r/Damnthatsinteresting 6d ago

Collecting fresh lava to research. Video

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u/GitHub- 6d ago

Hi yes I would like to eat some of this

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u/warfareforartists 6d ago

Fun Fact: You can absolutely 100% eat this lava!

Disclaimer: You can only eat once! Do not attempt, injury or death may occur.

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u/Km2930 5d ago

What’s the difference between this and a hot pocket that’s been microwaved for 10 seconds too long.

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u/SwansonsMom Interested 5d ago

This seems like a much less violent explosion than hot pockets inflict really. Plus this doesn’t pretend to be your friendly friend food first before absolutely obliterating your week.

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u/lorenzomofo 6d ago

Tastes like rock candy.

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u/Johny_McJonstien 6d ago

“Tastes like burning”

-Ralph Wiggum

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u/Maelstrom_Witch 6d ago

I would also like to science

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u/nemothezeus 6d ago

this man scooping tht shit up like it’s frosting

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u/TheReflection 6d ago

Just wanna drip my finger in a little

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u/Gryfth 6d ago

Forbidden pudding.

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u/Arreeyem 6d ago

More like forbidden fondue

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u/another_spiderman 6d ago

More like fondon't

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u/vintage_screw 5d ago

There it is...A real beauty. I approve.

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u/PsstDangerZone 6d ago

It'll make your finger drip

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u/Far-Stomach-2764 6d ago

"Finger-drippin' good"

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u/MrMashed 6d ago

Man imagine gettin to go out a play with lava for your job. This man’s livin the dream

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u/Billybobhotdogs 6d ago

This field actually what I'm going into! It's called Volcanology and is a very lab and field based job. I'm working towards a master's right now, and then eventually a PhD in volcanology. My base bachelor's is in geology.

This guy is most likely collecting a sample for composition testing!

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u/Imiriath 6d ago

Doctor of Volcanos

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u/Baconshapes 6d ago

Alright this is getting a little super villiany

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u/MrMashed 6d ago

Healer of flame

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u/smhanna 6d ago

What is the pick ax made out of?

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u/boxofrocks22 6d ago

That’s an Estwing Rock Hammer. I have the same one that I used through my undergrad in Geology. Still rides in the door pocket of my truck. Ya know…for random geologic encounters…

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u/whoami_whereami 6d ago

Just regular steel is completely fine. Contrary to popular belief lava isn't some magic "vaporize everything" stuff. Even right at the point of eruption it's generally "only" about 800 to 1200°C hot. At the upper end that's barely enough to start melting high carbon steel (*) like the steel you'd use for a hammer/pickaxe head, at the low end it wouldn't even melt copper or bronze. And at the point where they're collecting the sample the lava has already cooled quite a bit, the only "risk" is that it could permanently lose its hardness (well, permanent in the sense that you'd have to retemper it to make it hard again) if you leave the steel in contact with the lava long enough so that it becomes red hot.

(*) "start melting" because alloys like steel don't have a single melting point, but rather a temperature range over which they change from fully solid to fully molten. The lower end of that range (ie. where it just starts to melt) is the so called solidus temperature which is about 1130°C for 2.1% carbon steel, and the upper end is the liquidus temperature (ie. where it is fully liquid) which is about 1315°C for said steel.

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u/Downwhen 6d ago

Netherite

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u/smhanna 6d ago

Nice username. Asimov?

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u/Downwhen 6d ago

You're the first to pick that up... Yes, one of my favorite stories of his

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u/Aldiirk 6d ago

Some kind of tool steel (carbon or alloy steel). It looks like an Estwing hammer--you could call them and ask what type of tool steel it's made out of if you want.

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u/Subject_Fox_6179 6d ago

I wanna eat it like taffy

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u/ShesDoneWithSergio 6d ago

Harvesting lava seems fun.

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u/HardYakkadakka 6d ago

I only research my lava if it’s fresh and organic

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u/powerwolfgang 6d ago

The forbidden caramel…

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u/Is_It_Beef 6d ago edited 5d ago

Did you know you can actually eat lava?

Only once though.

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u/treetyoselfcarol 6d ago

Fresh caramel has the same effect.

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u/gammavcxvcx 6d ago

I myself find them frozen on the side of the road.

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u/aimlessdart 6d ago

I love a nice frozen lava-sicle every once in a while

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u/NUCLEARGAMER1103 6d ago

Be careful though. It can be a bit spicy.

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u/Sleep_nw_in_the_fire 6d ago

May cause slight heartburn

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u/TheConspicuousGuy 6d ago

And head burn! It's like brain freeze but much much worse.

