How Dangerous is a Penny Dropped From a Skyscraper?

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A massive thanks to Adam Savage and the whole Tested Crew - especially Kristen Lomasney, Ryan Kiser, and Joey Fameli. Thank you so much for coming out to the desert with us, and for inviting us to your cave! Check out the video we made with them on their channel - trvid.com/video/video-h_zytOcMwys.html

Another huge thanks to iFly Ontario for letting us shoot in your amazing windtunnel. Special thanks to Diana Rios, Treasa Telle, Michelle Brumley for having us and Anthony Jones, Torrell Henderson and Nate Roth for being great instructors. iFly run STEM education trips, where you can experience terminal velocity first hand - www.iflyworld.com/programs/st...

Thanks to Inland Empire Film Services and the San Bernardino County Film Office for portions of the video shot in the County of San Bernardino.

The raindrop video is from Alistair McClymont’s gorgeous artwork “Raindrop” - ​​ alistairmcclymont.com/artwork...

Video of the raindrop breaking apart is from the coolest paper i’ve read in a while - Villermaux, E., & Bossa, B. (2009). Single-drop fragmentation determines size distribution of raindrops. Nature physics, 5(9), 697-702. - ve42.co/Villermaux

Altair. (2019). Digital Debunking: Could a Penny Dropped Off the Top of the Empire State Building Actually Kill You? - ve42.co/Altair2019

Braeunig, R.A. Atmosphere Properties. - ve42.co/AtmosProp

The Guardian. (2014). Brutal winter weather brings new challenge: ice falling from skyscrapers - ve42.co/WTCicicle

NASA. (2018). The Apollo 15 Hammer-Feather Drop - ve42.co/NASAmoondrop

Red Bull Stratos - ve42.co/RBStratos

Quealy, K., Sanger-KatzIn, M. (2015). In Other Countries, You’re as Likely to Be Killed by a Falling Object as by a Gun. New York Times. - ve42.co/NYTFallingObject

National Safety Council. (2022). Struck by Objects. - ve42.co/NSCStruck

Williams, A. (2019). What are your chances of being killed by hail in the US? - ve42.co/Williams2019

NewScientist. (2021). Can bullets fired upwards cause injuries when they return to earth? - ve42.co/CelebratoryGunFire

Chambers, J. (2020). Meet the Flechette - the Deadliest Weapon of World War I? - ve42.co/Flechette

Wikipedia. Lazy Dog (bomb). - ve42.co/LazyDog

Gläser, N., Kneubuehl, B. P., Zuber, S., Axmann, S., Ketterer, T., Thali, M. J., & Bolliger, S. A. (2011). Biomechanical examination of blunt trauma due to baseball bat blows to the head. Journal of Forensic Biomechanics, 2 - ve42.co/Glaser2011

Yoganandan, N., Pintar, F. A., SANCES JR, A. N. T. H. O. N. Y., Walsh, P. R., Ewing, C. L., Thomas, D. J., & Snyder, R. G. (1995). Biomechanics of skull fracture. Journal of neurotrauma, 12(4), 659-668.

New York Times. (2014). Falling Tape Measure Kills Man at Jersey City Construction Site - The New York Times - ve42.co/NYTTapeMeasure

IMDb. (2006). "MythBusters" Bullets Fired Up (TV Episode). - ve42.co/MBgunfire

Special thanks to: Elliot MIller, Louis Lebbos, RayJ Johnson, Brian Busbee, Jerome Barakos M.D., Amadeo Bee, TTST, Balkrishna Heroor, Chris LaClair, John H. Austin, Jr., OnlineBookClub.org, Matthew Gonzalez, Eric Sexton, john kiehl, Nathan Lanza, Diffbot, Gnare, Dave Kircher, Burt Humburg, Blake Byers, Dumky, Evgeny Skvortsov, Meekay, Bill Linder, Paul Peijzel, Josh Hibschman, Mac Malkawi, Michael Schneider, jim buckmaster, Juan Benet, Robert Blum, Sunil Nagaraj, Richard Sundvall, Lee Redden, Stephen Wilcox, Marinus Kuivenhoven, Michael Krugman, Cy 'kkm' K'Nelson, Sam Lutfi, Ron Neal

