Turning Seashells Into Glass (Debunking Viral Videos)

  • Published: 11 September 2019
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Comments • 2 768

  • Lumberjack king the great

    It's kinda sad to see these buteful 🐚,s be destroyed but it's for science and just why not right have a great day

    • Goku Yu
      Goku Yu  12 hours back

      You should take 1 shell and put it in mixture of all 4 liquids

      • Amu
        Amu  15 hours back

        Anyone else getting Dr. Stone vibes?

        • Ryan Saeger
          Ryan Saeger  15 hours back

          If you keep using the same acid the pH will keep going towards 7. Should be using fresh acid to get the most accurate results. It's keeps creating calcium nitrate/sulfate/chloride (the conjugate base), CO2(g) and H2O.

          • Ryan Saeger
            Ryan Saeger  15 hours back

            Also it's chemically impossible to turn seashells (calcium carbonate) into glass (silicon dioxide).

        • Otaku Danieru
          Otaku Danieru  15 hours back

          Srsly...just watch Dr.Stone(anime)

          • Tactical Booty
            Tactical Booty  1 days back

            *Crossbows Assemble*

            • Dylan Dreisbach
              Dylan Dreisbach  1 days back

              Those dissolved seashells do look transparent to me.

              • GammaGaming
                GammaGaming  2 days back

                This video makes me uncomfortable in every way

                • Shell the killer
                  Shell the killer  2 days back

                  The king of random burning the shells

                  Everyone who's name is shell 😥

                  • Luminous YT
                    Luminous YT  2 days back

                    I’m shaking so much like I’m carrying something heavy while I watch this vedio idk why😅

                    • Fur-ious Flood
                      Fur-ious Flood  2 days back

                      I mean it did turn clear....

                      • Kathy Nichols 2019
                        Kathy Nichols 2019  3 days back

                        I use muriatic acid to clean my seashells dilute it with water 3 to 5 Seconds take it out put it in clean water to rinse it off beautiful seashells

                        • BruhitsJoyce
                          BruhitsJoyce  3 days back

                          Try making a cotton candy with the shell powder lmao

                          • TheKrawfish
                            TheKrawfish  3 days back

                            9:39 Zenyata?

                            • Nicole Smith
                              Nicole Smith  3 days back

                              I have fresh eggs

                              • KT Vet
                                KT Vet  4 days back

                                My thoughts before the video... when cleaning a fish tank vinegar does break down calcium.. so it seems possible I suppose but wouldnt that just dissolve the entire shell?

                                • harmoney hughes
                                  harmoney hughes  5 days back

                                  i am so confused why is Grant`s picture on the wall sorry haven't watched in a while

                                  • qwerty mnbvc
                                    qwerty mnbvc  5 days back

                                    try to put a log in nitric acid with a bit of sulfuric acid, 2 days later let it dry then lite it up to see what happen.

                                    • harshal vyas
                                      harshal vyas  7 days back

                                      If you really want to debunk viral video's then dunk natural condition/situations that can be shown through physically re-creating it with science (P,C,M,B,etc )/numbers
                                      Try with this video's

                                      • RainbowLLama15
                                        RainbowLLama15  7 days back

                                        Captain America : avengeeeeeeeeeers 0:28

                                        • Kiyoshi Furuya
                                          Kiyoshi Furuya  1 weeks back

                                          Hmmm, interesting. Maybe coating the shells with silicon dioxide and sodium. Under precise temperature, pressure, and time, could tranmutate the calcium carbonate into silicon dioxide? Then sweat the impurites with heat without compromising the structure?

                                          • Norm Whiffin
                                            Norm Whiffin  1 weeks back

                                            You can use shells to make cement. Bake them in a fire, then pour water on them. Cool reaction, gets hot.

                                            • Katie Malfoy
                                              Katie Malfoy  1 weeks back

                                              Basics? Do You mean Alkalis

                                              • Muscle Mantis
                                                Muscle Mantis  1 weeks back

                                                Acid Base reactions always produce a salt in solution, water, and CO2

                                                • SYANU KESH
                                                  SYANU KESH  1 weeks back

                                                  Can u melt different types of bones

                                                  • BlackWeave
                                                    BlackWeave  1 weeks back

                                                    guys have you ever tried dr stone (that's an anime) experiments/inventions?

