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In today's video, we're going to learn

what happens if you put lit matches into a microwave.


YouTube user Oleg Bolshagin,

I'm sure I'm saying that wrong,

and I apologize, says,

"Hey Grand, try to put matches in the microwave,

then set them on firem and start the microwave!

Something cool is going to happened."

We've got matches and we've got a microwave.

I've actually seen footage of this before,

and I've been curious if it's real.

Guys, you've seen this put Orbeez in this microwave,

and we think we can probably do some more exciting stuff now.

The reason that we're using this microwave,

if you remember from our previous video,

we've actually drilled a hole into the back of it,

so that we can actually film

what's happening inside the microwave without worrying

about trying to go through the mesh in the front.

While the microwave is running,

we'll either have a phone or a metal plate blocking up

both of these holes.

So we shouldn't be

in any danger of being exposed to the microwave radiation.

Testing this is pretty simple.

We've got matches.

We've got a working microwave, and as far as we can tell,

that's all we should need to get a good result.

Small piece of dowel

with a hole drilled into it holds our match just fine.

Doesn't take up a whole lot of space

or volume that should absorb extra microwave.

So I think that should work alright.

Wood can heat up in the microwave on its own,

but it doesn't do so quickly.

So I'm not too worried

about this bursting into flames or anything.


We don't need that.

We don't need that.

We need this.


Well, we killed it.

Did the match go out?

It did.

It-- We just blew up the match.

All right.


Let's do the same thing,

and maybe just let the match burn a little bit more.


This is interesting though.

Regular burnt match.

>> And a microwaved-- >> Oh, yeah,

so it like turned all white at the top.

Well, switch out the match and try again.


I'll let it burn a little bit more.

Give it a little bit more flame.

Let it really grab onto the wood.

Let it grow.

Let it grow.


>> Yeah! >> Oh!


And you can smell it.

>> Whoa, it smells like ozone. >> Kind of like an ozone smell.


We got an ozone smell out of that.

All right, let's try this again.

Filming the ceiling of the microwave this time.

Yeah, we're going to actually see if we can see

what's going on up there that's lighting up everything.


Whoa! Whoa!

Holy cow.

There's like a traveling ball of fire and light up there.

Alright, let's open the microwave.


Did you see it on your side?


It was like a little ghost ball running around.

Yeah, this little glowing,

fuzzy ball up into the ceiling.

Just like, traveling around.

Guys, I just figured out

how to fake so much paranormal video footage.

This is going to be great.

>> Let's do it again. >> Let's do it again.




Okay, that one's just chillin up there.

We're getting a lot out of that.

Took a while.

That one made that really hot.

We let that one actually stay there for a minute.

Oh, yeah, and some of the stuff was just chilling

at the top of it.

The top is made of metal.

So it does pick up heat pretty well,

and that time, one of the little plasma balls just sort of stayed

in place in one spot,

and I think that definitely heated it up.

I'm a little curious

if this works with other things in the match.

Still fire, but not like specifically a match.

I want to try

a little glass bowl with some rubbing alcohol in it.


Let's see if that'll work.

All right, let's do it.

This bowl has just a little bit of 70% isopropyl alcohol in it.

We're just going to light that,

set it in the microwave, turn the microwave on.


That's on fire.

You don't see it a whole lot

because isopropyl alcohol does not burn super bright.


It's getting brighter.


Wait, will this explode?

I'm just worried

about heating up the inside of the microwave too much.

That is producing quite a bit more flame.

So here, we're gonna try one more thing here.

Just put that out.

All right.

Now, we've just got a few drips.

It's not even covering the whole bottom of this.


I think it went out.

It did..

Well, I don't know

what's so special about match fires.

But those are working well.

Maybe they're just the right size.

Maybe they're more consistent.

But the alcohol flame

in the bowl was kind of moving around a bit more.

This is sustaining itself.

We're getting a really good consistent

in the same spot flame,

and I think, maybe that's part of the important part.

Well, this is definitely working.

We're definitely getting the plasma shooting

off of the match,

and it's looking really cool on the inside of the microwave.

But there's another aspect of it that we want to try as well.

We want to actually capture that plasma.

What we're going to do is we're going to try

putting a glass jar over the match,

and see if we can contain it down low,

instead of having to go up and hit the top of the microwave.

So this has one more added element of just

something we need to be careful about.

The jar is obviously gonna let all the oxygen burn up.

If we just set it over a match, then the match will go out.

So we'll have to pretty quickly, I'm not super worried about it.

I don't think it will burn up that fast,

but we'll just have to put the match in, put the jar over,

and start it pretty quickly.

Should be easy enough.


That was amazing.

That seemed to work great.

That plasma is seeming to get really really hot.

And if it just suddenly heats up the top of the glass too much,

the glass jar is almost certainly just going to break.

We don't necessarily want to do that.


Maybe we do.



What is happening in our microwave with the matches?

So fire is technically plasma.

The microwave radiation is allowing us

to excite that energy,

and create that little blue ball that you are seeing.

I'm just giving you a demonstration of a plasma.

Plasma, sort of.

This is energy.

It has a lot of energy.

It's putting off energy,

and the microwave adds more to it.

So instead of putting off this little bit of energy,

it suddenly is putting off a lot of energy.

Now, the reason

that we're doing this is because it's really hard

to create plasma on its own in these conditions.

When we take pre-ignited plasma,

we can excite it with our microwave,

and we can actually make it look a lot cooler.

In theory, it's possible to take a microwave,

and just create plasma in it,

but it would take a much more powerful microwave.

These machines that you can get

commercially aren't going to have that much power,

and thank goodness,

or you'd never successfully cook your food.

It would just destroy everything,

and make a lot of plasma out of it.

And destroy your house and life and...

Good chance.

How hot is that plasma getting in there?

So that plasma can get up to thousands of degrees,

which is why we are taking it out of the microwave so quickly,

and we keep turning it off,

because this glass jar can't handle that amount of heat.

At least not for long.

We've seen that it can hold it for a couple of seconds,

but I think,

maybe we should even just put in the test,

leave it in there?

See what the plasma does to it.


Let's give it a shot.






Oh, no.

It's hot.

Don't want to leave my hand on it for more than half a second.


Oh, there it goes again.

That jar is just too thick.

We can try it one more time.

It's a good one.

It's a good one.

Oh, it's out again.


Oh, but it's so pretty.

There it is.

Successfully broke the glass.

10 seconds?

14 before I got it turned off.






Come on, little buddy.

Oxygen versus microwaves fighting.




Holy cow.

Oh, I think our microwave just died.

I think we killed it.

We successfully shorted out the microwave.

It doesn't like it when you make too much plasma.


I'd say this is definitely a real thing.

We got the plasma to work.

It did take some trial and error of where exactly put the match,

what kind of glass container could go over it,

but we got plasma.

Not only got plasma,

we were able to contain it for an extended amount of time.

While that's only a few seconds, it's still really cool to see.


We broke one jar.

We tried using a different jar,

a mason jar,

and we think it was definitely thicker,

and held up to the heat a little bit better.

It's still very warm.


Even though the microwaves are bouncing around,

we think that it wasn't in direct line of fire to excite

the plasma quite enough.

So it was causing some problems.

Yeah, the jar we successfully broke was shorter.

So we think

that it was holding the plasma lower down in a better position.

It definitely works guys.

Matches in a microwave.

It may be something you want to talk to your parents

before you try it at home.

Because we were really heating up the roof of the microwave

as we did this.

And we shorted it out.

Yeah, we that, we flipped the breaker,

and we had to turn that back on.

So this is something you have to be aware of

if you're trying this at home.

The microwave does still work.

Oh yeah.

I don't think we broke it.

We're definitely going to do worse things to this.


That makes sense.


It's not going to explode first.



Oh, that made me so happy.



There we go.

I got it.

I got it.

I got it.

I got this.

Don't worry guys.

I got this.

Don't do this at home.

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