Dictionaries can be dangerous

« previous post | next post »

From the Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube:


  1. Duncan said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 7:51 am

    Awesomeness indeed! =:^)

    I had seen this on the youtube front page a day or so ago, but didn't expect to see it here, so it was a special pleasure. Under that kind of pressure, as we see, books are indeed dangerous!

    Meanwhile, having spent six years in Kenya growing up in the 70s, with two trips each way from/to the US thru Europe, and with exposure to both Navajo and Spanish since then, I've really learned to appreciate the many different accents, which are ear candy to me. So I enjoy watching/listening to the videos on the Hydraulic Press channel in part for the accent. =:^)

    BTW, for anyone watching who isn't familiar with the channel or hasn't already discovered this, be sure and watch the videos past the primary feature and apparent outro. Somewhere early in the series he started doing a bonus feature after the apparent outro, most often crushing small modeling clay figures along with some additional humorous commentary in that delightful accent. I've grown to rather appreciate his humor as a result, and this video's bonus brings a mild additional surprise as he tries to save… well, watch and see what, and how it turns out!

    Anyway, I can just imagine someone, maybe his wife/daughter/coworker as often heard laughing in the background, working these figures into shape as they giggle in anticipation of the coming crush.

  2. Bean said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 8:16 am

    The disembodied commenters are for sure one of the highlights. Also the maniacal cackling. You should see the hockey puck one!

  3. cameron said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 10:06 am

    The line at the end "the book exploded very well", which prompted some of the maniacal cackling mentioned above, reminded me of the old SCTV catch-phrase "he blowed up good, blowed up real good".

  4. shubert said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    press vs. suppress; dictionary vs. dictator…

  5. Mark P said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 10:30 am

    I heard an echo of Mr Bill from SNL when he tried to save the clay man at the end.

  6. Dan Lufkin said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 11:39 am

    Well, this should destroy the myth that Finns do not have a sense of humor. It's only that funny things happen there only rarely.

  7. David L said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 11:52 am

    @Dan Lufkin: I liked his little joke at the beginning, when he said he chose this particular book because he didn't need it any more…

  8. Charles Antaki said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 4:53 pm

    It's amazing that the Finnish Health and Safety Board (they must have one) haven't marched him off to court – the lack of a secure cage around the press ought to give them a heart attack. Brilliant. It's like a public information film directed by Aki Kaurusmaki.

  9. David Morris said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 5:10 pm

    That's Finnished off that book!

  10. Sybil said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 5:36 pm

    Dictionaries are awesome! Just this past week, Merriam-Webster tweeted the tweet heard 'round the world

    Here's my personal favorite response:
    ".@MerriamWebster I wish I could have known in highschool that dictionaries would eventually take to the internet to stand up against bullies"

  11. Ralph J Hickok said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 6:42 pm

    I had read that Ray Bradbury originally planned to write a novel titled "PSI 25,000," but found out that wouldn't work, so he changed it to "Fahrenheit 451."

  12. Max said,

    April 29, 2016 @ 4:16 am

    The only thing that cannot be destroyed by the Hydraulic Press is Hydraulic Press Guy's marriage to Mrs. Background-Laughter, which is built on the secure foundation of a love of crushing things.

RSS feed for comments on this post