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As some of you know, Cracked has undertaken a project to show you all sorts of awesome yet deadly experiments people have done at home, specifically so you won't feel the need to do them yourselves. Please, enjoy the fruits of their labor and don't start taking apart your own microwave to see if you can build a railgun out of it.

After all, these bold-slash-insane experimenters risked serious injury or death to bring you...

Plasma Speakers

You know what sucks about speakers? They rarely, if ever, kill anyone. So what if you wanted to blast your music and risk a horribly violent yet quick death? Some enterprising folks on YouTube have done that exact thing.


The guys building these online use PVC, some electronics and an MP3 player. Basic soldering skills and a knowledge of electronics also help, but when it comes to making horribly dangerous knick-knacks in the home, any kind of pertinent knowledge base can only hinder your success.

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It turns out that taking the electrical signal that would normally be used by a speaker and arcing it through the air not only produces sound, but makes it clearer than conventional speakers. The discharge moves air molecules, just like a traditional magnetic speaker. Only if you bump into it, you may never grow nut-hair again. So there's that.

Make a (Deadly) Pickle Lamp

"Hey, a pickle! Wonder if there's some way I can turn that into a light bulb," is something you've probably wondered while stoned out of your mind. Well, we have good news: If you were planning to use pickles to provide mood lighting for your next party, the Internet is here for you.


You need a pickle, some wire, a power source, something with which to impale the pickle on both ends and preferably a frame to hold it. You could use your hand, but that will lead to less pickle glowing and more you dying. Once that's set, you plug it all together, and if you did it right, the pickle glows. Turn off the lights and put on some Barry White to get the full effect.

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As explained here, the electricity dries out the ends of the pickle (much like time will do to your dong) and then arcs through the briny pickle center (which may not happen to your dong), turning it into a tasty sodium vapor lamp. Although you may be tempted to try and eat a dried out, electrified pickle, we highly recommend unplugging it before doing so. Apparently, the plugged in pickle can kill you.

It's just like mom always said, "A plugged in pickle can kill you." And, in case you weren't sure of it already, apparently glowing pickles prove Christianity is the one true religion.

Behold, sinners, the salty Cucumis Sativus. Ye, it glows and foretells thy doom. -Rev. 19:22

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Make Levitation a Reality

If we said you could build your own levitating ion drive, you would probably call us dirty, lying bastards. However, thanks to YouTube, we can assure you it's quite possible and it's relatively easy--although somewhat of a let down if you were imagining turning your car into a landspeeder from Star Wars.


Surprisingly, all you need is a power source, some wires, a light frame and some foil. Wikipedia actually explains how to build one, and a trip to the hobby store should cost you less than 20 bucks. Imagine the chicks that will line up to see your awesome levitating foil (of death. More on that in a bit)

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The design of the ionocraft, as they are called by people who rarely touch boobs, causes an electric field that ionizes the air around it, and pushes it downward, lifting the frame. Remember the death mentioned above? Well, believe it or not, this is more dangerous than the pickle.

It's like magic! And kind of dorky.

Not only is there omnipresent risk of being electrocuted to death, but you don't want to breathe too much around your little anti-gravity device. The ionic discharge that lifts the craft is ozone, which can fuck up your day. There is also the apparent risk of an arc at any given moment, which will turn your little flying machine into an unpredictable, floating Tesla coil. Which will then kill you.

Make a Thunderstorm In Your Microwave

Everyone knows that if you put metal in a microwave, fun happens. Awesome, face-burning fun. What many of us don't know is that there are many objects that, when put in a microwave, bring you one step closer to home-brewing your own plasma weapons.

Those "eye of the storm" gadgets from Spencer's Gifts and other stores that sell birthday cards with fat naked women are pretty cool, but what if there was a way to make them cooler? And by cooler, we mean really dangerous and possibly destructive?


Just put the ball in the microwave, turn it on and wait for extremely dangerous awesome to occur.

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The plasma ball works normally by filling the inner ball with electricity, which then travels through neon or some other gas that glows to the outer globe and discharges. When you put your hand on it, you provide a conduit for the electricity. When you put it in the microwave, the microwaves create "holy fuck" levels of electricity which then goes batshit.

You might want to note that the video mentions that they took out three microwaves before this successful try, so, you know, make sure you have alternate means for heating burritos.

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Blow Shit Up

With electricity we tend to over-emphasize its awesome ability to fry the shit out of things, but downplay its equally awesome ability to make shit explode.

Have you ever seen what happens when lightning strikes a tree? Well, you can do that on a small scale with your favorite produce.


All you need is a capacitor--the video here is using one from a defibrillator (NOTE: DO NOT STEAL A DEFIBRILLATOR FROM AN AMBULANCE TO BLOW UP FRUIT)--some wires and some potatoes or apples. Hook the wires up to the capacitor, and up to some kind of conductor stuck in the fruit and/or vegetable, and stand back.

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When enough electricity, say the amount used to restart a human heart, is pumped into something moist yet otherwise poorly conducting and not in need of having its heart restarted, like a tater, it meets resistance. Resistance is what makes a light bulb glow, except in this case there is significantly more electricity that's delicious potato instead of moderately tasty filament.

The gritty remake of Toy Story.

We like to think that if Edison had discovered this first, the light bulb would have been invented as the world's most badass potato masher.

Make a Frankenfrog

We have already showed you how to make a zombie, but sometimes you just want to play God in a more hilarious way. While you will probably get stopped at the door of the mortuary if you tried to leave with body parts, nobody minds at all if you play around with dead frogs. And that is just what Garnet Hertz did.


Using a computer, some electronics, a dead frog, a vat of mineral oil and a computer network, Garnet hooked up a dead frog to a webpage that, depending on which link you clicked, would make the left or right leg kick. Science realized they may actually have discovered the weirdest thing on the Internet.

Twitch, Ace Art Inc. (Winnipeg, Canada, 2003) - Frog: Experiments in Galvanism from Garnet Hertz on Vimeo.

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The technique is called Galvanism and is essentially the little brother of reanimating a corpse with electricity.

The idea that you can make muscles move with electricity is nothing new; they have been doing it for at least 200 years as a hilarious funeral prank. And you can call Mr. Hertz crazy for putting it online, but let's face it: If letting people control a dead electricity frog over the Internet rid them of their desire to make their own, it was probably well worth it.

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