People Love to Watch This Guy Crush Things

The Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube has hundreds of thousands of followers
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2016 3:33 AM CDT
Updated Apr 24, 2016 3:35 PM CDT
People Love to Watch This Guy Crush Things
A Lego man awaits his fate in Lauri Vuohensilta's hydraulic press. The video has millions of views.   (Hydraulic Press Channel/YouTube)

Lauri Vuohensilta is a competitive Finnish powerlifter and factory owner, but the world will probably remember him for something else entirely: His love of crushing things. That's because the 29-year-old has been filming himself crushing assorted everyday objects in a hydraulic press on his Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube since October 2015, and since one involving paper made it to the front page of Reddit, he's become a viral sensation with more than 660,000 followers, reports the Washington Post. "Perhaps there’s some sort of adrenaline rush or cathartic release that happens by watching something get destroyed," one psychotherapist muses. "It makes me think of toddlers who discover they can both build things and knock them down. It’s a very powerful feeling."

Vuohensilta is a man of few words, and those he speaks are in a thick accent—something he says could well be part of his success. He's barely known in Finland, where his accent is, of course, not a novelty, but he's already done 20 interviews for media outlets in other countries. Quartz, which compiled its own best-hits video that includes the crushing of a cell phone, Barbie doll, pineapple, and more, notes that his proudest achievement so far is that he is the "eighth largest YouTube channel in Finland." He tells Vice that he takes requests for which objects to crush, and otherwise uses whatever is "laying around." But when asked why he likes to crush things, he replies it's "just for fun" and "I am also quite curious to see what happens to different things under the press." (If you want something more relaxing, Snoop Dogg has a nature show.)

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