This will end in fire. Trust me on that one. But before we get to the flames, let’s talk Fidget Spinners!
Yes, fidget spinners. Those pesky, annoying little things that every kid and their brother seems to have these days. Originally created to help kids with ADHD focus in class, they do everything but that these days. If your school’s anything like the one my kids attend, these bad boys have most likely been banned from classrooms. And that’s a shame for the kids who really do need them.
If I were a teacher today and saw 25 kids in my class spinning these little suckers at their desk (sometimes two at once), it’d be the ultimate distraction for sure. But it’s not just in the classroom. You’ll see them everywhere as kids spin and spin and spin.
You can’t shop at any store without bumping into a sign that proudly exclaims, “WE’VE GOT FIDGET SPINNERS!” They’re multiplying like cockroaches. They’re taking over this land. And it’s high time we do something about it.
So I did. I set out on a quest to find the best possible way to destroy a fidget spinner. Much to the dismay of my 11-year-old son Ryan, I ordered a handful of new fidget spinners with the sole intention of completely obliterating each one. I came up with a gauntlet of seven different tests to put these things through. My hope? None of them would survive.
Sadly, not every attempt worked. Surprisingly, some worked far better than others. Join me now as I try my hardest to completely destroy 7 fidget spinners.
DISCLAIMER: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. I repeat, do not try this at home! I did a number of crazy, insane things to fidget spinners here and I cannot stress enough that you are putting yourself at risk if you attempt any of these yourself. You have been duly warned and I take no responsibility for your actions should you choose to attempt any of these on your own. That said, read on and live vicariously through my shenanigans.
Destroy Fidget Spinners Test #1: The Car
The first thing to come to mind when wanting to destroy a fidget spinner was a real easy one. “I should totally run one over!” So I did.
I decided to use my wife’s Honda Pilot for the experiment, since it’s bigger and heavier than my car. I chose the bright orange fidget spinner so it’d be easy to see when I try to run it over!
Ryan reluctantly helped me out on this one by carefully placing the orange fidget spinner behind the left rear tire. He then backed away as I got ready to back up and begin my grand experiment. Oooooooh, the anticipation was killing me!
I was clearly not happy at all to be attempting to destroy these fidget spinners as you can plainly see on my face here. But like a trooper, I carried on and backed up over that bad boy. I then put it in drive and went forward over it. And back again. And forward.
I must have driven over that orange fidget spinner a cool dozen times before I stopped and got it to see the results!
What the?!? Except for a little roughing up of the center piece, the fidget spinner was completely fine. It still worked just as good as new.
Disappointment was the understatement of the day! We tried harder by tossing the thing in the street and I attempted to drive over it super fast. This proved a complete waste of time as well, mainly because I kept missing the thing! But even when I did run over it at a fast speed, it made no difference.
Apparently you can run over your kid’s fidget spinners all you want and it makes zero difference. Not a great start to my experiments at all.
Destroy Fidget Spinners Test #2: The Baseball Bat
Not happy with the results of the first test, I needed to vent my frustration. Yep, time for some batting practice!
I grabbed my trusty ol’ Louisville Slugger (which actually isn’t a Louisville Slugger but some other crazy aluminum bat) and started self-pitching the light blue fidget spinner.
Besides clearly having Major League form in my swing, I managed to hit a pretty clean single or two. I probably took about five or six swings in total. I’d hit it, see a piece fly off, and then go find the main fidget spinner and repeat.
Yeah, this time, we had some serious success. I knocked out every weight and the entire center piece, not to mention putting a nice crack in the fidget spinner itself.
At this point in my experimentation, we were all tied up. Fidget Spinners: 1, Daddy Blogger: 1.
Destroy Fidget Spinners Test #3: The Freezer
This experiment involves a few steps, so bear with me. I thought back to my childhood when my friend Eddie and I used to play with our Star Wars figures in his basement. He had this big freezer down there and we’d take his Han Solo in Hoth Gear figure, submerge it in water and freeze the poor guy. Han was tougher than you’d think though, and lasted a few freezings before falling apart.
Anyways, no need to go to a galaxy far far away for this test. Instead, just grab yourself a container and some water. I went with a colorful fidget spinner this time and dropped it in the water-filled tub.
Just make sure the water covers the fidget spinner as much as you can. I wanted to really submerge it so I went with a pretty tall container.
Next, stick the experiment in the freezer and wait. Feel free to make room in your freezer by heating up some pizza while you wait!
