When the unknown man poured molten metal into the ant nest below, his actions no doubt raised a few eyebrows. After all, to the untrained eye, it seemed that he simply wanted to destroy the colony assumed to be present within. When the guy dug the nest up, though, it became clear that he’d made something magical.
In 2003 someone posted a strange video on YouTube. The title was ambiguous; it was “Casting a Fire Ant Colony with Molten Aluminum (Cast #043).” However, that didn’t stop the vid from becoming immensely popular.
Giant ant hill
The footage begins with a couple of close-up shots of an ant nest in the middle of some grass. At the same time, the film’s creator measures the mound before producing a bucket of liquid. He then proceeds to pour the fluid through a hole and into the nest.
Pouring molten aluminum
The liquid in question is, in fact, molten aluminum. And as the bucket tilts, viewers can see the substance sparkle as it streams into the nest. Once he has filled the underground structure, the mysterious man in the video then puts his bucket back down.
At this point, the mound seems to take on a life of its own. It screeches and gargles as the molten metal settles within. Steaming as it does so, the pile heaves before coming to a standstill once more.