Written by Petr Lebedev, Derek Muller, and Emily Zhang
Filmed by Derek Muller, Trenton Oliver, Petr Lebedev, Emily Zhang, Raquel Nuno and Eddie Lopez
Animation by Ivy Tello, Mike Radjabov, Fabio Albertelli, and Jakub Misiek
Edited by Trenton Oliver and Derek Muller
FPV Drone Pilots: Sammie Saing and Josh Ewalt
Slow Motion Camera: Shawn Sanders and Anthony Corrales
Phantom slow motion camera & lenses provided by Panny Hire L.A
Helicopter Pilots: Rick Shuster and Cliff Fleming
Helicopter Safety Officer: Ryan Hosking
Production Assistants: Roman Bacvic and Eddie Lopez
Research Assistant: Katie Barnshaw
Additional video/photos supplied by Pond5 and Getty Images
Music from Epidemic Sound
Produced by Derek Muller, Petr Lebedev, and Emily Zhang



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As a Physics undergrad, this video scared me because for the first time, we saw that air resistance isn't negligible.
Imagine being an archeologist in the future and coming across hundreds of extremely rare and valuable ancient coins in the middle of a desert with no explanation
Andre Chappie Extra
Andre Chappie Extra 2 saatler önce
just imagine someone walking through a desert and it starts raining pennies
Daniel Mendoza
Daniel Mendoza 12 saatler önce
Rokesh P
Rokesh P 2 saatler önce
This is why I like physics
Vuoiy Dui
Vuoiy Dui 21 gün önce
You know you've reached a specific level of TRvidr when you have a mythbuster on your show. This brought back so many memories from my teens.
Adam Savage’s Tested
This was SO fun. Can't wait to collaborate again!
26magicman26 2 saatler önce
A penny won't hurt, but if you drop a quarter, its 25 times more deadly. The math adds up bro 🤔
Mario Q
Mario Q 3 saatler önce
I cant wait to get to the tallest building in new york and drop a penny just to slightly miss by 2 meters
Leonie Brittain
I am 71 and never even passed my O’level maths, but found this fascinating, giving names to forces that I only intuited were there. Those experiments looked such fun, were such fun, because they were experiential, leading to unexpected outcomes. There is such joy in learning like this, seeking the “why?” Or “how come?” after the event. It is ultimately playful, it seems to me. Thank you!
Thank you so much for this mini-mythbusters episode, really brought back a lot of vibes I haven't felt in a long time. Something about watching how excited Adam (and yourself) get while performing experiments is so naturally fun, I hope you two continue to collab in the future, unleash the chaos haha
Rokesh P
Rokesh P 2 saatler önce
I was like "dude just don't die". Crazy experiment.
Michael White
I have a feeling Adam knows where everything is in his warehouse. It may look like a mess but it’s organized.
Ashley Cnossen
The pennies falling down in slow motion, glittering in the sun - absolutely beautiful
Jochen Becher
In Germany, we have this tradition of building viewing towers with over 30 m height. It should be much easier to run this experiments without the issues from the helicopter's wind.
Juan Pyro
Happy to see Adam still doing what he loves, still a child at heart. Keep it up Sir! You're an inspiring person.
This was cool lol. Heard the penny story all the way back in the 70's as a kid, and while we learned later in higher grades that it wouldn't, I always wanted to see a real-world example. Very cool!
Remarkable video! Love the collab with Adam! 😌
Luke Peters
I was pretty sure air resistance coupled with the mass and anti-aerodynamic shape of the penny which would would make it spin would not allow it to rapidly accelerate or create enough momentum to actually seriously harm someone
Patrick McGuire
Looked fun. To debunk the myth of a construction worker flying to the ground uninjured off a building holding a piece of plywood, they strapped a guy in a pickup facing forward and accelerated. When he couldn't hold on to the plywood they called it busted. A good episode would be to explain their mistake. Great show, nice to see Adam again.
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