Gadgets for humans

Scientist builds giant mousetrap, obliterates everything with it

Sometimes we don’t need the latest high-tech gadget to feel fulfilled. Seeing something low-tech can give us the same degree of satisfaction. And it doesn’t get more humble than the simple mousetrap.

YouTuber The Backyard Scientist built a super-sized version of a mousetrap to take care of a raccoon problem. The combination of wood, tempered steel, and a giant spring doesn’t actually snap shut on any raccoons in the video, but it does crush pretty much everything else, including styrofoam heads, water melons, non-Newtonian substances, and an exploding volcano.

This falls under the same category of videos that contains things getting crushed under a hydraulic press, or things getting cut in half with a super-heated knife — I watch it and get the feeling that some engineering went into it, but my upper brain can’t work harder than my gleeful lower brain while I’m watching.

Published May 4, 2017 — 22:46 UTC