"5x021 – Thermite"
Season 5, Experiment No. 123
Upload date: December 30, 2008
Experiment Details
Microwave Used: Whoopi
Experiment time: 10:00
Experiment Outcome: Bad Idea
Host(s): Jory Caron
Camera Guys(s): Jonathan Paula
Editors: Jonathan Paula
Additional Commentary: Riley McIlwain (sidekick)
Episode Guide
Previous Episode: #122: Digital pet
Next Episode: #124: ET Atari game



  • The disappointing results of the thermite from Whoopi shutting off may be redeemed someday. Jon and Jory planned to do thermite with a magnesium strip for a season finale in the future, but they have never done one before. Whoopi burning into oblivion from activated thermite could have also caused a serious house fire due to it being done in the lab.
  • Whoopi really does seem to like pottery. She also has pottery in her in the CO2 canister episode.
  • This is the first appearance of a fire extinguisher on the show.
  • Jory didn't give a true verdict in this episode. Jon just put "bad idea."


  • Jory: This [thermite] creates molten iron when I burn it. So, I'm thinking, uh, connection! Terminator, destruction [in] molten iron, right? So, let's microwave this sh*t!
  • Jon: Riley, how old is that thing [the fire extinguisher]?

Riley: '49.

Jon: 1949?!

  • Jon: Riley, you're standing by with the fire extinguisher.

Riley: I don't trust this bitch!

Jon: She almost killed Jory in that last experiment. She tried some sneaky moves there!


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