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Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit

timothy posted about 4 months ago | from the could-substitute-cherry-bombs-in-the-basement dept.

United Kingdom 54

Nerval's Lobster writes Labor Day is nigh, and with it the official end of summer. It's time to pack away the umbrellas and beach towels, and perhaps spend a few minutes flipping through photos of all the fun times you had over the past couple months: the grilling, the trips, the fireworks oh yes, the fireworks Chances are pretty good that you've set off more than a few fireworks in your time. But Colin Furze, the British inventor and YouTube celebrity who once co-hosted Sky1's Gadget Geeks? Well, he puts everybody's love of fireworks to shame. He loves fireworks so much, in fact, that he built a giant metal suit so he could stand in the middle of an epic pyrotechnic display. No matter how good your own engineering skills (or strong your courage), it's inadvisable to try this at home. But it's sure fun to watch.

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Idle (1)

TheP4st (1164315) | about 4 months ago | (#47790037)

How did this escape an idle tag?

Because of the "Beta" ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790047)

Fuck beta !

Re:Idle (1)

siddesu (698447) | about 4 months ago | (#47790143)

I have no idea, but I don't care. Now I finally know how they built the Tin Woodman.

Re:Idle (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 4 months ago | (#47791115)

Really!
I saw this at a Rammstein Concert once before, anyway. Michael Jackson pioneered it , the same way DaVincis assistant pioneered flying.

It's made of plated steel (3, Interesting)

bytesex (112972) | about 4 months ago | (#47790065)

Isn't steel. next to strength, not also known for its superb conductivity of heat?

Re:It's made of plated steel (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790109)

Much like bullets, fireworks are more dangerous in terms of kinetic energy than thermal energy in general.

Re:It's made of plated steel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791131)

I'll bet thats what the cops thought on the two occasions in which I actually got a roman candle shot and a bottle rocket in the open windows of the cruisers.
Sometimes you just wish you were a teen again.

Re:It's made of plated steel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790303)

Learn to parse sentences properly. What the hell did you just try to say?

Something like, "Isn't steel, as well as being know for its strength, also known for its superb conductivity of heat?"

Fucking Americans...

Re:It's made of plated steel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790351)

*known*, not 'know'. That was a typo, not an 'Americanism'.

Re:It's made of plated steel (1)

Barsteward (969998) | about 4 months ago | (#47790401)

don't be such an arsehole, how do you know if English is the posters 1st, 2nd, or 3rd language?

Re:It's made of plated steel (1)

Stickasylum (1243438) | about 4 months ago | (#47790797)

I don't think you're using "parse" correctly... Fucking Anonymousites!

Re:It's made of plated steel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790819)

Fixit it for you:
Isn't steel, know for its strength, known for its superb conductivity of heat?

Re:It's made of plated steel (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | about 4 months ago | (#47790863)

known for its superb conductivity of heat

Exactly: pinpoint heat sources will see that energy rapidly disbursed throughout the entire suit rather than stay concentrated in a hot spot.

Water's heat conductivity, its ability to spread heat out into meaninglessness, is one of the reasons why it's effective at extinguishing fires.

Re:It's made of plated steel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47800065)

Water's heat conductivity, its ability to spread heat out into meaninglessness, is one of the reasons why it's effective at extinguishing fires.

Shouldn't that mean that it'd be easy to extinguish fires with some sort of steel contraption?
Rather I think water's ability to extinguish fires is the same as any other non-combustible liquid: it covers the source so completely that it suffocates it by removing the oxygen around it.

Water is popular for this just because there's so much of it lying around.

Re:It's made of plated steel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47795021)

And if he had set himself on fire he would get hot.

Look at "sparklers", the "sparks" are basically cold in your hand, but the source of the sparks is several hundred degrees.

Watch UK Inventor (1)

buckfeta2014 (3700011) | about 4 months ago | (#47790067)

How about no.

2nd best place to watch fireworks: from above (2)

Storebj0rn (692884) | about 4 months ago | (#47790069)

I once flew into London Heathrow on a clear Guy Fawkes night. I looked like the city was a boiling couldron of some glowing witch brew.

neither science nor news. (0)

nimbius (983462) | about 4 months ago | (#47790097)

its articles like this that help rocket slashdot into obsolescence. Timmy, drunkenly shitposting 4chan fodder at 2:30 in the morning and making it past firehose and onto the newsfeed. Other memorable turds include the video slashvertisement, the video interview/slashvertisement no one wanted, and the news article from a paid advertiser fearmongering for their latest appliance a-go-go. So ill give it a go at trying to make something productive of the comments section related to this worthless post.

lets discuss functional and informative alternatives to slashdot. https://soylentnews.org/ [soylentnews.org] is good, but lacks userbase from what im told.

Re:neither science nor news. (0)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about 4 months ago | (#47790133)

https://soylentnews.org/ [soylentnews.org] is good, but lacks userbase from what im told.

Doesn't look good. The colour scheme is basically lots of grey and a splash of red here and there, and why the fuck are there some icons at the top that are spaced oddly and don't fit with the theme at all or do anything useful accessibility-wise?

Re:neither science nor news. (1, Offtopic)

Zedrick (764028) | about 4 months ago | (#47790147)

What does colours or icons have to do with it? It's a newssite, content is what matters. If you don't care about that, here's a good alternative:

https://www.google.com/search?... [google.com]

Soylentnews is quite good and often have interesting tech-related news before slashdot. It just needs more people in the comments.

Re: neither science nor news. (1)

Threni (635302) | about 4 months ago | (#47790187)

Stupid name, looks like it was designed in the last com bubble, awful on mobile, no users, posts retarded crap about Indian takeaway deliveries.

There's scope for a rival to Slashdot, but that isn't it.

Re: neither science nor news. (1)

qpqp (1969898) | about 4 months ago | (#47790723)

like it was designed in the last com bubble

In contrast to /. beta, which was designed in the current web 2.0 hype, without them knowing what web 2.0 really means.

Re:neither science nor news. (0)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 4 months ago | (#47790217)

lacks userbase from what im told.

Oh, it lacks the only thing that makes slashdot interesting you mean?

Say what you like about slashdot but they've an excellent hands-off policy when it comes to discussions about whatever, that can be relied upon. The same can't be said for your "alternatives".

Please mod this and the parent post as offtopic, thanks.

Re:neither science nor news. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790285)

why don't you shut the fuck up you pretentious cunt.

Mod Parent Up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790477)

Insightful

Re:neither science nor news. (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 4 months ago | (#47791941)

Like accuracy, you mean?

The official end of Summer is the moment before Autumn starts, sometime around the 20th of September, give or take.

Off-topic apology (1)

PapayaSF (721268) | about 4 months ago | (#47802005)

Jane Q. Public: I just accidentally moderated one of your comments in the Antarctic ice thread as "Redundant," when I meant to click "Insightful." I can't figure out how to undo that, and I don't have an email address for you. Sorry!

Re:Off-topic apology (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 4 months ago | (#47802667)

Stuff happens. Thanks for at least mentioning it.

I don't give out my email address on Slashdot. Nor my location, or phone number. Nothing personal. I am sure you understand.

Re:Off-topic apology (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 4 months ago | (#47802697)

Since you indirectly brought it up, I will say that even though I am generally an honest person, there is one thing I admit to lying about on Slashdot, both overtly and (I flatter myself) rather subtly, and that is my location.

Because there are some real bastards out there. As I say, I am sure you understand.

Re:neither science nor news. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790821)

Try pipedot.org [pipedot.org] , it's awesome.

Re:neither science nor news. (1)

Skarjak (3492305) | about 4 months ago | (#47790925)

Soylent has extremely low article quality from what I've seen. I think this place is still the best.

Re:neither science nor news. (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 4 months ago | (#47791163)

So, somehow it is qualitatively different than the rest of the same old shit?
Newsclown dump still looks and smells like newsclown dump, give it a taste and let us know what you think.

And we should care? (0)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about 4 months ago | (#47790129)

It's a suit made of metal, of course it's going to protect him against some small fireworks. He didn't invent anything here, metal suits for protective purposes have been around for hundreds of years and in this case it's even pretty poorly made, too. If I covered myself in bricks and then had fireworks launched at the bricks would I also get on Slashdot as an "inventor?"

Re:And we should care? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790155)

Probably not, but to know for sure you'll need to pull your hands out of your ass and actually go out and do it.

Re:And we should care? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790293)

Technically it's an African Wild Donkey, not an ass, that his hands up in.

Re:And we should care? (1)

msauve (701917) | about 4 months ago | (#47790173)

"If I covered myself in bricks and then had fireworks launched at the bricks would I also get on Slashdot as an "inventor?""

