In Photos: A Disgusting Gallery of Truck Destruction
Why are we so attracted to the unnatural demise of an undeserving, $100K Ford truck?
It's the great equalizer: All trucks will return to earth sooner or later. What once was shiny and new will someday deteriorate into a pile of twisted metal and scattered engine guts. Although it's painful to watch the degradation of once-beautiful machines, if uninterrupted by human intervention, this ruin is a natural occurrence that obeys the laws of the universe. Trucks will eventually return to the earth.
However, when the process mutates into something unnatural and happens a wee bit faster, the world notices. On the WhistlinDiesel YouTube channel, we have watched the expedited truck destruction of a 2017 Ford F-350 Limited trim Super Duty. The poor truck has been jumped, loaded insanely beyond payload, mocked by the installation of improper parts, beaten to a pulp, physically buried so that only its stack was above earth, ripped apart by an excavator, and thrashed and bashed in the most torturous of ways. Check out our photo gallery of truck destruction to see some of the unspeakable things this poor truck has gone through.
For some reason, it's hard to look away from the unnatural demise of this once-beautiful 2017 Ford F-250 Limited Super Duty custom truck; it has an Any Level hydraulic lift kit, big American Force wheels, and additional touches throughout. There is something about the human soul that makes destruction satisfying.
And it seems this attraction to the unnatural demolition of a lifted show truck is not isolated to a few small groups of anti-Ford, anti-lifted-truck camps. It's widespread; it's viral. Millions of viewers have followed WhistlinDiesel's journey of obliteration. There's something about it that the internet can't get enough of.
Speaking of all-things unnatural and contrary to common sense, there's actually something quite ironic about the internet's obsession with watching some guy figuratively burn a pile of his own cash before our very eyes. Some may think he's losing money on the deal, but he's not; everyone has something to gain. He's making money, and viewers are entertained. Consider this. Whistlin Diesel's videos about the lifted F-350 have a collective 27.5 million views—and counting. If our internet homework is anywhere near correct, by actually destroying the vibrant blue F-350, WhistlinDiesel has potentially more than paid for his investment, bringing in advertisement money ranging from $55,000 on the low-end to $275,000 on the high-end. Like a gift that keeps on giving, as the videos gain more views over time, these numbers will only grow. And while we can't be certain, it's possible that additional revenue could be coming in from affiliate programs, sponsorships, products, and so on. He's potentially making a decent living by slowly killing a Ford truck—and via the channel's other videos—and viewers only stoke the fire every time they chastise him.
So, for those internet skeptics who question where his money comes from, it's simple. It comes from humanity's twisted attraction to the unnatural.