Across the internet, videos of people crushing things in hydraulic presses have become all the rage. I’ve written a couple blogs on the topic, HERE and HERE. There’s a couple of channels dedicated solely to that, the most popular of which would be the rather aptly-named Hydraulic Press Channel.
There’s plenty of gold available there, including this video of a hockey puck being crushed:
It’s hard to argue with the concept behind the videos after seeing that hockey puck explode. There have been a few imitators that have popped up on YouTube after this channel got popular – But the guy behind the Hydraulic Press Channel certainly wasn’t the first person to crush something in a press for the sole purpose of entertaining people. And to be honest, I don’t know if David Letterman was the first to do it either, but he did it WAAAAAAY before YouTube was even a thing. Have a look:
I’m not sure of the date of that particular clip, but I found another one from back in 1987 where he also crushes stuff in a hydraulic press:
Those clips are both from long before I started watching The Late Show – hell, that second one is from a couple years before I was even born – but I spent many a night as a youngster and into adulthood watching David Letterman do his thing when The Late Show was on CHEX TV, and I always loved the shenanigans he would pull off from the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater. He used to always be throwing stuff off of there!
… Like that time he had a contestant come up and try and destroy a car from the roof with bowling balls:
It was always a bit of a theme, and while there’s not tons of videos of it available on YouTube, I did find this classic clip from 1996:
And then going back even further time, once again to 1987, we find this clip of Letterman dropping stuff off a 5-storey tower that is NOT the Ed Sullivan Theater:
And here’s another clip from 1986 of that very same 5-storey tower:
We seem to be working in reverse-chronological order here, because as far as I can tell, this is the first video to include that 5-storey tower:
At the start, he mentions running stuff over with a steamroller… Wouldn’t you know it? I was able to find that clip too:
Credit to Mr. Letterman: He (or his writers) really know what people want to see… Like stuff being destroyed by a train:
I don’t know about you folks, but watching stuff like this makes me wish I was around to watch late night TV back in the 80’s. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoy today’s crop of late night talk shows… But they could all use a little more random object destruction.