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Watch Molten Salt Melt Lead

Watch this mesmerizing video of liquid salt being poured over lead from shotgun shells.

Can molten salt melt lead? This may not be a question that regularly keeps you up at night, but you’ll be glad you took the time to find out the answer.

Salt’s melting point is at 1,474°F (801°C), while lead’s melting point is only 621.5°F (327.5°C)—so it’s not too much of a spoiler to say that molten salt should melt lead.

What is unexpected, however, is the startling texture that the lead balls take once they have melted. You could argue that it’s the closest thing that we humans have found to unicorn blood.

If you’re looking for more molten salt goodness, check out this video of the most inefficient way to make popcorn ever.

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