# How many elastics does it take to explode a watermelon?

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(CNN) Yes, over 3 million people watched on Facebook as a watermelon exploded. Two Buzzfeed reporters applied more than 500 rubber bands to a watermelon waiting for it to explode while live broadcasting on Facebook.

Herein, how many rubber bands does it take to cut a watermelon?

Good thing Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy had time on their hands (guys like this often do) because it took them about 500 rubber bands in 20 minutes before the combined pressure created the visual dramatics. And they condensed it all for you.

Similarly, how many rubber bands does it take to explode a pumpkin? Hypothesis. It will take 160-200 rubber bands to crack a pumpkin open.

Beside above, can you explode a watermelon with rubber bands?

The exploding watermelon stunt or exploding watermelon challenge involves wrapping rubber bands around a watermelon until the pressure of the rubber bands causes the watermelon to explode.

What happens when you put rubber bands around a watermelon?

It appears that the force and pressure that a band of a large number of rubber bands wrapped around the middle of the watermelon can cause a crack in the rind of the watermelon under the rubber bands. The crack then propagates and ends up splitting the watermelon in 2 or more pieces.

### Why does a watermelon explode with rubber bands?

Exploding Watermelon Science
The rubber bands slowly break the structure of the rind until it can no longer hold together. The pressure of the rubber bands causes the pressure inside of the watermelon to increase until the melon splits and the pressure is released with force.

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### Do watermelons explode?

Watermelon splitting (or exploding) can be caused by the “exploding gene,” which is found in many of the heirloom varieties, or from increased water turgor in the watermelon. Pressure can build inside, causing the watermelon to split and erupt like a volcano or to foam uncontrollably. So there you have it, Ed.

### Can pumpkins explode?

Pumpkin “chukking” and physics demonstrations aside, pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) typically do not explode unless they are carelessly dropped from great heights. Heavier "giant" pumpkins (Cucurbita maxima) are more sensitive to moisture, temperature and handling than others.

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