How many elastic bands does it take to make a watermelon explode?

“Hey guys, it’s gonna explode.”

How many rubber bands does it take to explode a watermelon? No, this isn’t the premise of a joke, it’s an experiment. Carried out on a picnic table.

Dan Stevenson and his fellow inquisitive backyard daredevils decided one summer day that they would discover what happens when you wrap multiple rubber bands around a watermelon, gradually increasing the pressure. After about 30 minutes of testing the rind’s structural integrity, they got their answer.

Tensions run high leading up to the explosion because no one really knows what will happen, other than a big mess. When the watermelon finally pops, it happens fast, exploding fruit all over the yard. Of course, the brave “scientists” made sure to collect and eat the watermelon shrapnel.

It’s hard to nail down the best part of this hilarious video. Certainly the explosion itself is pretty entertaining, but the wheezy laugh of one of the friends, and the startled reactions of the other guests are pretty great too.