I know what you’re thinking: a red hot nickel ball on ice — where’s the drama? The heat will melt the ice, obviously. Case closed, Columbo. But much like filling a watermelon with molten aluminum, the experiment is more satisfying than you’d expect. And besides, what else are you doing? We’re all stuck inside anyway.

Red hot steel vs. frozen lake

If you liked that, you’ll love this next one. These YouTubers took the experiment a step further and dropped red hot steel onto a frozen lake (skip to 1:43 to see magic happen).

That concludes the “videos of hot metal melting things” portion of the day. If you’re searching for something else to read, consider this look at how you can help health care workers who are running out of supplies, a rundown of coronavirus scams to avoid, or our round-up of grocery chains offering special hours for older adults. Take care of each other!

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