Friends create the world's biggest bath bomb, then throw it into a swimming pool
The wonderful thing about bath bombs is that not only soothing effect they can have on your skin, they also turn your bathwater into a fizzing pool of wonder! It's like stepping into a Picasso painting or a Kate Bush music video. I don't know why, but there is something intensely satisfying about watching a bath bomb fizzle away and then feeling it bubbling away under your toes.
However, if you are a frequent user of bath bombs, then you'll know just how messy they can leave your tub. We've all struggled to remove that bright blue ring from around the bath (and don't even get me started on the confetti). And believe me, the bigger the bomb, the greater the mess!
Another thing to point out is that despite their name, bath bombs don't really create an actual explosion - although that's probably for the best. But if there are any closeted witches or wizards reading this and they want to conjure up a great prank to play on us muggles, I wouldn't be completely against a little explosion (Weasley twins, are you there?!).
But what if bath bombs did create an almighty explosion? What if these bedtime treats could create something on the verge of nuclear!? Well, the ones your grandma buys you for Christmas may only create a little fizz, but these friends decided to step up the bath bomb game, creating a 2,000 lb one. But with no bath big enough to contain the beastie bomb, they then dropped it into a swimming pool!
The YouTubers behind Vat19 were desperate to find out for themselves what would happen with such a large bomb and what they created is nothing short of the greatest viral video of summer 2018. However, if you've ever tried to make a bath bomb yourself, then you'll know that a surprising amount of work is involved. Well, now times all that hard work by 1,000, and you'll still be nowhere near the amount of effort these guys put into creating this WMR (weapon of mass relaxation).
To create what they dubbed the "World's Largest Bathbomb", the Vat19 team had to build a specially made container to house their monster. If you ever tried to create a model of the solar system as a kid, think along those lines but bigger. Much, MUCH bigger.
To see the creation of this absolute beast, check out the video below:
To see the mind-blowing moment the giant bath bomb was thrown into the swimming pool, check out the video below...
The inside of the contraption - which I like to call "the bath bomb cooker" - couldn't be empty either and they lined it with sheet upon sheet of aluminum foil.
And what the hell did they fill this bad boy with? Well, all the usual ingredients that you'd expect to find in a bath bomb except they were used on a huge industrial scale. Literally. This meant that they had to buy dozens of bags of citric acid, cornstarch, and baking soda.
After this, the team began the mixing process, and contrary to what you might think, this didn't take place in the kitchen sink with a giant wooden spoon - oh no! This was an industrial affair from start to finish, and the bath bomb was created using a cement mixer.
Once the mixture was created, the team were then faced with the painstaking task of placing it layer by layer into the bath bomb cooker. I can only assume that cosmetic companies like Lush have a much easier way of creating their bath bombs because this looks exhausting.
Once the first half of the bath bomb was complete (we're only halfway in), the bath bomb cooker was rolled outside and into the sunshine so that it could dry and harden just like cement.
After this, the Vat19 team, already exhausted from making the first half of the bath bomb, had to summon their remaining strength and energy to create the second half - and because it had to be placed on top of the first, it made for a strenuous task. It was basically a lavender-scented workout.
This involved placing a cover over the first half of the bath bomb and slowly but surely filling it with the mixture and flatting it as they went along. Once this was complete, the Vat19 team had to wait for the entire bath bomb to dry, and then the fun could really begin!
Check out the video below to see the glorious moment that the bath bomb exploded into the pool for yourself:
Presumably wearing masks to protect themselves from the fumes and dust which was radiating off the bath bomb, the outer layer of its oven was removed by the poolside, and, as the picture below so fabulously demonstrates, it really puts the "bomb" in bath bomb when it comes to sheer size.
It was then gloriously tipped into the swimming pool and created the kind of seismic waves that you'd expect from a 2,000 lb object!
To avoid any accidents, no one was actually in the pool when the bath bomb was first tipped in, but when it was safely fizzing away, the joyous group of grown-ups gleefully jumped in and got to enjoy the bath of their lives. I'm not going to lie, it puts every bath I've ever had to shame.
Unlike the small pieces of bath bomb which float around most of our tubs after the initial fizzle, the Vat19 crew and their friends were left with huge chunks that they started playing games within the pool (I hope they were careful though - they could fizzle someone's eye out!).
And, like any great bath bomb, it turned the blue of the pool into the most satisfying and indulgent violet color. This aerial picture of the aftermath is breathtaking. But being a realist, I can't help but wonder/dread how in the purple hell they managed to clean that pool afterward. I'm pretty sure they had to hire a professional - or just buy a new pool!
On the subject of swimming pools being given novel purposes, the Vat19 team are by no means the first people to do something remarkable with everybody's favorite summer pastime. Not by a long shot.
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you, the pool pictured below really is that deep. Named Nemo 33, this indoor pool in Uccle, Belgium, was once the record holder for the world's deepest pool, and it is used to help teach divers their craft as it comes complete with its own underwater caves.
Its deepest points go as far down as 100 feet and it contains a whopping 2.5 million liters of water. It's basically a tiny ocean in and of itself.
Speaking of the ocean, if you've ever gotten tired of visiting manmade wave pools that only go off every 30 minutes, why not check out the Bondi Icebergs Club? Although, not just anyone can swim at this pool in Sydney, Australia. You have to be able to swim in ice cold water due to the fact that the ocean spills into it.
It's definitely one to consider if, unlike the Vat19 team, you're looking to have the most adrenaline-fuelled pool dip of your life.
But if the thought of going for a swim in a pool with ocean waves crashing into it sounds like a bit too much for you, then look away now. However, if you're a true thrillseeker, then the Devil's Pool at the top of the Victoria Falls in Zambia might just be your idea of Heaven (which, ironically, is where you could end up if you take a slip).
Certainly not for the fainthearted, its swimmers are treated to jaw-dropping views of a drop that's more than 350 feet. Although it's not a manmade swimming pool like the others on the list, during the winter months, a small rock pool forms at the top of the falls and it is used as such.
Another natural swimming pool that will give you a dip like no other is the world famous Blue Lagoon in Iceland. You can enjoy a naturally warm bath there, as it is located on top of a lava field, which basically acts as Mother Nature's personal pool heater.
Now that we live in an era where just about anything imaginable is possible, there is something out there for people who cannot enjoy Mother Nature's pools (some people are actually allergic to salt water). Fortunately for those individuals, there is the amazing Seagaia Ocean Dome.
One of the world's largest indoor waterparks, Seagaia Ocean is almost 1,000 feet in length and 300 feet in width. It's got a retractable roof and its own simulated beach - so if there's ever a nuclear war and life as we know it is wiped out, we can still have at least one beach. The only downside is that the dome closed in 2007 and has yet to reopen, but with any luck, its doors won't be closed forever.
Last and most certainly not least is the Four Seasons Hotel in Maui. This is basically the pool that has everything: a bar, underwater music, and even flatscreen TVs. Unless you're actually cheeky enough to pee in the pool, you'll legitimately have no reason to leave it except to use the bathroom!
But while all of these pools are impressive in their own rights, you have to hand it to the Vat19 team for transforming an otherwise ordinary pool into something extraordinary. That being said, I dread to think how much the bath bomb and subsequent cleanup operation cost!