What Happens When You Take A Surfboard 660M Below The Surface?
“We’re at 17 atmosphere of pressure now and this thing has turned into a banana peel”
On April 8, 2016, BuzzFeed live streamed a person wrapping a watermelon in elastic bands until the pressure caused it to explode. During the 45-minute stream, the event peaked at over 800,000 live watchers on Facebook. Millions more have watched it since.
Yes, our capacity to spend our finite bandwidth on silly, unimportant things is apparently endless, but also quite funny. The week after its release, the watermelon test was parodied on The Tonight Show – who had attempted the feat previously in 2015, but were forced to cut the segment because it took too long.
Yesterday Chemistry Surfboards based out of Oceanside, CA, released a video that involved tying a surfboard to a submarine, and plunging more than half a kilometer into the deep blue sea off the Carribean.
The results are predictably amusing, as are many comments. Here are some highlights.
- @Simjrees: “Thanks for the info! I’ll be sure not to duck dive down more than 14 meters”
- @Ralphontop: “Board for sale. Only a couple minor pressure dings. Watertight though.”
- @Callalilysurf: “There’s easier ways to do bottom contours.”
One of the passengers onboard, Max Vanderhuls divulged he later took the surfboard for the surf and managed to do a floater. “We couldn’t believe it actually worked,” he said.
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