By: Connor Lenahan

My brain does this weird thing where suddenly it will connect entirely crazy ideas through an overly complex game of mental pinball. It’s fun, because it leads to just about every one of my articles.

For example; I’m sitting in a hotel room in London where in just under an hour it will be the 4th of July. Seeing as I’m 5 hours ahead of my friends home on the east coast of the United States, I will have almost a quarter of America’s independence celebrated by the time it even begins in the home of the holiday. With this a reality, the 4th of July is in my brain. From there I think about the celebratory traditions of the holiday. Hamburgers and fireworks are normally the requirements for a great 4th. I’ve got nothing on hamburgers right now, so that brings us to fireworks. Fireworks tend to explode. I like explosions. Explosions are awesome. Know what else is awesome? The Mythbusters – one of the single greatest shows to ever reach television. You know who else likes explosions? The Mythbusters. You know what they once blew up? A cement mixer.

Is there anything that better encapsulates the American Dream than the fact that we let a crew of scientists load a cement mixer full of explosives, put it on a mountain, and press the button that erased it from this Earth all the while filming it for a television show? Probably. But I’m too tired to think of those things. In fact, being so tired is probably what caused me to think of the semi-ancient Mythbusters clip above. But do you know what? I don’t care. It’s awesome. Try watching that cement mixer vaporize and not laugh. If you don’t then you’re dead inside. If you laugh, then you’re an American hero.

America: We Blow Things Up For Fun.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a sophomore at Boston University, majoring in journalism.