Pouring molten aluminum into a watermelon might seem like a meaningless thing to do, but it can actually produce an interesting result.
A YouTuber known as the the Backyard Scientist made an interesting discovery in a viral video that’s already received over 9 million views.
The scientist explained in the clip, “What happened is the aluminum found little channels throughout the watermelon that connected the seed chambers to each other, and this caused this awesome casting to happen.”
The result is a unique piece of art.
As he explained in the description, “I don’t know why my brain jumped to watermelon, but I’m glad it did. What was going to be a way to waste the afternoon turned into an amazing discovery!”
As Time Magazine reported, the YouTuber thought that the molten aluminum would hit the colder water inside the watermelon and explode — that’s what some of the fans thought, too. But, those expectations fell short.
Instead, the science enthusiast got an aluminum statue that rivals anthill art in its complexity.
The Huffington Post reports that in 2013, a series of viral videos showing people pouring molten aluminum into anthills went viral on YouTube. The video makers would dig up the aluminum casting afterward to show intricate metal sculptures that revealed every passage and room in the once lively ant colony.
Could aluminum watermelon art be the next big thing in playing with molten metals?
If it is, people should be sure to take plenty of precautions, or just leave it to the professionals.
Remember, it might look interesting in the end, but as the backyard scientist pointed out, pouring aluminum into a watermelon smells terrible.
[Image Credit: YouTube]