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Here’s What Molten Copper Will Do To A Big Mac

I don’t know about you, but I freakin’ love science. And I think we’re all curious about the reaction that two random chemicals have when introduced to each other. Hell, it’s the same with people. You never truly know what reaction two will have with one another, but thanks to both my own occasional boredom and You Tube, I have at least found someone that enjoys conducting dangerous experiements involving molten copper.

You may recall that, earlier this year, I shared a video from the Tito4re You Tube page, a channel that’s devoted to regularly pouring hot molten copper on various items just to see what will happen. My previous post showcased what happens when molten copper is poured into a giant 5 pound gummy bear. I think my wording might have been off, because I called it “terrifying” and posited it as “watch what molten copper will do to a gummy bear.” The terrifying part is… nothing. A volatile, hot chemical was poured directly into the center of one and nothing happened, at least not for a while. It took quite a while to burn through!

I have since fallen down the rabbit hole and watched dozens of other molten copper videos from Tito4re. Today, I have decided to show you one where it’s a McDonald’s Big Mac versus the super-hot substance! As listed in the video’s description, copper’s melting point is 1,984°F or 1,085°C, which means that is how hot this liquid is when it hits the famed burger. Take a look at the results.

When this video initially made it’s online debut earlier this year, the Internet went kind of mad, and were shocked by how resilient the average Big Mac truly is. Well, in actuality, it’s just basic science.

Why does the copper look like it’s just bouncing off the burger, despite being 1,984°F hot? It’s called the Leidenfrost effect, which happens when steam (like from the water in the burger) evaporates and creates a shield between a solid and a liquid. The easiest comparison is when water initially hits a hot pan, it tends to jump around and not evaporate outright. Same principle. It’s only when the different layers of the burger are pulled apart that it finally starts to melt along with the copper as it dries up.

So, food for thought? I guess?

There’s plenty more videos of molten copper versus every conceivable thing you can think about over on the Tito4re You Tube page. Enjoy!


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