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Watch: A Hot Ball Of Nickel Dropped In Water Makes Awesome Sounds

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A red-hot ball of nickel is about to put some sound effect technicians out of a job.

A YouTube video uploaded by user carsandwater shows the awesome sounds produced by dropping a hot ball of nickel into a pot of water.

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As soon as the ball hits the water, it makes a noise that sounds like two swords clashing together. Next, as a vapor zone around the ball collapses, it lets off a series of “pew-pew” sounds that seem like they’re straight out of a video game. Then, it makes a noise that sounds like a fighter jet is flying overhead.  I promise I’m not making this up!

The sounds are produced by a phenomenon called the Leidenfrost effect. The effect occurs when an object  that is significantly hotter than a liquid's boiling point is dropped into the liquid. The liquid forms an insulating vapor layer around the object to prevent itself from boiling too quickly.

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In the below video, the sounds are produced both when the Leidenfrost effect takes place and as it wears off.

Who knew a hot ball of nickel could be so cool? Check it out:

Sources: YouTube, Wikipedia