Weekend Watch: This Hydraulic Press Channel Is Crushing It

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Okay, so the people behind the Hydraulic Press Channel aren’t actually making anything — in fact it’s quite the opposite. If you’re not familiar, this is a channel dedicated solely to videos of things being crushed in a hydraulic press — watches,alarm clocks, fruit, mobile phones, even other hydraulic presses.


Except, weirdly, paper. Or bowling balls. In one video, they use the press to take on the challenge of trying to fold a single piece of paper more than seven times. Not only did they fail the challenge, but the paper compressed into a brittle substance not unlike chalk – it shattered when they pressed it too many times.

Sure, what they’re doing is much more destructive than constructive, but who hasn’t ever misused a tool to explore, destroy, or amuse? The giggles alone as they watch modern household stuff be pressed into flat pucks are absolutely infectious — but watching how different materials behave under stress fascinates time and time again.



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