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Totally Blowing Shit Up Tuesdays: Building Go Bye-Bye

May 5, 2009

I don't really feel like putting a lot of effort into this week's blowing shit up entry. So, I figure what I lack in quality, I'll make up for in quantity. Thus, I give you a short movie filled with imploding buildings. I like the first one, especially, because it looks like everyone misjudged the amount of dust and debris that would be generated, and you can tell pretty much the exact moment when everyone in the shot is like "Oh shit!"

Basically, I'm a simple creature, and I like seeing things blow up. Or down, or in, or whatever preposition applies here. Rather than go for some Hollywood contrived piece of crap explosion, I've gone for the beautiful melding of explosives and gravity.

Somewhere in the middle--I think, I'm not sure--is where they took down one of the buildings in downtown Raleigh a few years back. I can't be sure, but it does look familiar, at the very least.


So, there you have it. No science lessons or chemical equations or anything. Just good, old-fashioned ingenuity and civil de-engineering!

Also, I quite enjoy the Nine Inch Nails song that accompanies the footage. Too bad the footage and the song don't exactly sync up, but I still like it.

Oh, and go check out Scope's entry into the fray. All I can say is, "Thar she blows!"

14 comments:

Kristine said...

Wanna blow up my cats?

Scope said...

I love implosions. I was watching a show on History a few years back where they shows what happens when people who don't know what they're doing try it. The two buildings fell and leaned against eachother after two tries, and then they just ended up taking it down with a wrecking ball.

Some Guy said...

Awesome! I love this stuff.

Eric said...

When demolishing buildings, explosives are such a better choice than lasers, I imagine.

Gwen said...

Dangit! Can't see the vid here at work but I'll come back because I love it when shit blows up. Or down. Or in.

LiLu said...

I swear, B would watch stuff explode for hours. They're his favorite parts of Myth Busters.

Must be a guy thing...

The Ambiguous Blob said...

I like science. It works. Also, I like watching shit blow up.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

@ Kristine: I dunno. Where's the incentive?

@ Scope: I think I watched that same one. Or, at least, I've seen something about building implosions gone wrong, which is why I chose to celebrate the civil de-engineering that these folks have done.

@ Some Guy: I couldn't agree more.

@ Eric: I dunno. The Death Star did a pretty good job destroying the buildings on Alderaan.

@ Guenos Dias!: I'm sorry. I have the same issue at work, plus, my speakers don't work, so even when people send me stuff to view, I just sort of sit here and shrug.

@ LiLu: Mine, too. Oh, no, wait. Kari Byron is my favorite part. Oh, no, wait. Kari Byron's boobs are my favorite part.

@ Ambiguous Blob: You should come hang out in my lab sometime. I can remedy that whole "Science works" notion of yours.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

I'm really begining to like the blowing shit up stuff!

That was cool!

BeckEye said...

You should host a real-life version of that SCTV show where Joe Flaherty and John Candy just blew shit (and people) up and went, "Whoa! He blowed up real good!"

words...words...words... said...

My favorite part was when the buildings fell down.

Nej said...

They took a building down in Omaha not too long ago.....the building right next door was told to evacuate everything, in case there was an issue. Chances were good it wouldn't make it.

They refused to listen, and lost everything. They guy had made so many enemies in the city, that people were actually cheering when it took his building down too.

I didn't care either way, it's just fun watching things blow up and fall down. :-)

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

There's something magical about implosions...

I love the first one, where the cops run away and hide.

~E said...

You know they have this show...on Discovery...I think it's called Demolition Men. Pretty interesting.