Turning Coal into Diamonds, using Peanut Butter


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In today’s video, we’re putting a popular
internet myth to the test, to see if you can make a crystal out of a hot charcoal
and peanut butter. [Music] All right Calli, have you seen
this video going around? It has like 195
million views so far, and it shows how you
can turn a charcoal briquette and some peanut butter
into a clear crystal. There’s no way. I don’t know,
but we’ve had like dozens, if not hundreds of people
ask me to see if this works. So we are going to try this out. Here’s the basic idea. Following the video and the
instructions as closely as possible, we’re going to see if we can replicate the results of
turning a piece of charcoal into a crystal. My goal is to replicate
is exactly as possible how they show this being done
in the other video. They also have
some written instructions, which don’t really show anything
more than what the video does, but talk us through
what equipment we’ve got, and what we’re going
to be doing. It’s really just
a charcoal briquette, some peanut butter,
and some ice. Now, we’ve done everything
we could to replicate as closely as possible to
what we saw in the video. So in the video, I think we were able to make
out a K on the briquette. So we’ve got
a Kingsford charcoal briquette. You couldn’t see what brand
of peanut butter they’re using, but it was smooth peanut butter
in a fairly large jar, so we’ve got that. They used a metal bowl,
we’ve got a metal bowl. They used small metal tongs. We’ve got small metal tongs. I think we’ve got everything about as close as we can get,
so it’s time to get started. First step, let’s get
some charcoal burning. We’re going to make
a little pile of charcoal. We’re going to get some burning, and then we’re going to try
and find a briquette that looks like it’s just exactly the same amount of burnt
as the one in the video. Okay. No! [Music] So now, we’re going to take
a burning charcoal inside the house, which don’t take burning
charcoal inside the house guys. Carbon monoxide’s a real thing. The entire house already smells
like burning charcoal you guys. This is a terrible idea. If you don’t have
good ventilation, well, don’t do this anyways, but especially, don’t do this in
like a closed room. That’s not how you do it. Not all the way. But yeah, mostly. A little more. Little more. We’re gonna dump some on top. That looks good. Charcoal into the peanut butter. Swirling it around. I don’t– Yeah, this is– Okay, that looks pretty well coated.>>Okay.
>>Into ice. Okay, more ice on top,
more ice on top. More!
More! A little bit more. Okay, that’s good. Now, we put it in the freezer. Okay, now real quick. We have to leave it
in here for 24 hours. Real quick. Okay, wait for it. We’re just going to live
stream the next 24 hours. All right, we’ve let the peanut butter
covered charcoal sit overnight. Now, we need to rinse this off
in a bowl of warm water. There’s the– It’s just charcoal. Briquette. But in the video, there’s like a layer of it .You
kind of got to work through. Oh, come on.
Come on. Wait. I think see something. What? No way!
No way. What? Guys, there’s a
crystal in there. [Music] Okay, we’ve got a couple more. Let’s try these. Okay. [Music] What the– What is that? What the heck? It’s like a metallic crystal. Has anybody else ever
gotten this result before? Checkout.
What’s that? Yeah, what’s this? What’s this? Whoa! Hang on. Guys! Oh my gosh. I think it’s a Pokemon. Guys! It’s a Bulbasaur. I made a Bulbasaur. Look at that. The metal, the Bulbasaur, and the crystal are
all equally real. None of these worked. In fact, that’s
not even crystal. That’s isomalt. It’s a sugar substitute. This is completely edible. Do you guys want to know
why this doesn’t work? There’s about a
thousand reasons honestly. But let’s break it down for you. So we did have actual charcoal briquettes
to put in the freezer, but what we showed
pulling out of the bowl, and then putting
in warm water, and you saw the reveal. We rubbed away some charcoal
and like, oh, there’s crystal behind it. We just took one
of these pieces of isomalt that was kind of
shaped like crystal. We took some charcoal powder,
we mix it with some water, some corn syrup, and some peanut butter
to give it a good consistency, and then we just stuck it
to the outside of our Bulbasaur, this is a small
piece of gallium, and our isomalt crystal, and we just formed it into
a sort of a briquette shaped, froze it, we
had liquid nitrogen. So we use that,
but you could have just as easily said it in the freezer
for a couple hours. We just froze it, and we just spread
peanut butter on it, and we put it in a bowl of ice. None of these were
even close to real. Let’s take a look
at the real ones, and see how those are different. We’re doing a real test as well. We want to see what happens
if we don’t fake this, and try and get
some real results. So we’re going to take
three more charcoal briquettes from our little barbecue bonfire
in the backyard. We’re going to did those
in peanut butter, and try and coat them. But as you saw, the peanut butter
doesn’t actually coat that well, so I think even
that part was fake. And then we’re also going to see
if we can microwave one. Calli, why are we
trying to microwave? So I looked
at several videos online. Yes, there is a really
really popular one, but it doesn’t actually show you how you’re heating up
that charcoal briquette. I saw multiple other videos that say that your
microwaving that briquette, and so that’s what I’m trying. You think 90 minutes is enough? That should do it. Okay. Sorry about your house, Grant. All right. So what’s the difference
between this one, and the last one? This one’s real. We’re not going to take it out
and put a crystal inside of it before– Before the reveal. Oh, that smells so bad. Also, the microwave’s smoking. This can’t be healthy. And that was two minutes. Can you see
how much time is left? Oh, so the video I watched. This guy put his briquette
in the microwave, took it out, dumped it
in the peanut butter, and then said, must leave
for a hundred minutes. I’m going to take this out
and dunk it in there, and I’m going to pull it out
in like an hour and a half. Don’t show that part. Please show that part. [Music] Microwave briquette. [Music] The briquette that we
left in longer, that had most of the briquette
was like turning gray, and it was on fire little bit. Like that’s been dunked
in a lot of peanut butter. It’s under the ice. It’s burning right
through the peanut butter, still like smoke coming
up out through everything, and I can hear it. It’s like boiling some
of the ice away too, I think. So, I don’t know if that’s smoke
from the peanut butter, or steam from the heat and ice. But our microwave looks like it
might be about to light on fire. So I think it’s time
to take that charcoal out. We are about to set
off the fire alarm. [Music] It’s going to be there a while. Okay, so we have let the
charcoal from the microwave sit in the peanut butter
for a hundred minutes. Aha! Turned into a crystal. It turned into a crystal. It turned into– Ah that is– That is a really– I can get it.
