Watch: Satisfying videos of lava devouring food and drink

23 Jun 2016

What do cans of Coca-Cola, Monster Energy and Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli have in common? They are easily consumed by lava.

There are some days when all you want to do is watch footage of something satisfying and soothing. Those days tend to follow celebrating major sporting events into the wee hours.

So, today, why not watch how lava casually, yet relentlessly, consume everything in its path?

Bryan Lowry has been posting fantastic video footage of lava flows in Kilauea in Hawaii for a few years now, often just documenting the natural occurrence.

“I was hooked and knew this was where I wanted to stay,” he wrote in his blog. “The park is constantly changing with each eruption. There’s nothing like hiking the barren lunar landscape and walking among hot flowing lava.”

But, honestly, if you were faced with a mass of molten rock pouring towards you at a manageable pace, would you stand there and simply watch?

No, you’d start throwing things into its path, testing its might. Lowry’s no different, placing a collection of drinks and foods at just the right spot before hitting ‘record’.

So there’s a tin of Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli, which blows its top under the heat.

There’s a Monster Energy can, which also cannot contain its liquid goodness for too long.

But the masterpiece is the can of Coca-cola, which lets out a little whimper, sure, but never gives in. Until it’s lost beneath the scalding swamp of relaxing, satisfying lava.

Main lava image via Shutetrstock

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic