Engineering Nightmare: Video Shows Why You Shouldn’t Make a Supersonic Steel Whip
We won't lie. We love us some Kyle Hill. The self-proclaimed 'science nerdist' takes on all kinds of entertaining and original topics such as explaining why you don't want the power of flight and why invisibility is a terrible thing.
In a recent video of his, Hill tested how dangerous a steel whip is. In the end, he mostly ended up breaking open a few oranges and tomatoes.
Now, he decided to take this experiment a step further and make the steel whip supersonic. This means that it would actually break the speed of sound which in the air is about 1,125 ft/s (343 mt/s).
To achieve this, he has his so-called weapons maker make a special steel whip with a good handle. He even shares a video of a guy actually achieving the speed of sound with his metal whip so we would venture a guess that it is highly likely that Hill can do it too.
So, does he finally achieve his lofty goal? We won't tell you that. You have to watch the video to find out. We will tell you that he takes on many tries, even occasionally hurting himself in the process. Ouch!