This Is What Happens When A Balloon Is Filled With Liquid Nitrogen

Literally the coolest thing you'll see today.

Everyone loves a good liquid nitrogen experiment, where after being briefly submerged objects are frozen so solidly that they become brittle and can be smashed with ease.

But this one might just take the cake.

Instead of dipping an object into the liquid, Grant Thompson, better known as "The King Of Random," put the liquid into an object: in this case, a latex balloon.

Grant figured the liquid nitrogen would freeze the thin latex, causing it to break open and spill its contents onto the cement. 

What do you think will happen? Watch below to find out.

So why did that happen? It's all about nitrogen's incredibly low boiling point. 

We commonly associate boiling with high temperatures, as water boils at 212°F. Nitrogen, on the other hand, changes from a liquid to a gas at -320°F. The heat from the environment causes the liquid to boil inside the balloon, inflating it with nitrogen gas. 

After a little bit of time, the combination of the frozen latex and being over-inflated cause the balloon to rupture. Because the latex was frozen, the force of the break caused it to splinter into countless pieces, rather than just bursting in one piece like balloons typically do. Pretty cool, right?

NOTE: Please don't try this at home. You definitely don't want liquid nitrogen getting on your skin or splashing up into your eyes.


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