Myth-testing Christmas movies with SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS (ft. Vsauce3)

I’m Mark. Hey Vsauce, I’m Jake! And today we are in a replica of the Home Alone house that Jake built with his very own hands. So, as thorough men of science, we have set up a few experiments to test some questionable scenes from a few Christmas classics. First, from A Christmas Story, if you can really shoot your eye out with the Red Rider BB gun? And then from Elf, what happens when you actually get hit with a snowball at 95 miles an hour? And finally from Home Alone, what happens if you get a blow torch on your head for 7 seconds? Not yet, Jake! And these will be the first time we’re running these tests, so we truly don’t know what’s going to happen, but as firm believers in the scientific method, we’re going to test our hypotheses and then see who is closer to the final result. And the winner gets to keep the leg lamp behind us. What happens to the loser? The loser has to wear Ralphie’s pink bunny suit. Are you ready to do this? Yes! Let’s do it. Let’s go. So in the movie A Christmas Story, all Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Rider BB gun, but all the adults in his life keep saying “No” because they say “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” What do you think Jake? I do think that they’re not talking about his eye actually coming out, because you have the optic nerve in there which is about as thick as your pinky. I think they really mean that the BB is going to penetrate the eye and then it’ll go blind which, nobody wants. Nobody wants that! And that seems quite a legitimate concern, right? And because they say that he’ll shoot his own eye out, essentially that means that he shoots, the BB goes out, bounces off something, and hits his own eye. So to test this out, we have an authentic Red Rider BB gun, and since Jake wouldn’t volunteer, Sorry about that. I had to find some cow eyes that they use for like biology classes and dissections. And so, as a control, we’re going to make sure the BB will penetrate the eye first without even bouncing off anything. Alright, so that went straight through. There was like no issues. The real question though is the ricochet, right? That is true to the movie. So ,on this next one, we’re going to have the BB come straight, it’ll hit this steel plate, and then bounce into the eye. So, will it make it through the eye? I think, yes. I mean, as you said, it had so much energy, it went all the way into the eye. I think it will hit the plate, ricochet off, and go right into the eye. No problem. I think it’s going to hit the plate, it’s going to like put a dent in it, it will lose a bunch of energy and it will hit the eye but it won’t penetrate it. So, take a moment to guess in the comments below. Who’s right? Me or Jay. Probably me. And, uhh, let’s check it out. Yeah, let’s do it. Totally didn’t go through. It is interesting though, you can see the dent in the plate. And I think that was the culprit. Oh totally, and what’s also interesting is how much energy the eye absorbed. It was, yeah, I don’t know , I think it was really great. It’s a fair point though, a cow’s eye is definitely thicker than a human’s eye. So, if that were Ralphie, that’s bad news. Like a half of a million people a year lose their eyesight due to like eye injuries. So, eye protection is definitely important. But, most importantly, I won this challenge. Ok, so I’m up 1-0, heading into round 2. The movie Elf, Buddy is sort of screwing up a bunch of things in the big city, and nobody likes him. But then, his brother gets attacked by a bunch of thugs in Central Park, and he shows off his mad Elf skills. So, I did some investigating, and I found the spot in Central Park where this actually occurred. Then I measured the distance, and then I also watched the video back and with how many frames it took and then calculated the velocity of the snowball. Turns out, they’re going to throw it at 95 miles per hour. Oh my gosh. And yeah, the punks don’t even move at all. So the question for round 2, is would you fall backwards if you got hit by a snowball at 95 miles an hour? I would say…no. I think you might stumble backwards a little bit, but it’s not going to knock you flat on the ground. And I disagree, 95 miles an hour is very fast. And that something hit your chest, you’re going to move, and stumble back, unlike your hypothesis. Umm. but how are we going to get a a snowball going 95 miles per hour? That’s a great question, and I don’t know the answer to it. I originally wanted to use my snowball machine