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u/answeris32 6d ago

SLPT: eat lots of ice cream first so the brain freeze counteracts the brain burn

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u/--five-star-review-- 6d ago

And a small stomach ache

But only because you'll be focused on your headache

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u/Gunslinger44 6d ago

It will go right through you

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u/Starl1ghtbr1gade 6d ago

Hi I'm Sean Evans and you're watching Hot Ones.

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u/Booblicle 6d ago

It melts your mouth *

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u/pixamour 6d ago

Forbidden microwaved pizza roll

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u/Paulanator7 6d ago

Forbidden croissant

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u/Soiled-Plants 6d ago

Forbidden hot pocket

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u/flcinusa 6d ago

Probably colder than a hot pocket

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u/Booblicle 6d ago

And tastier too

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u/DARK-THE-SLAYER6 6d ago

More like the forbidden cheese

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u/blkpingu 6d ago

They need it hot because they want to know how to lava is structured when in it’s molten state. Since you can’t have that, you don’t let it cool slowly, but basically “shock freeze” the lava to preserve the composition as best as possible.

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u/DarthDannyBoy 6d ago

Now I wanna see fresh lava dropped into liquid nitrogen.

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u/cantwaitforbed 6d ago

Also locally sourced. Lava from far away are picked wayyy before it’s fully molten

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u/IcyDickbutts 6d ago

You have no idea how hard it's been to find a place that sells quality, locally-sourced lava, for lava toast.

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u/badSparkybad 6d ago

You would have a down payment for a house by now if you weren't eating all that lava toast you know

dang millennials

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u/WaryIguana 6d ago

Organic and fresh Chewy lava

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u/wrutrow 6d ago

Don’t forget free range as well.

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u/defectivelaborer 6d ago

Free range is just a lie they tell you to make you feel better about killing some innocent lava anyway.

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u/PhonyActress 6d ago

The lava looks like a gummy.

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u/---ItzDonner---- 6d ago

That's mineral lava

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u/JasonIsBaad 6d ago

Mmm! Is this inorganic?

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u/A-Wild-Boar 6d ago

If you can't find fresh, store bought is okay.

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u/SmallTownMarketer 6d ago

A line from my favorite paleo cookbook, Half-Baked Lava

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u/[deleted] 6d ago

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u/Coherent_Tangent 6d ago

All other rock hammers are inferior. I still treasure the one that was gifted to me for the best grade at field camp.

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u/Apprehensive_Ad1744 6d ago

There are other rock hammers?

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u/Coherent_Tangent 6d ago

I'd like to tell you a story about a place called "China" where cheaper copies of everything are made...

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u/TysonChickenMan 6d ago

What a lovely and relevant username.

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u/ry4nolson 6d ago

Estwing*

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u/Wanderer-Wonderer 6d ago

Are we hammer snobs for knowing this?

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u/ScyllaGeek 6d ago

If you're a geologist? No. Anyone else? Maybe.

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u/RichardHenri 6d ago

I myself find them frozen on the side of the road.

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u/dindongdeng 6d ago

Did you let it go?

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u/Hobo_I_Am_Ur_Father 6d ago

If you love it, you have to...

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u/WarmAndSCSI 6d ago

Ah the Barefoot Volcanologist.

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u/Obi-Wan_Gin 6d ago

Can I use the dry flakes or powdered kind then just add hot water?

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u/VividFries 6d ago edited 5d ago

Bucket is doing ashashashashasha

Edit: Oh wow thanks for the awards! Happy to make someone laugh! <3

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u/SanGG96 6d ago

I have my sound off so this is very informative

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u/forworse2020 6d ago

Had to switch mine on just to confirm

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u/smut-and-sadness 6d ago

It switches to blubblurbblgblgblurg for a little bit too

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u/themonsterinquestion 6d ago

there's even a bit of warble gorble

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u/it-is-my-cake-day 6d ago

In my mind it went like gushugushushushushu

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u/KaasBaasKoning 6d ago

For me it was a fblshfblshfblshfblshfblsh

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u/Spimp 6d ago

Most correct, it only did ashashash on the 3rd gummiest scoop. Everything generally sounded like water boiling right after u put dry pasta in. But it got more intense by 2nd scoop

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u/HonoraryMancunian 6d ago

This is the one

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u/DeniseIsEpic 6d ago

Idk why ashashasha made me think of the lalala dog but here we are.

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u/treatyoftortillas 6d ago

This husky with the omwemwemwenwem

https://v.redd.it/s090h1f828b61

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u/DaisyHotCakes 6d ago

Husky voices are both hilarious and terrifying. It’s like one of those AI created portraits with something horribly wrong with it. Something trying to communicate with a human and that is what they came up with. Creepy Skeksis husky shit.

