Emily Baines
Updated Jun 02, 2016 @ 12:59 pm
Credit: YouTube

The world is full of wonders. We’ve seen cats dressed as pirates, children giggling after trips to the dentist, and now this: a can of silly string being crushed by a hydraulic press.

Quick lecture:

As defined by Eric Limer at Popular Mechanics, a hydraulic press is “a closed system full of liquid with at least two pistons… [it] makes use of Pascal’s law to lift big heavy things with ease, or to crush things with impunity.”

End of lecture. (That wasn’t so bad, was it?)

The man behind the YouTube channel PressTube makes use of a homemade 150-ton hydraulic press located in a blacksmith’s workshop by crushing everything in his path… and we mean everything. It’s mesmerizing to watch. This video of a hydraulic press crushing nine different types of balls has over eight million views. And that’s just one of PressTube’s many, many videos.

But by far our favorite is this can of silly string in the throws of a good pressing, all the while making beautiful cotton candy of silly string. We’ve watched it multiple times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

We can’t wait to see what PressTube presses next!