If timothy is editing at the time you post your article, then sure, why not?

Re:And we should care? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791407)

Again, probably not, although I reckon it's because you're a sour, po-faced twat. At least Colin Furze is enthusiastic.

Re:And we should care? (1)

nukenerd (172703) | about 4 months ago | (#47791539)

metal suits for protective purposes have been around for hundreds of years ........ would I also get on Slashdot as an "inventor?"

I must admit that it did not even occur to me that this is supposed to be an invention until you mentioned it. I thought it was just for a laugh. Yes, the guy may be an inventor, but that does not mean that everything he does is an "invention" - otherwise he would be inventing dinner every time he cooks one.

Hundreds of years you say? And a order of magnitude. If you are looking for the inventors of body-sculptured metal armour you could make a start among the Ancient Greeks.

I quite like his videos (1)

goldcd (587052) | about 4 months ago | (#47790169)

but that's not a particularly great one - have a look at the rest of the stuff on his channel.

Oh, and for the people pointing out a conductive suit might not be the best type of protection - it's entirely likely you're right. He's not really into 'safety' - http://youtu.be/6FYZFAuhFV4?li... [youtu.be]

Knights in Shining Armour? (2)

jafffacake (1966342) | about 4 months ago | (#47790183)

Wasn't a suit a bit like this, but infinitely more flexible, invented over 500 years ago? I re-enact medieval battles and the full plate gear that we wear dated 1480 is perfectly firework proof. it's possible to do cartwheels whilst wearing it, too!

Breaking news: Armor continues to work as usual (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47792973)

Slashdot isn't known for being timely with its news, but I think this is the first time we were late by more than a century.
And it isn't even a good armor, it's just a metal box.

argh (2)

Bender Unit 22 (216955) | about 4 months ago | (#47790323)

There was more information in the the text describing the video than the content of the video itself.
Also it seemed that the "suit" was the worst place to see the fireworks.

It's the sort of thing people share on Facebook and I believe it was made for that purpose as it contained no information or explanation, was short and didn't require sound to watch(safe for work).

Thankfully YouTube DOES contain lots of interesting information from people around the world. Of course of varying quality.
Personally I enjoy watching videos related to different type of electronics and pinball machines, found some useful repair videos. (one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com] ). Also Conan has his "serious jibber jabber" that I found interesting( https://www.youtube.com/playli... [youtube.com] )

Excessive? (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 4 months ago | (#47790381)

Seems a little excessive, how much kinetic energy does a firework pack? I imagine you could make do with something closer to a firemen's outfit instead of a suit of armour.

I was hoping to something a bit more "Iron Man"... (1)

scotts13 (1371443) | about 4 months ago | (#47790533)

... and a lot less stupid. A form-fitting, immobile steel coffin with almost no visibility has got to be the least pleasant way to watch fireworks imaginable. Especially if you fall over face first while "standing" in it.

Re:I was hoping to something a bit more "Iron Man" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790555)

That had to happen at least once. Ouch.

But it failed (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | about 4 months ago | (#47790829)

Face full of sparks at the 2 minute mark.

Re:But it failed (1)

EnglishTim (9662) | about 4 months ago | (#47795049)

Yeah, that bit was pretty alarming. Imagine being encased in that suit, unable to move your arms and suddenly a spark gets in and sets your clothes or hair on fire. I'd be interested to know if he had any kind of alarm he could press to get people to run in with extinguishers and the like.

London Grammar - Strong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790997)

Reminded me of the dude in the LG Strong vid. He was a cross between this guy's metal suit and a life sized pyro kachina doll. http://youtu.be/6drfp_3823I [youtu.be]

Home-made Hydroforming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791619)

I'm more interested in his back-yard hydroforming. That looked far from safe, but I'm still impressed with the results he got.

Re:Home-made Hydroforming? (1)

rpstrong (1659205) | about 4 months ago | (#47796123)

Check out this video [youtube.com] of a guy using a pressure washer to form an expansion chamber.

That would make the ideal suit to wear (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47792493)

That would make the ideal suit to wear when meeting a Muslim. Do your worst - pull the string!

Gumby's Revenge (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 4 months ago | (#47793829)

I had a Gumby nightmare like that once.

Safety suit? (1)

schreiend (1092383) | about 4 months ago | (#47795659)

Looks more like a brazen bull to me.
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