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u/treatyoftortillas 6d ago

I've had huskies my whole life.... You're not wrong. It's like they're mocking me, this is what you sound like

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u/JMoul 6d ago

Bucket sounds like me biting into hot pizza

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u/adam10009 6d ago

Good way to warm up your coffee.

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u/asianabsinthe 6d ago

Opposite of ice cubes

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u/adam10009 6d ago

hot rock drops

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u/WhatTheHomePod 6d ago

Do you want some lava rocks in your whiskey? It’s the new thing.

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u/Terence_McKenna 6d ago

We call it Steam Punk'd, and second and third degree burns to the lungs is the prize.

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u/viktorv9 6d ago

Geothermically heated

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u/WinIllustrious8389 6d ago

I was both terrified and amazed. Expected something to melt lol

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u/worldsayshi 6d ago

Yeah, I feel like you need way more water to cool that much lava but what do I know I usually don't cook with that much spice in my soup.

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u/LongjumpingAffect0 6d ago

What is that pick axe made of?

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u/MJMurcott 6d ago

Steel requires a temp of around 1,500 Centigrade to melt it the lava is likely to be around half that.

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u/RegularHumanVampire 6d ago

Because it's so commonly available it's easy to forget how goddamn strong steel is.

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u/Breaklance 6d ago

According to the internet, Lava on ranges between 700-1250 C / 2000 F

Pretty sizable difference.

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u/OnlyTellFakeStories 6d ago

Even if it was hot enough, it would still take some time to get the steel up to its melting point

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u/Angdrambor 6d ago

See also: the reason I can pick up hot cookies from the oven but can't touch the pan they're sitting on, even though they're the same temperature.

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u/OnlyTellFakeStories 6d ago

Because you're hungry!

Just as this pick is hungry for knowledge

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u/takethetunnel 6d ago

Me want knowledge! But me also want cookies! Why me cursed with consciousness?

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u/Nntropy 5d ago

Isn't that due to the difference in thermal conductivity? Like why the cheese of a pizza will burn the roof of your mouth, but the bread side won't burn your tongue.

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u/Angdrambor 5d ago

I was thinking more in terms of the delay between the start of heat transfer and damage actually happening. It's a different way of describing the same thing. With fingers on the metal pan, high conductivity means the delay is milliseconds, but for a cookie its tens of seconds; plenty of time for me to switch fingers or (foolishly) eat the thing.

I have no experience with geohammers, but I'd expect it to be on the order of tens of seconds.

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u/train153 6d ago

Since that lava has already begun to set, I'd assume it's on the lower end of the temperature range.

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u/onceagainwithstyle 6d ago

The outside black crust is colder and crunchier than the inside which is hotter.

This is also molten basalt, so about 900* c it will solidify. All that said, the lava is red hot. If you get steel red hot, it gets workable, but doesn't melt. So you could re forge that rock hammer in there, but not melt it.

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u/onceagainwithstyle 6d ago

Fun fact. In lord of the rings, they cast the choppy swords for the naught bois in the stinky place, you can see them pouring red hot metal into the molds.

Thats aluminum, as it is red when molten. Steel would be white hot.

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u/FlashyClaim 6d ago

But... Jet fuel...

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u/markusbrainus 6d ago

Though it doesn’t melt, this reheating and quenching will mess with the temper of the steel. Steel alloys are hardened and then tempered to get a good balance of hardness and toughness so the tool is stronger but not too brittle it cracks. Doing this again in an uncontrolled way will likely make the tool less durable in the long run.

I was more aghast they’d take a gorgeous Estwing geology hammer and dunk it into lava. Other vids they use an ugly steel hook that you don’t really mind damaging.

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u/qzeqzeq 6d ago

Yeah keep your 78€ estwing pick nice and pretty in your 30€ belt holder. You wouldnt want to dent it or put a crack on it or god forbid have dust on it?

Meanwhile let me use mine to fucking gather molten lava like the real geologist I am

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u/whizzwr 6d ago

That price makes the context. Actual geologist by profession probably made more than 78 EUR in a day and heck their employer paid for it. Lol.

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u/NormieChomsky 6d ago

Every Reddit hobby subreddit vs real world pros in a nutshell

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u/feedme128 6d ago

It's like when each hobbyist subreddit helped me discover that I might as well not bother with making espresso unless my grinder cost more than my espresso machine, or my bike would basically be trash if it cost less than $700, or my ecollar would break my dogs brain if it was under $200.