I let this bad boy sit overnight and then removed it from the container. Instant frozen fidget spinner! Sure, you can say it’s a success at this point since I don’t think anyone can use this fidget spinner in its current state. But we all know that’s only temporary.
So I left the frozen spinner in a bowl for a bit to start defrosting and then pried the item out of the ice. Once I freed the spinner from its frozen coffin, I went outside and merely dropped it on the floor. No bats. No cars. Just gravity. I dropped it a few times on the driveway to see if the frozen pieces would be more susceptible to damage.
And they were! I’m guessing the frozen nature of it all, loosened up the plastic so a sharp jolt would pop those weights out more easily than they normally would.
Just like my poor Han Solo figure of yesteryear, fidget spinners are no match for mother nature’s icy touch. Winter is coming indeed!
Destroy Fidget Spinners Test #4: The Toilet
Kids just love potty humor, don’t they? Heck, us guys never seem to outgrow it either. So I figured why not see how funny it’d be to introduce Mr. Shiny Fidget Spinner to Mr. Toilet!
I was worried for about 10 seconds that this could either be an easy win or end up with a clogged toilet and a flooded bathroom floor. Eh, definitely worth the risk.
We are ready for liftoff!
One quick flush and we’ll see how well this fidget spinner performs after the fact! Though I’m not too sure I’d even want to touch it after this experiment, right?
WOOOOOSH! And just like that, problem solved. That’s two fidget spinners taken down by water in some way!
Destroy Fidget Spinners Test #5: The Hammer
For this next test, I channeled my inner Bob the Builder and dug out my ol’ tool chest. In other words, “It’s Hammer Time!”
There’s just something about a hammer in a guy’s hand that gives us such a feeling of power. I wish I had Thor’s mystical hammer Mjolnir to work with, but instead I’d have to settle for my Craftsman hammer and a green fidget spinner.
Again, I took absolutely zero pleasure in smashing away at this ridiculously annoying object. But for you, my trusty reader, I gave it my all.
And apparently my all was good enough! It knocked out all three weights and really dented in the center.
Take a closer look and you’ll see that even if the weights hadn’t fallen out, it’d be tough to spin since the center piece was pretty mashed up and non-moving.
Destroy Fidget Spinners Test #6: The Roof
Out of all my tests, this one scared my wife the most. Any time I step up on the roof, she expects the worst. Luckily the only thing that came crashing down this time was a rainbow-colored fidget spinner.
I stood proudly on the roof, while both my boys waited on the driveway to pick up the pieces. While I was up there, I even found a frisbee and a few whiffle balls stuck in the gutter. So already I deem this test a success!
I winged the fidget spinner down at the driveway where it’d bounce around a bit. Then Jason chased after it and tossed it back up to me to repeat. I think I did this about three or four times before calling it quits.
Oddly enough, the weights all popped out, but there was nary a scratch on the fidget spinner itself. It’s definitely a win, but I expected a lot more damage here to be honest.
Destroy Fidget Spinners Test #7: Fire
I promised you fire and this daddy blogger never breaks a promise!
Yes indeed, it’s time to see how a fidget spinner fares against the most dangerous of weapons around.
I filled a metal bucket of ours with some paper filings and some small twigs, before placing the purple and white fidget spinner on top. Oh this was going to be good!
Of course, safety is always first! So I was armed with a leaky water hose just in case things got out of hand.
A quick flick of the switch on my lighter and that paper lit up crazy fast! It also started smoking a bit, but the fire really took quickly. I let it burn for a good three to five minutes, adding some more kindling along the way.
Eventually I called it quits and put the fire out with a few long squirts from the hose. The smell wasn’t pretty. And apparently, neither was the fidget spinner…
Yes, that’s all that was left of the fidget spinner! A gross, charred mess of metal filings. This experiment crushed it and my last fidget spinner never stood a chance.
Going into this one, I didn’t think much would happen other than maybe the plastic melting a little. In no way at all did I expect the absolute best results of the day!
This post and the experiment ended in fire for sure. But it’s pretty clear that fire is a fidget spinner’s best enemy. No way it’s coming back from a beating like that one.
Results: Mega Success
And there you have it. Out of seven attempts, only one was a complete failure. I didn’t know how many of these destruction experiments would work but I never would have guessed that I’d walk way with six successful ways to destroy fidget spinners.
Now if I can only figure out a way to destroy all those Minecraft YouTube videos…
Do your kids have fidget spinners?