Watching CDs Explode at 170,000 FPS is Better Than Fireworks

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Adding more credence to the notion that everything is better in slow motion, the Slow Mo Guys strapped a compact disk to a vacuum cleaner motor and spun it up to 23,000 RPM. At that speed the disk simply disintegrated under the forces, and thankfully the duo's high-speed camera was there to capture the destruction at 170,000 FPS.

At regular speed the CD simply disappears in the blink of an eye, but in slow motion the resulting explosion looks like a Fourth of July fireworks celebration. It's just too bad we all tossed our AOL CDs back in the day, they could have been used to stage quite a high-speed spectacle.