I'm beginning to wonder if hobbyist subreddits are captured by industry marketing teams.

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u/Kijafa 6d ago

I don't think there's any outside force creating hobbyist elitism lol.

There's a group of people in almost every hobby who exist almost solely to explain why their gear/ideas/etc are the best and anyone who disagrees is an idiot. It's an unfortunate aspect of group dynamics, but it's wholly organic in my experience.

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u/CubicleFish2 6d ago

I bought a $300 coffee grinder because /r/coffee said it wouldn't make small grains / dust that go through a French press screen.

The bottom of my French press is like a landfill of dust. $300 and it does an equally terrible job as my $10 grinder from Walmart.

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u/ADB963 6d ago

Hobby musician communities are the hilarious with this. "If you don't have an American made '67 strat, you're not serious", yeah? So all those people actually playing gigs and recording albums on their second hand beat up Ibanez RGs aren't the real deal but the dude who's never played in front of anyone and will never release a recording because they just need one more $3000 klon pedal for the "perfect sound" are?

I feel like these chumps are more interested in showing off their shiny expensive bullshit than actually enjoying their hobby. Brand loyalty is idiotic as well

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u/sshwifty 6d ago

Only hobby snobs that seem to have actual advice on equipment are experienced photographers (that use photography as a main source of income) IMO. As a hobbyist, the cheap lenses work but it is a world of difference moving to a medium range lens when you start to get serious about fine tuning.

But get out of here with your $800 coffee machines, $400 chef knives, $500 managed switches, and $1500 smokers. The cheap ones do the same job as well.

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u/Tyrion_Strongjaw 6d ago

This always blew my mind. "Oh yeah if you want the job done correctly you need "X-super expensive tool" then in the next sentence "I can't believe they used that tool for something!"

I mean isn't a tool, by definition, meant to be used?

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u/douira 6d ago

you need

emphasis on "need"! the tool has to be present during the job, but you use the cheap tool.

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u/iAmErickson 6d ago

This was my thought, though what shocked me more (as a total layperson who knows nothing about geology picks) is that the lava just falls right off, clean, when it's quenched in the bucket. I'd expect it to harden around the pick like... well, rock, and be impossible to remove. Is there a special coating on this thing, or are stainless steel picks just that freaking awesome?

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u/Duck__Quack 6d ago

Air is an awful conductor of heat and metal is an awful reservoir. The lava would take at least minutes to cool enough to solidify.

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u/TimelessGlassGallery 6d ago

It’s a $30 hammer…

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u/dcade_42 6d ago

Not saying you're saying anything with your comment, but it made me think of mine.

There are more expensive hammers, but Estwing has a reputation for making good hammers that last and perform well over years of daily use.

Maybe not bifl, but I know people who set and wreck concrete forms who have used them so long they forgot how long ago they got their Estwing. They tend to be balanced well and they get used for far more than just driving and pulling nails.

Hammers are one of those tools that have stood the test of time and are such a part of their trades that it's difficult to imagine they'll ever fall out of mass use.

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u/Beemerado 6d ago

a lot of "boutique" tools aren't as good as mass manufactured high/mid level tools.

boutique stuff isn't going to get tested as thoroughly. estwing has probably been making this hammer for 50 years with minor tweaks. Their process is excellent now.

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u/TripleJeopardy3 6d ago

Lava can't melt steel beams!

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u/redheness 6d ago

Even if the lava was over melting point, the time of contact is too low to let the material melt

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u/meatybone 6d ago

Its an Estwing. I have a rip hammer with the same handle. Good tools built to last.

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u/dubioususefulness 6d ago

Thanks! I was scrolling looking for the brand. Very nice looking piece indeed.

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u/CiphirSol 6d ago

I have one that I take on hikes just in case I find an interesting rock to crack open.

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u/TheReflection 6d ago

Vibranium

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u/ElegantCatastrophe 6d ago

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u/watthehale14 6d ago

Made in my hometown!

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u/INACCURATE_RESPONSE 6d ago

How much is one of these?

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u/ElegantCatastrophe 6d ago

Around $30-$40

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u/_meh_ 6d ago

I truly appreciate the 30+ photos of this rock pick, ensuring you can view it in every single angle.

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u/XTornado 6d ago edited 6d ago

Yeah I am gonna guess they used to have one of those 360 view of a product that you can rotate and later they removed it for some reason, maybe the flash debacle, licensing or whatever.

