Sun + Lens = Backyard Burn Zone

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YouTube / Grant Thompson

It's Saturday, it's sunny, let's see what a 2,000-degree solar ray can do. (Spoiler alert: you can melt pennies in your backyard using just a projection TV lens and a nearby star.)

Warning: do not try this at home, unless you're some dude on YouTube.

I'm frankly surprised Grant Thompson (or as I call him, Grantdor the Burninator) didn't burn his damn hands off trying this. Here's a bonus video in which Thompson starts a fire using three sheets of paper and a small bottle of water:

I think I've officially been blinded by science.

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March 9, 2013 - 10:00am
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