Liquid Nitrogen Grenade

January 14th, 2012

I’m just going to assume this happened in a biology lab:


No gloves? Check.
No safety glasses? Check.
No lab coat? Check.
No sense? Check.
No fingers? Soon enough.

20 Responses to “Liquid Nitrogen Grenade”

  1. Paul Says:

    Actually, I like how he put on one latex glove before picking up the filled bottle.

    Safety first!

  2. Curious Wavefunction Says:

    I think there may have been some safety violations here.

  3. RandomPostDoc Says:

    It could also have happened in a physics lab.

  4. Chemjobber Says:

    That dude’s an effin idiot.

  5. Paul Says:

    A brown, semi-solid product was produced in multigram quantity.

  6. SpeedyGonzales Says:

    Ugh, I am going to be cringing for the rest of the day. Darwin awards (almost) in action.

  7. ajsp Says:

    my money says not a biology lab – they’re far too worried by handling ‘chemicals’: being approved to handle chloroform seems to be a big thing where i am for biologists

  8. Dr. Zoidberg Says:

    “A brown, semi-solid product was produced in multigram quantity.”

    Remnants of that guy’s hand?

  9. David P Says:


  10. Jon Says:

    I knew a lot of physics majors in college, so I’m thinking a physics lab. That’s the kind of thing they would do.

  11. Chemjobber Says:

    I’ve made dry ice bombs, sure. But picking the bottle up live is really, really dumb.

  12. Loïc Says:

    Judging by the other videos associated with the account this posted video on youtube, they seem to be more computer science types, using LN2 for cooling CPUs/GPUs.

    Filling a bottle with LN2 is one thing, but sealing it, picking it up, and then laughing when it explodes in his hand? That’s beyond stupid.

  13. wolfie Says:

    You have no confidence into the meaning of life. hooraih !

  14. AnotherPhysicist Says:

    In defence of the physicists I’d like to say that we do care about safety. Whenever I do things that are as stupid as the one from the vid I do use my left hand so in case sth goes wrong I’ll keep the good one.

  15. BlueBaron Says:

    From the writing on the “hydrant,” it looks like it was in China or Taiwan. At least we know that dumb is an international language.

  16. Matt Says:


  17. wolfie Says:

    Imagine SOPA were to censor a Wolfie. Horribile dictu.

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  19. Joel Says:

    Definitely not physicists. I have a couple physics undergraduates and they are the biggest scaredy-cats in the lab. Chemists are by far the most fearless at this stage.

    Free access LN2, dry ice and alkali metals tends to weed out the weak and foolhardy.

  20. Nick K Says:

    How that guy kept all his fingers I’ll never know. Beyond stupid.

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