Let’s Take A Moment To Blow Up Christmas Ornaments In Slow Motion

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12.27.11 3 Comments

Alan Sailer, an engineer, likes to shoot things with a pellet rifle in his garage and capture the results with high-speed photography. Since those things aren’t alive and they explode awesomely when shot, this is a happy story rather than the plot of a horror movie. His newest photo series is titled “The War Against Christmas” and is much different than the fictional War Against Christmas of Fox News hype. Sailer’s War is a literal one: he photographs Christmas ornaments filled with various liquids being destroyed by pellets, marbles, and fast-moving ping pong balls.

All 96 photos in the series are available at Sailer’s Flickr page, but we’ve placed our favorites here. Continue to the next page to see products made by underpaid labor exploding in an orgy of wastefulness and wonder. God bless us, every one.

Bulb ornament filled with cake sprinkles

“A ping pong ball traveling at about 300fps hitting an empty Christmas bulb.”

Bulb ornament filled with titanium dioxide spiked gelatin

Bulb ornament filled with titanium dioxide spiked gelatin

Bulb ornament filled with colored sand

Bulb ornament filled with wet colored sand

Bulb ornament filled with PlayDoh

Bulb ornament filled with beeswax, olive oil, and red candle wax dye

Bulb ornament filled with beeswax, olive oil, and red candle wax dye

Bulb ornament covered with glitter

Bulb ornament filled with flour

Bulb ornament filled with vanilla pudding and red dye

Bulb ornament filled with gelatin and shot with a marble

This Santa is filled with expired sour cream and red dye.

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When not writing for Uproxx, Caleb likes to volunteer at the legless cat shelter and photoshop the Babadook into all of his family photos. He once resolved the question “To be or not to be?” through the clever use of General Semantics. Your mom thinks you could be more like him if you only applied yourself.

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