gun. But, that tops out at like 40 miles an hour. Yeah that’s not good enough. Luckily, as it turns out that if you do the math, that a softball travelling at 65 miles an hour will push you back, just as much as a snowball travelling at 95 miles an hour. And that’s because they have the same momentum, which is defined as the weight of something multiplied by how fast it’s going. So, since the softball weights a bit more, it needs to be travelling a little bit slower to have the same like push back, or momentum transferred to you. And thankfully, I have a way to make a softball go 65 miles an hour. Awesome. Ready to suit it up. Wh..why? Oh…so you lost the first round…so losers always No, no. We don’t have to this.That’s fine. You lost. [Fanfare] 3 2 1 Oh. It looks like the softball pushed Jay back slightly, but not as much as I hypothesized. So that means that we’re all tied up, heading into the final round. In the movie Home Alone, Kevin is defending his house from the Wet Bandits with all these amazing homemade booby traps, which we actually made a video of that on Jake’s channel Vsauce3, so you should go check that out. One of these booby traps is in the kitchen, so when Joe Pesc walked in, the blowtorch goes off with like 4000 degrees of heat and he just sits there and takes it for 7 seconds. After which, he runs with his head on fire for an additional 4 seconds and plunges his head in the snow. And in the end, this is what the damage looks like. I, you know, don’t think that it is, uhh, realistic at all. I, uhh, agree that it seems like an underrepresentation of the damage that would have been done. So to test this out, the good news is, we actually have a volunteer. Oh, that’s lovely. So, underneath this beanie is a layer of chicken skin and then I drilled into the foam head about 2 inches down and put a bead. And so, the question is, do you think it will be hot enough to burn through the beanie, through the skin, and then two inches down into the head. I think yes, given the duration of time and the amount of heat. It’s gonna be pretty severe. It’s a bold.. it’s a bold claim. I don’t think it will actually get all the way down. Alright, well, let’s uhh, check it out. Now, it’s time. After filming this video, I was curious, so I talked with a couple of expert surgeons from the Arizona Burn Center. And they told me that if this actually happened to you, in less than a second, you would have a 3rd degree burn. They said that the chicken was a good under-representation of the skin covering your skull, and it would take between 10 milliseconds to burn through the hat down to the bone. At that point, you still got 8 seconds left and your skull would protect your brain so it wouldn’t be fatal, but it would be so damaged that you probably would need skull reconstruction to replace the charred portion and that carries with the complications that can be fatal. Our moment of truth… let’s see, it doesn’t look like it’s gonna… Ohhh, yes it is. Oh man, ok, so the beanie exposed. very exposed. Curse you….. So, a disappointing hearty congratulations to Jake for winning. You can keep the amazing light lamp. We actually made a video in this exact spot on his channel. Aren’t you forgetting something? Like I said, on Jake’s channel, we went beyond just blowtorches in Home Alone to to see if some of the other booby traps would actually kill you. So go check that out, make sure you comment below. Let us know if you did better than Jake or I in your guesses. I want to give a shout-out to…I can’t do it. Better shout out to Audible for their support on this video. So, I showcased my amazing BB gun shooting skiils today, but I’m afraid I am no match for Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who is actually the deadliest sniper in U.S History. And he wrote a book called American Sniper, which I recently just listened to on Audible. He was nicknamed The Devil and actually had a bounty on his head. That’s why the guy is on the other side. But his fellow Navy Seals called him the Legend. The book is a pretty broad view of what war was like, and how it pretty much sucks for everyone. It tells a lot of stories of what he went through and he doesn’t share his coat much, which I found refreshing. And, as usual,the book is way better than the movie, so if you want to listen to American Sniper or any other book for free, all you have to do is use the link in the description or go to If you neveer tried an audio book, the holidays are a great time to check it out while you are traveling. Plus, they also make a really great gift. Thank you for watching.