                                                  • Lola Bella
                                                    Lola Bella  1 weeks back


                                                    • Watermellon foxx
                                                      Watermellon foxx  1 weeks back

                                                      Big brain time

                                                      • Kelsey Mixer
                                                        Kelsey Mixer  1 weeks back

                                                        Yep, this is what’s happening to our oceans... :(

                                                        • guren mark laurente
                                                          guren mark laurente  1 weeks back

                                                          Hey guys can you try shells that has nacre on it? Like abalone shell for example. :)

                                                          • yours, mina
                                                            yours, mina  1 weeks back

                                                            it's awkward how the girl keeps looking at the guy when she doesnt talk

                                                            • xChuChySims
                                                              xChuChySims  1 weeks back

                                                              Well figure out how to make glass and if it’s is possible

                                                              • sammie Canana
                                                                sammie Canana  1 weeks back

                                                                Don't shells below the equator grow left like a drain swirls opposite? I think I heard that

                                                                • Greengiraffes 128
                                                                  Greengiraffes 128  1 weeks back

                                                                  Kind of annoyed they destroyed so many lovely shells but FOR SCIENCE

                                                                  • Andrew Chase
                                                                    Andrew Chase  1 weeks back

                                                                    The big shells don’t dissolve because calcium carbonate act as a base. It neutralises acid... so maybe the bigger shells don’t dissolve that much because they have completely neutralise the vinegar...

                                                                    • Andrew Chase
                                                                      Andrew Chase  1 weeks back

                                                                      But she’ll turning into glass is a scam haha

                                                                  • Akeem Faison
                                                                    Akeem Faison  1 weeks back

                                                                    Burn the sea shells and then crush them to powder put them in cotton candy
                                                                    Machine would it make cotton candy

                                                                    • Michael Garcia
                                                                      Michael Garcia  1 weeks back

                                                                      Maybe pour something into the shell that is inert before putting the shells into the acid.

                                                                      • Nikole P
                                                                        Nikole P  1 weeks back

                                                                        You guys should freeze dry glow stick liquid

                                                                        • Gerald Florence
                                                                          Gerald Florence  1 weeks back

                                                                          First of all, for anyone who knows chemistry, you can't turn calcium carbonate which shells are primarily made of, into silicate which what glass is primarily made of. The other material, chitin, is less enduring and falls apart. I'm appalled at the state of people's knowledge of general physics, biology, and chemistry. I am 56 and am grateful for having the solid background that so few kids get these days. Don't get me wrong. It's great to experiment and see what happens, but, knowing your basic facts can go a long way to help save time and material.

                                                                          • Don Stash
                                                                            Don Stash  2 weeks back

                                                                            use acetic acid that is the same strength as the other acids for a fair test

                                                                            • joebaby1975
                                                                              joebaby1975  2 weeks back

                                                                              The woman looks just Gwen stefani to me.

                                                                              • D P
                                                                                D P  2 weeks back

                                                                                I wonder what would happen if you used vinegar to take away to outer layer and then bleached it.

                                                                                • Ha Nguyen Thu
                                                                                  Ha Nguyen Thu  2 weeks back

                                                                                  And that, kids, is why you should study your chemistry. Viral video would not be so viral if chemistry is viral

                                                                                  • Ancient Knowledge
                                                                                    Ancient Knowledge  2 weeks back

                                                                                    The foundry shells were once used as an additive to clay along with broken heated and ground up pottery to make the pottery much stronger

                                                                                    • Matthew Irizarry
                                                                                      Matthew Irizarry  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I didnt expect to be so affected by seeing Grant's picture on the wall. Rest in peace, sir. Everyone misses you.

                                                                                      • Alamaru
                                                                                        Alamaru  2 weeks back

                                                                                        My theory is that the one used in the video you looked at is glass or plastic that's shaped and painted to look like a shell. The vinegar simply took the paint off.

                                                                                        • Krista Kumbernuss
                                                                                          Krista Kumbernuss  2 weeks back

                                                                                          I like how you put Grants photo on the wall the founder of TKOR

                                                                                          • Noah VanderKlok
                                                                                            Noah VanderKlok  2 weeks back

                                                                                            9:35 Why did'n't you show us the orange!