever heard? Let us know in the comments below!