  1. Young Boy

    September 5, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    White feather

  2. gostly beef

    September 6, 2019 at 12:10 am

    It will go through edit I was wrong

  3. gostly beef

    September 6, 2019 at 12:12 am

    It will knock you down. Edit I was wrong

  4. The16th Hack

    September 6, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Anyone else think these two related?

  5. Greg Fulton

    September 6, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Unlike a softball, snowballs disintegrate on impact…

  6. Game Over!

    September 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Its not gross Probably Because I'm used to seeing gross things like that
    it just looks like dyed water aka Food coloring and water

  7. #34 Hoops

    September 6, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Me is the winner

  8. Nadia Khan

    September 7, 2019 at 2:16 am

    I love how you explain everything

  9. Skelyboss

    September 7, 2019 at 4:25 am

    The pillow totally didnt absorb the ball

  10. ahmed ali

    September 7, 2019 at 10:46 am

    I think it's not fair that Jake got to wear all that great for the soft ball because most of it's energy is transfered to the gear

  11. москва отправлено

    September 7, 2019 at 3:50 pm


  12. Clyde Tiburcio

    September 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Great cobra kai shirt

  13. EA. ASMR

    September 7, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    he had a board in front of his legs to protect him

  14. Mustang gaming

    September 8, 2019 at 3:14 am


  15. Bryton Duropan

    September 8, 2019 at 3:51 am

    My mannnn, Mark Rober with the Cobra Kai shirt.

  16. Lura Adams

    September 8, 2019 at 2:19 pm


  17. J Huston

    September 8, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    wear some googles beech

  18. Vivifoxx 08

    September 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    LOL I LOVE these movies!! Thanks for the amazing vid!

  19. Robert Leather

    September 8, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    5:20 The problem with comparing the snowball to the softball is that the snowball is effectively a loosely coupled object of spicky snow flakes that would be destroyed upon impact, thus dissipating the energy, where the softball is a (comparatively) solid object the not only absorbs but rebounds the impact elastically.

  20. V1D30

    September 9, 2019 at 2:33 am

    I have the pink bunny suite

  21. Kitabananas Brownie

    September 9, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Why are people bitching about the fact he has protection on during the snowball stunt? I mean other places on the internet to see people get hurt badly if that’s what you’re into. God.

  22. cesar salgado

    September 9, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    on the first test with the bb gun it would be almost impossible for the bb to bounce back at the shooter with the speed to even leave a mark. The test is glancing a bb

  23. Christopher Jr. baca

    September 10, 2019 at 2:35 am

    This I'd why you where glasses

  24. batmanhen 18

    September 10, 2019 at 3:18 am

    With the softball you would have to account for the pillow cushioning the blow making you not get hit as hard so you would have to try something else for that

  25. a b

    September 10, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    The highlight of the video is seeing Mark in the Bunny onesie

  26. PewPewsAlote

    September 10, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    why the hell did you use styrofoam. that stuff melts if you sneeze on it

  27. Hannah Baumann

    September 10, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    I was eating grapes aghhhhhhhhhhh lol

  28. pigeon

    September 11, 2019 at 3:06 am

    0:53 mark always goes to the left in his videos when its time to start

  29. T-Series helper

    September 11, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Red rider gun


  30. Omer Kaled

    September 11, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Me is right

  31. T e . e n u h

    September 11, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    You are so cool

  32. Rumble Gear

    September 11, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    You're both wrong the real answer is that Me and everybody watching this video should subscribe to this channel

  33. TheXStriker

    September 12, 2019 at 1:16 am

    if he had not have had the pillows, he would've been knocked

  34. Abraham Wondafrash

    September 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    the fire you did at the end of the video really scared me!

  35. Surge

    September 13, 2019 at 8:08 am


  36. VngTak

    September 13, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks for gross warning, Im eating

  37. Aj Wiseman

    September 14, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I feel like you didn't take this as serious as you do your other videos.

