Happy Halloween!

Enjoy your Halloween and be safe. Keep reading for a thermite project preview.

I was actually out testing out some stuff with thermite. I’m seeing how little you can use and still completely destroy a hard drive as part of an upcoming project. I just thought an exploding pumpkin might be a fun way to say happy Halloween.

Before someone points out that this reaction seems a little odd. I had just burnt this drive with thermite but didn’t record it. The drive is actually full of water here. However, 3 tablespoons of thermite did a perfect job of creating a tiny hole and destroying the platters. Keep an eye out for an upcoming project using this information!

Those two pieces that are alone in the picture were found on the ground after the explosion.


  1. garym53 says:

    Halloween! Bah Humbug! It’s already cost me 2 Picnics, 2 Cherry Ripes, and a small bag of lollies – and we don’t even celebrate it here! (damn American television).

    When are we going to get back to normal???

  2. Valdas says:

    Americans have way to much food… carving, blowing up, throwing etc… At same time somewhere in other country children starving… And i too hate Halloween :) Here we have totally different holiday All Hallow day. Where world is rolling?

    • Ren says:

      yeah, I drove past a field last week with lots of pumpkins in it, probably too small for most purchasers (large jack-o-lanterns, please)and too late for getting in market in time. I’m not sure if they could be used by the local ethanol producers. Maybe, just maybe they were grown for pie filling, but most “pumpkin” pie filling is made from squash!

      • andar_b says:

        We used to grow pumpkins on the farm I lived at, and we found that the absolute best pie filling was from ‘white pumpkins’ – as you say, a squash. Runner up was ‘Cinderella’ which, as the name suggests, looks like Cindy’s carriage. They tend to be wider and flatter than most people use for carving.

    • Scoobyguru says:

      Don’t be jealous. That’s what makes America great. We got it all

    • n0lkk says:

      Putting all the land that could produce food in the US(there’s a hell of a lot of it) into production going to help those who can’t afford the increased labor & transportation costs.Except for items that help people produce their own food I doubt the complicated issue, not going to be solve here. I suspect Pumpkins where first cultivated to feed livestock, becoming a platform for folk art because they where handy & the critters still can eat them later.

    • Tupin says:

      As we all know, every other country around the world celebrates their holidays with fasting and quiet inward reflection.

      • Stonewall says:

        You mean like those ones that waste all the tomatoes and blind people every year? /sarcasm

      • Ed Jaws says:

        There’s nothing like the nice, quiet, reflection during Pamplona, Spain’s Fiesta de San Fermin, the running of the bulls (especially when awaiting post-goring, trampling surgery).

      • jcg says:

        Fuck that noise, we celibrate with some white old dude in a pope costumer who have a group of “black” people working from him giving out candy. Well black people… it’s usually white people that paint their face black. It’s shame i don’t know any americans here this year, last year was a blast seeing her almost get a heart attack once she figured out what was happening.

  3. Isaac says:

    Merriam-Webster Definition of HACK
    1a : to cut or sever with repeated irregular or unskillful blows
    1b : to cut or shape by or as if by crude or ruthless strokes

    Pretty well defines exactly what went on here. Add to that we got bonus explosions.

  4. Hadrien says:

    Nice bus !

    • mjrippe says:

      Not a cut-down bus, that is actually a factory made VW pickup. Mid-1960s I would guess. Pretty rare and über cool!

      • saw0 says:

        Its actually a VW T1 Transporter “Pritschenwagen”, made from 1951 to 1967. Here in Germany you can actually see quite a few on Oldtimer-Meetings in superb quality.

      • Ren says:

        Now it just needs an LBC (Large Block Chevy), Hemi, or crate engine dropped a-midship, a rock-crusher tranny and rear-end to finish up this hack!

      • Stonewall says:

        Dear God Ren why would you ruin such a nice vehicle buy putting that in it? Plus the fact that the engine is in the rear and there is not much room as it is. You could fit a nice Porsche engine in if you really wanted too but they are not built for speed.

  5. Dongle says:


    Also I think some one should compare the differences between the pumpkin dismantler used here and an old fashoned pumpkin dismantler using pyrotechnics. Make it fabulous while your at it.

  6. RobinJood says:

    Nice vdub

  7. Scoobyguru says:

    Blowing stuff up is what makes Halloween enjoyable. To be honest seeing that pumpkin blow up made my day. All this talk about Americans this and Americans that. So if somebody blows up a pumpkin people judge a country?? It’s a fun hack and remember this site is a privilege for you to be on. Respect posters and where they come from.

    • Shawn says:

      “Americans this – Americans that” just means we are f’n awesome!

      • Scoobyguru says:

        /well said! Now I’m going to go have dinner and walk around for 3 hours watching my kids cause mayhem and destruction while feeding on candy ;)

      • n0lkk says:

        Well I Guess it could mean that we are we are f’n awesome, but I’m putting my money on our actions that adversely affect them are pissing them off. Arrogance isn’t a virtue. Humility is far from being pacifist, and is a virtue, and will net Americans more more than arrogance. Was a time America understood that.

  8. phptimesheet says:

    Bats flying on Search Results – Easter Egg from Google for the ‘Happy Halloween 2012′

  9. ka1axy says:

    And only five more days to Guy Fawkes!

    //yet another excuse (as if one were needed) for fire and mayhem…

  10. bbepeefencer says:

    Great video what music are you using love that bass.

  11. Dave says:

    We grow an Atlantic Giant pumpkin on the manure pile every year. It’s become something of a tradition to use a large acetylene/O2 ballon every Nov 1 to dispose of it in the pasture (the cattle love the pieces), but this certainly looks worthy of a try…

  12. Hirudinea says:

    Actually I think the most impressive part was how he reassembled the pumpkin at the beginning of the video, how the heck did he do that? Oh yea, nice truck.

  13. Davidsdvbuifh says:

    Despite all my rage…

  14. Nemo says:

    This made a shitty day a little better. Thanks guys.

  15. I really like his kitchen – well that’s where you carve pumpkins isn’t it ?

  16. Dr. DFTBA says:

    What did he put in the pumpkin?

  17. Bloodlock says:

    But the best part of exploding things are de explosion sound… U_____u

  18. F4R4D4Y says:

    Had to turn it off. The music was giving me that form of epilepsy that woman had when hearing Mary Hart’s voice

  19. Ron Proctor says:

    I think it’s funny when hackers (people who modify things for off-label uses) get bent out of shape when the authors of this site occasionally feature off-label projects. ;)

  20. wowme@wtf.com says:

    I was about to post a rant about HaD deleting my ANTI-America-Bashing post, but then I re-read all the posts in this thread.
    I guess my original post was deleted for its viewpoint of ‘ACTUALLY working for what you have’, or maybe its ‘DON’T EXPECT my GUBMENT to GIMME GIMME GIMME all I want’.

    Maybe HaD can tell me the CENSORSHIP REGIME applied here.

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