Guy Drops A 2,000-Pound Ball “Bomb” Into His Pool For The Wildest Purpose

These days, it seems like people will do anything for attention. From Tide pod-eating challenges to kids licking gallons of ice cream in the middle of grocery stores, the internet’s fixation on the dangerous and stupid has undoubtedly hit an all-time high. Yet every so often, a video goes viral that’s actually worth watching — and some of them will even blow you away.

When one YouTube team set out to create a “bomb” of record-setting proportions, their fans were understandably eager to see not only how they’d do it, but also what they’d do with it once it was done. But after dropping the enormous creation into a full-size pool, more than 24 million viewers were treated to one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of their lives.

If you’re big into baths, chances are you frequent stores that look something like this. Soaps, oils, and body scrubs are likely regular fixtures of your shopping list, though there’s probably one other item that usually catches your eye…

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Bath bombs! These fizzy little marvels are the perfect way to spice up any soak. With their bright colors, soothing scents, and rejuvenating properties, it’s practically like creating your own personal spa right in your bathroom.

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But what if transforming your bathtub into a bubbly pink lagoon wasn’t enough? What if, say, instead of a tub, you wanted to turn an entire inground pool into a bath bomb paradise?

For YouTube team Vat19 this seemed like the perfect challenge, as their subscribers were already accustomed to this kind of wacky, outside-of-the-box content. But although their idea seemed plausible, there was still the problem of actually making it happen.

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The average bath bomb is designed to color a single bathtub’s worth of water, so around 80 gallons. If an ordinary inground pool contains upwards of 30,000 gallons of water, it’d take well over 400 bath bombs to get the job done.

Instead of shelling out thousands of dollars for a truckload of bombs, however, the Vat19 team had a better idea: why not make one of their own? But this wouldn’t be just any bath bomb — it’d be the largest in history!

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The team began by cutting two wooden frames to hold each half of a spherical fiberglass mold. This thing was going to weigh a ton, so they needed to make sure the wood was sturdy enough to support it.

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Next up came the actual fiberglass strips, which they meticulously layered over the mold. The team finished the job with a thick coat of epoxy, making sure the mold was rock solid for the fun to come.

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Well, “fun” may have been an overstatement, as lugging thirty-one 50-pound bags of material to the project site was surely backbreaking work. Things weren’t about to get any easier either, as now came time to actually create their bath bomb concoction.

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Comprised of one part corn starch, one part citric acid, and two parts baking soda, the mixture enjoyed a heavy tumble through a cement mixer before being doused with dye. Unlike most bath bomb users, however, Vat19 wanted their bomb to turn the pool water a dark, murky black.

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Once mixed, the concoction was poured into the fiberglass mold where the team gave it another healthy rinse of dye. Next came more stirring — this time with their hands — and then finished by packing the mixture tightly with wooden posts.

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You’d think that’s all it’d take, but this is the world’s biggest bath bomb we’re talking about here! The Vat19 team followed up by making three more batches of their mixture — and this was only to fill one half of the mold.

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By midday everyone was exhausted, so they decided to put off the rest of the project until tomorrow. Before they did, they made sure to leave the bottom half of the bomb outside to dry in the hot summer sun.

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The next day, the team affixed the second half of the mold to the first and continued shoveling their mixture in through the top. Another four batches went into this half, bringing the total weight of the bath bomb to a staggering 2,000 pounds!

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But with their project complete, there was one last problem they needed to solve: how were they supposed to get it out of the mold? They decided to let it bake one more day before trying to figure it out.

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A miniature saw arrived to solve their dilemma, and as they peeled back the layers of fiberglass their work finally began to take shape. Then off came the supports, revealing the enormous bath bomb in all its chalky glory.

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Now, it was time to answer the biggest question of all: would this 2,000-pound bath bomb be enough to turn an entire swimming pool black? They unscrewed the last of supports and slowly leaned the bomb toward the pool…

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Splash! The giant ball hit the water and sank like a rock, though within seconds it burst back to the surface, fizzing and foaming like crazy. And just like they’d planned, the water almost immediately began turning a grayish-black.

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After a few minutes, the entire pool looked like one big bath tub, leaving Vat19 with just one last thing to do: jump in! The entire team was joined by friends as they enjoyed the fruit of their efforts, splashing and swimming even as the bomb continued to melt in the center of the pool.