  38. 100% of pizza i eat

    September 14, 2019 at 4:02 pm


  39. Elsa Goedkoop

    September 14, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Is it only me or does mark looks super handsome in that pink bunny costume?🤔

  40. Tyson Versteeg

    September 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    the people in the movie had no padding but Jake did

  41. Leadman36 93

    September 14, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Someone get this man on film theory or game theory

  42. Ghffvgsgc

    September 14, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I agree vsauce3

  43. JimXUltima

    September 15, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Wouldn't the snowball disperse and dissipate on impact unlike a softball, Doing less damage anyway?

  44. Masterbub GD

    September 15, 2019 at 3:20 am

    mark for the win

  45. Odd ScopeZZZ

    September 16, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Anyone realize marks wearing a cobra kai shirt

  46. Kittencrew2

    September 16, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Mark is a winner vsause ya

  47. Thoughbro

    September 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

    I see that vsauce3 has a xenomorph on his shirt

  48. CyborgKing200

    September 17, 2019 at 5:08 am

    I remember the leg lamp and when it broke in the movie xD

  49. Flaming Mad

    September 18, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    1:59: Not as gross as I thought. That's nothing.

  50. Rory Willmers

    September 20, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    you not gack

  51. Jan Morten Tøndel

    September 20, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    First thing i think me is right

  52. Gabriella suitor

    September 21, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    7:17 this is what happened to Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial and he had to have reconstructive surgery

  53. Jordan Glenn

    September 21, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    its mark

  54. Abhijit Banerjee

    September 23, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    love that cobra kai t-shirt

  55. sandy hansen

    September 24, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Wow do I see a cobra Kai shirt

  56. Equality Forever

    September 24, 2019 at 1:29 am

    American Sniper is American propaganda.

  57. Nadia Cherni

    September 24, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Don't know

  58. Demon boy Gaming

    September 25, 2019 at 1:00 am


  59. Fat_Panda_22

    September 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    5:48 but wouldn't some of the energy get lost in the pillow and the pad

  60. kevboy Albert

    September 25, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I disagree with the test for the snow ball. Even if the momentum the same most of the kinetic energy will go into the shatered snow ball, but since the other one is more solid most KE will transfer to you. Kind of the same way a bullet will not push you back instead it will pass through you even if its momentum is great.

  61. Andaros 210

    September 25, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Actually, as to the BB gun it's more likely they meant he would fire it while looking down the barrel for some reason.

  62. Zoe Eaton

    September 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    The pillow obsorbed all the impact

  63. Elek Csira

    September 28, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Mark is right

  64. Dadada Dadada

    September 28, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    is it just me that i find the gross part satisfying😂

  65. Tatiana Sorrentino

    September 29, 2019 at 12:47 am

    leg lamp

  66. Daniel and colton

    September 30, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    At 2:06 looks delicious

  67. engine associates

    October 1, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Poor, poor beanie

  68. titanic lovers

    October 2, 2019 at 11:30 pm


  69. Don joshua Anil

    October 4, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I think home alone took the blowtorch damage from cartoons as it is for children

  70. nivloc99

    October 5, 2019 at 12:53 am


  71. Nicholas Hlinka

    October 5, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Depends on the kind of bullet being used

  72. Unknown_R

    October 5, 2019 at 7:38 am

    you guys look like brothers…

  73. David Lewis

    October 6, 2019 at 12:42 am

    1st round was definitely not the correct way to test the hypothesis

  74. Aiden Amparo

    October 7, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    You mark

  75. Marcus Ebbesen Sønder

    October 8, 2019 at 5:17 pm


  76. Meg Taylor

    October 10, 2019 at 12:54 am

    It won't penetrate it

  77. FNL 265

    October 11, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I thought vsauce3 is Mark Brother

  78. Thepurge Boi

    October 12, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I was eating

  79. Jannik Aurich

    October 12, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    But the pillow absorbs much off the energy.

  80. Shibu Thomas

    October 13, 2019 at 11:12 am


  81. Erin McGrath

    October 14, 2019 at 1:41 am

    nerf war

  82. Deaven Starke

    October 14, 2019 at 7:41 am

    mark is right

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