Have You Seen This? 1,000 mousetraps on a trampoline

Posted May 16

THE BACK YARD — A man jumps onto a trampoline with 1,000 set mousetraps on top, and it’s obviously awesome.

To catch you up, this video is presented by the Slo Mo Guys—two British blokes (named Gavin and Dan) who are self-proclaimed “backyard scientists” that do interesting or ridiculous “science projects” and film them in slow motion.

During the life of their YouTube channel, they’ve done some amazing things that none of us should ever try at home. (Also this article is not posted to encourage anyone to do their stunts at home.) Let’s just say there’s a lot of paint splatters and explosions as well as a fair amount of bullets going through fruit and other items. Think lower-budget Myth Busters.

“There’s so many incredible moments that you can’t see with your own eyes, so we like to show you,” they say of their videos in a trailer for their YouTube channel.

I, for one, am certainly glad they do. Watching chemical reactions, chain reactions, and destruction of inanimate objects in slow motion is almost always fascinating. It’s sort of like looking at physics through a microscope because you can see so much more than you can normally see.

This time, these two well-prepared fools set up 1,000 armed mouse traps on a trampoline, and then Dan jumps right into the center of the whole thing. Yes, the traps go off spectacularly; yes, it makes an awesome sound; and no, Dan is not particularly hurt during the stunt. The whole thing speaks to my inner child curiosity in ways I wasn’t sure were possible anymore.

If none of that convinces you to watch the video, maybe a little advice from Ferris Bueller will help: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

Martha Ostergar is a writer who delights in the ridiculous that internet serves up, which means she's more than grateful that she gets to cruise the web for amazing videos to write about. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.


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