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After days of hard work, the Vat19 team had finally done what they’d set out to do: create the world’s largest bath bomb. Their work wasn’t done though: they had competition.

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See, the mess Vat19 made was challenged by YouTuber Cory Williams, after he summoned a noodle-based monstrosity in his bathtub. Though many thought his purpose was purely comedy, they were stunned to learn of his creation’s true health benefits.

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Cory first provided some instructions: find a large bathtub—even a kiddie pool would work—and fill it with scalding-hot water. Then, as he put it, “it’s time to add the magical ingredient.” Just what could that be?

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The special ingredient was… ramen. Seriously. He dumped it right into his jacuzzi! Soon, the hot tub water softened the noodles, and a thin layer of cheap pasta covered the surface. That’s when things got really weird.

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Once the noodles were al dente, Cory hopped into the water and vigorously scrubbed at his arms and face with the ramen. Later, he described the experience as “actually quite relaxing.” But that begged a question: why, dude?

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Was it just a comedy bit for a highly-watched YouTube channel? Maybe—but not entirely. See, pasta baths weren’t a thing simply cooked up by one attention-seeking YouTube personality…

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Ramen baths like Cory’s were actually becoming quite popular. Though the origin of this odd practice couldn’t be precisely pinpointed, many articles credited Ichiro Furuya, owner of the Yunessan Spa House in Hakone, Japan, as the leading figure spearheading the movement.

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Ichiro’s spa didn’t only offer ramen baths for its patrons’ amusements, either. A number of zany, off-the-wall treatments included sake baths and even wine baths, as pictured here. But that wasn’t the weirdest one…

There were even chocolate baths! For just 3,500 yen—or about $29—attendees of the world-famous spa could actually stew in actual chocolate. Wonder if anyone indulging in this would be considered a chocoholic?

Believe it or not, this all wasn’t just some throwaway, novelty idea; it actually came with a medicinal purpose. “Lately, people are very concerned about having beautiful skin,” Ichiro said.

He added, “And they know the effect of collagen, which is contained in our pork-based broth. At this bath, everybody can have fun and take advantage of the healthy elements of ramen noodles.” Huh? Healthy? That couldn’t be right… could it?

Author Susanna Forrest more or less answered that question. While compiling research for a book, she stumbled across a bizarre 19th-century German passage that had her calling a professor for help.

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The professor confirmed her suspicions: the passage she’d found told of children bathing in horse broth. She dug further and found some additionally fascinating information about the topic…

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As Susanna wrote in a piece for Atlas ObscuraBroth bathing appears to share a tandem history with ‘hydrotherapy,’ the therapeutic immersion of the body in warm mineral water.” In fact, 19th-century doctors once prescribed hydrotherapy for mercury poisoning!

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Susanna continued, “Physicians believed that skin was permeable, so if mercury could seep out, then surely the hearty properties of spring water or bouillon could seep in.” Surprisingly, the treatment caught on.

By the mid 19th-century, legitimate medical texts discussed the benefits of broth bathing. Stories of sickly children who regained strength after a broth bath spread far and wide—even to America. But was this legitimate?

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Susanna provided anecdotal broth bath support from her friend. “On a research trip in rural Armenia, she met an Assyrian woman who followed local practice and bathed her baby boy in beef broth ‘to strengthen his bones,'” she wrote. “The baby thrived.”

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So how exactly did this work? Well, Ichiro mentioned his broth containing collagen, which was a key factor. Naturopathic doctor Kellyann Petrucci would attest to the protein’s health benefits…

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“Collagen is a protein that’s a major building block of your skin, bones, and connective tissue,” she told The Huffington Post. “This is why it’s smart to start adding collagen to your diet as you age.” Thankfully, supplements are easy to find in stores.

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A 2014 study backed up the benefits of collagen supplements, too. So maybe it’s not so crazy to think a bath in a tub of piping hot ramen soup—flavor packets included—might actually give you smooth skin and iron-tough bones?

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Adding the noodles themselves to your broth bath might be a little overkill, but you’ve got to admit, they’d probably make for a killer loofah. Just watch Cory Williams explain how much fun a noodle bath can be!

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