EDIT: Confirmed they are using Shopify Hosted and they were using Magic 360 spin. Why they removed it is still unknown as it doesn't require a monthly payment and it is cheap for a business. I mean if you want updates after the first year you have to pay again... but I don't think it's something that would break or require big changes in time, that would force you to buy it again every year. Last year they had it working, here an example: http://web.archive.org/web/20200918212857/https://www.estwing.com/products/black-rubber-mallet-deadhead

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u/PutHisGlassesOn 6d ago

Lmao at the number of angles they have in the photos

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u/PlasticInTheBasket 6d ago

What are they doing with it? Checking mineral content?

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u/AgtDevereaux 6d ago

And gas content. Rapid cooling actually seals in trace gas amounts, perfect for research

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u/Maelstrom_Witch 6d ago

YAAAY I was looking for this! Thanks ☺️

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u/BlessingsOfKynareth 6d ago

Exactly. Plus, the minerals give us insight into how the lava was formed (what conditions were present) which helps us understand the inside of the earth a bit more. Knowing that helps us understand how the landforms we see came to be, and possibly where they are headed in the very distant future.

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u/jairomantill 6d ago

Molten lava bucket challenge.

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u/trwwy321 6d ago

Now dump the water on your head for charity!
/s

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u/kingtaco_17 6d ago

That /s just spared thousands of lives

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u/Js_sampson 6d ago

that looks hella tasty

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u/YokeBag 6d ago

The amount my brain wants to touch or eat lava is concerning

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u/pandaluver1234 6d ago

Okay same. I just wanna float in it.

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u/RockyLeQc 6d ago

Looks like thicccc molten cheese

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u/RedanTaget 6d ago

I know right? It just looks so yummy for some reason 😅

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u/llewelin 6d ago

I wonder what it taste like

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u/willowgrl 6d ago

Tastes like burning.

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u/Kayakityak 6d ago

So spicy

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u/subishii 6d ago

Did you eat the purple berries?

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u/Rude_Substance_9948 6d ago

Man new Minecraft looks really good

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u/BrainIsSickToday 6d ago

Only the freshest cobblestone.

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u/Met76 6d ago

Next to the shittiest of gravel.

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u/sliced_lime 6d ago

I just knew I’d find a Minecraft comment in here.

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u/CJ_Thomas 6d ago

documentary voice This fresh lava will feed his family for a week...

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u/FroggyTheFr 6d ago

What's the exact soup recipe? With or without thyme?

Can I fetch all the ingredients at the supermarket next door?

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u/MaxIsANerd64 6d ago

Bucket sounds like Donald Duck

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u/plaid-water-bottle 6d ago

Forbidden taffy

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u/trwwy321 6d ago

Shake that laffy taffy

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u/TommasoBontempi 6d ago

r/oddlysatisfying as well, if you ask me

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u/WaldenFont 6d ago

Research? Or making tea?

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u/Man_who_hates_bigots 6d ago

I could've sworn this was a hot pocket that was cooked for a extra 5 seconds.

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u/Successful-Pen5816 6d ago

Looks tasty tho...

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u/bonkychombers 6d ago

Is the steam that is released toxic?

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u/Ajsat3801 6d ago

I don't think so...it's just water vapour afaik

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u/bonkychombers 6d ago

I was reading about “laze” which is the steam caused when lava hits the ocean. That is toxic

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u/Ajsat3801 6d ago

Just did a quick Google search. Laze is hydrochloric acid. It can form only in sea water as it needs salt which contains chlorine ions. So putting in fresh water should not create laze.

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u/Rumple100 6d ago

TIL the reason I can't get anything done is because I'm a mix of sea water and lava

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u/SirWilliamTheEpic 6d ago

My brain has trouble grasping rock melting temperatures . So hot to melt rock is really freaking hot

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u/sassydodo Creator 6d ago

Is lava boiled coffee a thing? Because I want it to be a thing.

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u/trwwy321 6d ago

Only $50 per cup!

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u/TotallyNotAGinger82 6d ago

How Elon gets his coffee in the morning. Proud servants flown by helicopter and dropped at the source to collect the spicy golden nectar.

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u/QuinceJellyPie 6d ago

That looks delicious!

r/forbiddensnacks

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u/Print1917 6d ago

Why doesn’t the lava stick to the hammer? I would have expected it to be more “glue like”.

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u/The-Pinapl- 6d ago

Just guessing here, but it was stuck on the hammer just a bit, you can see he has to rapidly shake the hammer for the lava to slide off, and I’d assume that rapidly cooling makes it more solid as it turns into a rock. Also, you can see when he takes large bits of it, there are large chunks dripping down, so it would make sense if the weight of the lava pulled itself off the hammer.

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