562 stick bombs explode in world record chain reaction

Ever build a stick bomb? Weave together a few popsicle sticks or tongue depressors, and the slightest touch sets them off.

Kinetic artist Tim Fort used 2250 tongue depressors to build 562 of the little tension-loaded bombs, placing them in close proximity with each other and detonating a huge sequential maelstrom with a simple touch. That was enough to break the world record for a chain reaction of these xyloexplosive devices.

Reminds us of domino toppling. We especially like Tim's colorful flourishes at the end, revealing "World Record" as the grand finale. Let this be a challenge to the next stick bomb constructor, inserting even more interstitial features.

Via Boing Boing