HOCKEY PUCK SQUISH (Real Time) under 82,000 lb Load

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Remember that hockey puck I squished? Here’s the real time footage paired up with the displacement vs. force curve. You can see that it’s ripping apart internally at certain spots. 

Smarter Every Day - 112 - Cold Hard Science: Slapshots In Slow Motion

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New Video!  Slow Motion Physics of a Slapshot!

The stick rigidity data collected by Dr. Evans and I is not a formal reflection on the manufacturers because the sticks were previously used and we could not find an ASTM standard to setup our test. The possibility exists that I put the support positions too close together, which would make the values lower. The players however gave us the sticks because they were “so used they were now flimsy”. Our data reflected this. If I had it to do over again I would test a new stick vs an old stick. Kettering University has done some research on this subject and we tried to setup our test apparatus similar to theirs. They applied the force to the foot of the stick. We applied the force to the center.
I thought this was a great video of a product that has normalized the process by constraining the 1 inch deflection measurement.

I shot the skaters with a Phantom MIRO LC320S made by Vision Research: Most speeds were around 3271 fps, but I shot the full body shot at 1200 fps.

Slow Motion sound design made by Gordon McGladdery, “A Shell In the Pit”. Gordon’s work is awesome, you should check it out. I like his music.

Hockey Stick Rigidity data plotted, and equations formatted into LaTeX format by Will Leahy:

"Whippness" Graphic, and shear moment diagrams by:
Emily Weddle Design

With thanks to:
My friend Dr. Jeff Evans. Tenured Mechanical Engineering professor at UAH
UAH Director of Hockey Operations Nick Laurila
The nameless UAH Hockey player

Smarter Every Day 111 - The Controversial Physics of Curling

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The Physics of Curling

I had no idea that the physics of curling was so complicated, controversial, and downright fascinating. Of course, Destin would be the one to show us that, right?

Check it out Smarter Every Day on YouTube (if for some reason there are a few of you out there that haven’t yet, which would be hard for me to believe)

Check out the Latest Smarter Every Day video!  Here’s a blurb on it from Joe Hanson from the itsokaytobesmart blog.  Also, this video is the announcement of the Smarter Every Day Patreon and Subbable campaigns!

Smarter Every Day- COLD HARD SCIENCE- The Physics of Skating on Ice (With SlowMo)

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ICE SKATING BLADES ARE NOT SHARPENED like a knife.  That’s one of several things I learned while making this video.  Ever wonder how Olympic skaters (Hockey, speed, figure) do it?  Here’s the technique and equipment used in ice skating.  I hope you enjoy it!

How to compress video using MPEG Streamclip (Great Freeware)

Mpeg Streamclip is Fantastic Freeware.
I’ve used it at least once on almost every video I’ve ever made.
I hope this is helpful to you. - Destin

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How Houdini DIED (in Slow Motion)

There is much speculation about the death of Houdini. Many of the detail remain mysterious. I hope you enjoy this look into the possibilities.

A special thanks to Mike Chang of SixPackShortcuts for letting me punch him in the gut has hard as I could. Check his stuff out:

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Learning about the Transmission Electron Microscope

This is Dr. Simmons teaching me about the Transmission Electron Microscope. I found it interesting.

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Smarter Every Day - episode 106 - Robot Butterflies FOR THE FUTURE - DEEP DIVE 3

Click to view Deep Dive #3 - Butterflies

Here are some Articles on the research:

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Smarter Every Day - 105 - THIS IS A BUTTERFLY! (Scanning Electron Microscope) - Part 2

The well manicured hand dropping the male Itaballia demophile lucania at the beginning belongs to Mr. Phil Torres. We were at the Tambopata research center in Peru.

Read more about how this works here:

Check out the images here:
Watch Part 1 here:

Music “Butterfly Rough” by A Shell In The Pit. You know Gordon’s music by now. It’s all good.

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Smarter Every Day 104 - The Magic of Butterfly Scales - Part 1

Music “Butterfly Rough” by A Shell In The Pit. You know Gordon’s music by now. It’s all good.

Be sure to visit Linden’s Flickr Page!

Butterfly Letters by the legendary Kjell Sandved.
He gave me “Smarter Every Day” for free when he found out what I was doing!

I purchased $65 worth of beautiful butterflies Ianni. They were very professional and easy to work with. Their website is great. I recommend working with them. They got me

If you remember Mr. John the butterfly farmer from Episode 96, He gave me the sunset moth!


Take a moment to read about butterfly scales

This is the microscope I bought

Focus Stacking

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Smarter Every Day 103 - Why are bugs attracted to light?

Filmed on location in the Rainforests of Eastern Peru. I was on a tour run by Rainforest Expeditions (

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Smarter Every Day 102 - Kinematics of Grasshopper Hops

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Constrained Grasshopper Hop @ 3000 FPS

Free Grasshopper Hop @ 2400 FPS

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Smarter Every Day - 93 - STRANGE but GENIUS Caterpillar Speed Trick

While in the Rainforest we discovered a “Caterpillar Turbo Mode” How much faster can a group of caterpillars travel than an individual caterpillar on the same course?

Here is the raw video of the encounter!:

I was on a tour run by Rainforest Expeditions (
Thanks to Rainforest Expeditions for inviting me down, if you’d like to go down to the Amazon Rainforest and see all of this for yourself check them out at

Phil Torres is the Conservation Biologist in the video who was wise enough to bring his books to the middle of the jungle! You can tweet Phil (
Here is Phil’s version of this video:

The music is an original work by Gordon McGladdery of A Shell in the Pit, who went to Peru with me.
Gordon had to pay for his flight down to Peru and hasn’t made his money back yet.
Please donate something in exchange for his awesome work!

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Smarter Every Day - 91 - Dragonfly Wings in Slow Motion & Close-Up

Filmed on location in the Rainforests of Eastern Peru. I was on a tour run by Rainforest Expeditions ( Please Share with your friends if you enjoyed it.

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The Infinite Zoetrope - Smarter Every Day 90

By the way, this video kind of just happened. It wasn’t planned at all. Next up, Dragonflies!

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