Popular YouTube user Carsandwater did it again, this time using his signature nickel ball to mess around with gasoline and liquid nitrogen.
Once the nickel ball has been cooled in the liquid nitrogen, the man in the video named Matthew Neuland, drops it into a bucket of gasoline, and a thin layer of ice forms around the ball. Neuland can’t get this ice to ignite, though, so he ditches the nickel ball altogether and drops a spoonful of gasoline straight into the liquid nitrogen. This creates a strangely malleable crystal that Neuland is able to set in fire.
Neuland has been performing home experiments with a super-heated nickel ball for ages. Recently he’s begun expanding his repertoire with liquid nitrogen and the “Super Cooled Nickel Ball” videos. Neuland, who has no scientific training at all, is often just as surprised by his results as his viewers. Indeed, curiosity is very, very morbid for this man!
In a recent interview, he assured himself and the viewers that he takes several safety precautions, but it’s still sort of a miracle he hasn’t lost a finger or two by now.
Perhaps the weirdest part of his newest video is when he reverses his previous experiment, dropping the liquid nitrogen into the gasoline. The nitrogen ping-pongs inside the bucket, leaving an amusing fizzy trail in the shape of a perfect pentagram.