How Dangerous is a Penny Dropped From a Skyscraper?

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This video is sponsored by Brilliant. You can get started for free, or the first 200 people to sign up via brilliant.org/veritasium get 20% off a yearly subscription. Check out Adam Savage's video: elvids.com/video/%CE%B2%CE%AF%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%B5%CE%BF-h_zytOcMwys.html

A massive thanks to Adam Savage and the whole Tested Crew - especially Kristen Lomasney, Ryan Kiser, and Joey Fameli. Thank you so much for coming out to the desert with us, and for inviting us to your cave! Check out the video we made with them on their channel - elvids.com/video/%CE%B2%CE%AF%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%B5%CE%BF-h_zytOcMwys.html

Another huge thanks to iFly Ontario for letting us shoot in your amazing windtunnel. Special thanks to Diana Rios, Treasa Telle, Michelle Brumley for having us and Anthony Jones, Torrell Henderson and Nate Roth for being great instructors. iFly run STEM education trips, where you can experience terminal velocity first hand - www.iflyworld.com/programs/st...

Thanks to Inland Empire Film Services and the San Bernardino County Film Office for portions of the video shot in the County of San Bernardino.

The raindrop video is from Alistair McClymont’s gorgeous artwork “Raindrop” - ​​ alistairmcclymont.com/artwork...

Video of the raindrop breaking apart is from the coolest paper i’ve read in a while - Villermaux, E., & Bossa, B. (2009). Single-drop fragmentation determines size distribution of raindrops. Nature physics, 5(9), 697-702. - ve42.co/Villermaux

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Red Bull Stratos - ve42.co/RBStratos

Quealy, K., Sanger-KatzIn, M. (2015). In Other Countries, You’re as Likely to Be Killed by a Falling Object as by a Gun. New York Times. - ve42.co/NYTFallingObject

National Safety Council. (2022). Struck by Objects. - ve42.co/NSCStruck

Williams, A. (2019). What are your chances of being killed by hail in the US? - ve42.co/Williams2019

NewScientist. (2021). Can bullets fired upwards cause injuries when they return to earth? - ve42.co/CelebratoryGunFire

Chambers, J. (2020). Meet the Flechette - the Deadliest Weapon of World War I? - ve42.co/Flechette

Wikipedia. Lazy Dog (bomb). - ve42.co/LazyDog

Gläser, N., Kneubuehl, B. P., Zuber, S., Axmann, S., Ketterer, T., Thali, M. J., & Bolliger, S. A. (2011). Biomechanical examination of blunt trauma due to baseball bat blows to the head. Journal of Forensic Biomechanics, 2 - ve42.co/Glaser2011

Yoganandan, N., Pintar, F. A., SANCES JR, A. N. T. H. O. N. Y., Walsh, P. R., Ewing, C. L., Thomas, D. J., & Snyder, R. G. (1995). Biomechanics of skull fracture. Journal of neurotrauma, 12(4), 659-668.

New York Times. (2014). Falling Tape Measure Kills Man at Jersey City Construction Site - The New York Times - ve42.co/NYTTapeMeasure

IMDb. (2006). "MythBusters" Bullets Fired Up (TV Episode). - ve42.co/MBgunfire

Special thanks to: Elliot MIller, Louis Lebbos, RayJ Johnson, Brian Busbee, Jerome Barakos M.D., Amadeo Bee, TTST, Balkrishna Heroor, Chris LaClair, John H. Austin, Jr., OnlineBookClub.org, Matthew Gonzalez, Eric Sexton, john kiehl, Nathan Lanza, Diffbot, Gnare, Dave Kircher, Burt Humburg, Blake Byers, Dumky, Evgeny Skvortsov, Meekay, Bill Linder, Paul Peijzel, Josh Hibschman, Mac Malkawi, Michael Schneider, jim buckmaster, Juan Benet, Robert Blum, Sunil Nagaraj, Richard Sundvall, Lee Redden, Stephen Wilcox, Marinus Kuivenhoven, Michael Krugman, Cy 'kkm' K'Nelson, Sam Lutfi, Ron Neal

