Coconut vs Hot Molten Copper

What happens when scolding hot molten copper is poured inside the shell of a fresh, innocent Coconut?


The recent trend of pouring molten metal over random objects has consumed the internet as of late. With the outcome of each experiment the inevitable molten metal destroying everything in its path. YouTuber Tito4re has poured molten copper on everything.


From cheesy Big Macs:


Popcorn kernals:


And tennis balls:


All of them eventually disintegrate under the roaring 1000+ degree heat.

It wasn’t until the Coconut came along that molten copper met its match. Turns out, the hard shell of a coconut is incredible at trapping heat and retaining its form. Once the freshly opened coconut is filled up with hot melted copper, it instantly puts on a volcanic show; spitting out the bright orange fiery liquid, curdling the coconut water inside whilst billowing steam.

In the end the giant nut is so unscathed, that it still takes concrete wall to smash it apart; revealing the large chunk of copper inside. One things for sure; this video proves molten copper doesn’t stand a chance against the humble coconut. Watch it all unfold below:


The Coconut Shell also protects animals from predators

Not only can the shell of a coconut sustain molten lava, they’re also hard enough to protect the animals from predators whilst light enough to be mobile. Take this Octopus for instance:


The video shot by Museum Victoria’s senior curator of marine invertebrates Julian Finn, demonstrates these sea creatures use their lanky limbs to stack and carry the shells across sandy seabeds to use as a shield and shelter.


Even transport so it can roll along without being attacked:


The footage, shot between 1999 and 2008 off the coasts of Northern Sulawesi and Bali, was the first kind of evidence that octopuses are sophisticated users of tools.


Okay, so what happens when the Coconut meets a Hydraulic press?

When you take into consideration the fact that a Hydraulic Press is designed to mould metal forms, the results are still surprising when it meets the Coconut with all of its force. Initial expectations were for it to explode in a mere 3 seconds, but it ends up taking a good 30 seconds to break apart the shell. Here’s a small snippet:


To put this into perspective, here’s what happens when the bowling bowl is put to the test:



How is the Coconut shell is so damn strong?

Crushed coconut shell has been combined into cement by scientists and engineers to help make lightweight and more environmentally friendly concrete for buildings, whilst still maintaining strength. Some homes around the world like Europe and South Africa all use coconut shells within concrete and bricks for this reason.

Take the Coconut Palace for instance.

Coconut fibres were also used as armour in the early 20th century by Papua New Guinea and Island people to battle their neighbouring tribes.

Here we uncover the simple reasons why and how the Coconut shell is such a strong natural material.

Otherwise, you can learn more about what other material can be made from coconut shells here.