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Of Course Someone Wanted to Figure Out How Many Rubber Bands It Takes to Lift a Car


"It's a beautiful sight to see this car dangling above us, held with office supplies."

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

The host of the YouTube channel VSauce -- the same guy who answered the question "What would happen if everyone on Earth jumped at once?" -- is at it again with another question you probably never thought about but are now dying to know: How many rubber bands would it take to lift a car?

This time Michael from VSauce appeared on the YouTube channel Fast, Furious and Funny to find out.

The players in the video are a 30-ton crane, 180 rubber bands (the regular, office supply store kind) and a Nissan Micra, a supermini car that weighs about 1,000 kg. The rubber bands themselves are about 8 mm thick and 80 mm long. They can hold about 6 kg each.

Michael says that the weight of the car might be a "bit of a stretch" -- a pun most likely intended -- because when they are pulled they offer resistance as the molecules try to "squeeze themselves back."

The team rigs the car up with scaffold bars: one under the roof through the windows on the inside of the car, the other on top. They hold the two bars together with the rubber bands on each side.

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

"It's going to be like a yo-yo car," one of the Fast, Furious and Funny hosts said. "It's going to bounce, like a little bit of bobbing around."

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

Once the car lifts completely off the ground, Michael says, "it's a beautiful sight to see this car dangling above us, held with office supplies."

Michael then wonders about how long the car would stay up there (a month maybe?) before the bands wore out, dropping the vehicle. They won't wait that long to find out though. The Fast, Furious and Funny hosts have another idea. You probably can guess what happens next, but we'll let you watch for yourself to find out.

Check out the video:

(H/T: Gizmodo)

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