I know I can. Aha. Yep, seems right. [Music] You know what? I’m gonna call that good enough. All right. Let’s let that sit for 24 hours. It’s now been 24 hours. It’s time for the reveal. All right, moment of truth. This is the real one. An actual charcoal that was hot,
we put in peanut butter, and then we froze overnight. Now, we’re going to see
what’s really on the inside. If there’s actually
a crystal in here, I am gonna laugh. Guys! Guys, look at this. It’s still a briquette. A slightly burnt
piece of charcoal? Can I break it? Nope, Nate get the hammer. Guys, the truth. Whole lot of charcoal
inside that charcoal. Nothing else. Our three briquettes
at different temperatures. So these were all on fire. We let that fire burn out. One was a low heat, one was a medium,
one was high, and then this is our– Microwaved. And then left
in the peanut butter for a hundred minutes
just to be safe. Oh, look. It’s a charcoal briquette. You better break
it just to be safe. There’s the inside. It’s charcoal. Here, try your medium
one just in case. Oh look,
another charcoal briquette. What? Please. Yay, more charcoal. Shocker. What about the one
that was like– Super heated. Most of it was burning. So first off, you can see the scorch marks
from when we dropped it in the peanut butter.>>Again.
>>What? No crystal inside? All right, my microwave one, but I followed all
of the instructions correctly. What’s this? Nate, Nate! Is it charcoal?>>It’s charcoal.
>>No way. Oh look, a charcoal briquette. Guys, you can’t make
crystals out of charcoal and peanut butter. Crystals are formed
from volcanic activity, different kinds of rocks
are slowly cooling down, often under massive
amounts of pressure, and I say slow. I mean like it usually
takes thousands of years for good crystals to form. You can get those kits
in the store that you can make chemical crystals
over a couple of weeks. But again, that’s a couple
of weeks with chemicals, that’s different. There are ways you can do
it even faster than that. Sometimes, I think Grant has done somewhere he boiled
off all the water in a pot, and you are left with a bunch
of crystals growing in there. That looks pretty cool. Yeah. But like this doesn’t even have
an evaporation of water to leave behind a residue that’s going to form
into a crystal. That’s something else
we should talk about. Coal and charcoal,
not the same thing. Calli, what is coal? So coal is actually
the mineral anthracite, and what that basically
is is it’s a mineral composed of carbon. It takes millions
of years to make, a lot of pressure, and it’s basically the breakdown
of plant remains. Whereas what we’ve been using,
the charcoal briquettes, charcoal is a
sometimes called coal because it kind of resembles it and is used in similar ways
when you burn it. But charcoal is just wood
or other similar plant material that’s been burned
in the absence of oxygen. It’s something that you
can make pretty easily yourself, and happens pretty much
every time you have a campfire. You make a fire, and then there’s
like the black stuff at the bottom that is
still just in lump shape. That’s just charcoal. And the briquettes are charcoal
that’s been made, and then broken up
into like dust, and then compress down
into just the right shape, with maybe a little bit
of other chemicals in to make it burn
a little bit better. At least, with this kind
that we’re using. Not the same thing as coal, and doesn’t turn into crystals
under this situation, or possibly any situation. So pretty much everything about
this is just 100% nonsense. And I think honestly, the people making the video knew
that it was 100% nonsense. I don’t think they are actually
trying to convince anyone. Well, they were trying
to convince people it was real. I don’t think they thought
it was real when they faked it, because they
definitely faked it. They made a crystal. We made a Bulbasaur. We win. Bulbasaur. Can you make Pokemon? Guys, that’s not all, we’ve always got more
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