Written by Petr Lebedev, Derek Muller, and Emily Zhang
Filmed by Derek Muller, Trenton Oliver, Petr Lebedev, Emily Zhang, Raquel Nuno and Eddie Lopez
Animation by Ivy Tello, Mike Radjabov, Fabio Albertelli, and Jakub Misiek
Edited by Trenton Oliver and Derek Muller
FPV Drone Pilots: Sammie Saing and Josh Ewalt
Slow Motion Camera: Shawn Sanders and Anthony Corrales
Phantom slow motion camera & lenses provided by Panny Hire L.A
Helicopter Pilots: Rick Shuster and Cliff Fleming
Helicopter Safety Officer: Ryan Hosking
Production Assistants: Roman Bacvic and Eddie Lopez
Research Assistant: Katie Barnshaw
Additional video/photos supplied by Pond5 and Getty Images
Music from Epidemic Sound
Produced by Derek Muller, Petr Lebedev, and Emily Zhang

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As a Physics undergrad, this video scared me because for the first time, we saw that air resistance isn't negligible.
Imagine being an archeologist in the future and coming across hundreds of extremely rare and valuable ancient coins in the middle of a desert with no explanation
12 Klock
12 Klock Πριν ώρα
The most mind-blowing thing about this video is the fact that it was somehow stretched into a 20 minute ordeal.
Jeff L
Jeff L Πριν 4 ώρες
History will show in the future that these ancient coins were left in the desert during a time of abundant change.
Vuoiy Dui
Vuoiy Dui Πριν 28 ημέρες
You know you've reached a specific level of ELvidsr when you have a mythbuster on your show. This brought back so many memories from my teens.
Jean Q Nguyen
Jean Q Nguyen Πριν 4 ώρες
A drop so high I’m guessing final velocity might cause a damaging impact
Adam Savage’s Tested
This was SO fun. Can't wait to collaborate again!
26magicman26 Πριν 9 ώρες
A penny won't hurt, but if you drop a quarter, its 25 times more deadly. The math adds up bro 🤔
Mario Q
Mario Q Πριν 7 ώρες
I cant wait to get to the tallest building in new york and drop a penny just to slightly miss by 2 meters and traumatized a random person that was walking on the side walk
J Gordon
J Gordon Πριν 2 ώρες
In theory once a penny has reached terminal velocity it's not going to increase in speed
Leonie Brittain
I am 71 and never even passed my O’level maths, but found this fascinating, giving names to forces that I only intuited were there. Those experiments looked such fun, were such fun, because they were experiential, leading to unexpected outcomes. There is such joy in learning like this, seeking the “why?” Or “how come?” after the event. It is ultimately playful, it seems to me. Thank you!
Technicyan Πριν 4 ώρες
In 500 years someone will walk around here with a metal detector wondering what in the heckie happened
Michael White
I have a feeling Adam knows where everything is in his warehouse. It may look like a mess but it’s organized.
Savanna Gourley
Savanna Gourley Πριν 2 ώρες
this is amazing. all i can say.
E C Πριν 18 ώρες
What if they dropped the bucket by mistake?
Thank you so much for this mini-mythbusters episode, really brought back a lot of vibes I haven't felt in a long time. Something about watching how excited Adam (and yourself) get while performing experiments is so naturally fun, I hope you two continue to collab in the future, unleash the chaos haha
Rokesh P
Rokesh P Πριν 9 ώρες
I was like "dude just don't die". Crazy experiment.
Raphael Kepinski
It's moving to see Adam in this. I grew up with Mythbusters and he hasn't lost any of his verve and enthusiasm.
Ruben Eihwaz
Ruben Eihwaz Πριν ημέρα
When hiking in Costa Rica we found a waterfall that had a little nook behind the water. The way water was pushing the air up in the nook was exactly the right force to make the water float. So you'd lean back into that nook and watch these floating droplets swirling before you. It was totally out of this world
Selina Πριν 21 ώρα
I was 8 in 2003 and I’m so lucky to have grown up watching living science on tv. God bless the mythbusters.
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