Cody Reeder

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Utah, United States
  • YouTube personality
  • Mechanic
  • Educator
  • Scientist
YouTube information
Also known asCody Reeder
Years active2011–present
  • Science
  • Educational
  • Vlog
Subscribers1.93 million (main channel)
(18th January 2021)
Total viewsc. 295 million (main channel)
(18th January 2021)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.png 100,000 subscribers 2015
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017

Cody Don Reeder (also known as CodyDon Reeder or just Cody Reeder),[1][2] as well his official Facebook page, list his name as "Cody Don", he is listed as "CodyDon" in other articles,[3][4][5] as well as on his YouTube and Twitter. He is simply listed as Cody Reeder on the Mars One Project's pages,[6] as well as both "Cody Don" and just "Cody" in Newsweek and CNET.[7] [8]}} is an United States educator, scientist, mechanic and YouTube personality. He runs the popular YouTube channel Cody'sLab.[9]

His channel features educational videos and vlogs spanning a wide range of topics, including chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology, metallurgy and geology, mining and gold panning, soil science and horticulture. Some videos form larger series; some examples include a series on recovering and refining rare metals like platinum from everyday sources,[10] to whether unusual liquids can be flushed – or used to flush – down a toilet.[2]

As of January 2021, Cody'sLab has c. 2 million subscribers,[3] and a combined c. 295 million views.[11] His most viewed video, which features Reeder flushing an isolated toilet filled with 240 lbs of mercury,[12] has c. 10 million views.[1] He is also known for collaborating with Grant Thompson on several videos on the King of Random channel, prior to Thompson's death.[13]

His channel has been favorable compared to MythBusters,[2] albeit some have commented on the potentially hazardous substances (like mercury) involved in some of his experiments.[12][14]

The 2020 Great conjunction, timelapse made over 90 days by Cody'sLab.


Having joined YouTube in 2011, Reeder initially began posting videos of his experiments to show to his grandmother: "I would do science experiments all the time anyway ... Then other people started watching them", he explained in a 2017 interview.[2]

His channel Cody'sLab reached 100,000 subscribers in October 2015. Having not received his YouTube Creator Awards six months later, Reeder celebrated reaching 250,000 subscribers by forging a homemade play button out of genuine silver.[15] He reached 1,000,000 subscribers in early 2017.[16]

Reeder first gained considerable media attention in 2016, after posting a video of himself drinking water containing a small, diluted amount of cyanide. The purpose was to prove how the dose makes the poison.[1] While emphasizing that the amount he consumed (17 mg) was considerably smaller than any lethal dose, Reeder said he did experience certain effects such as rapid breathing. This video, among others, has since been removed from his channel. Similar experiments however, such as him drinking heavy water, "Dihydrogen monoxide parody" (tongue-in-cheek), and breathing in all the noble gases, remain available as of January 2021.

In 2017, his channel was suspended for two weeks, following received strikes. The reason was suspected to be a video on the science behind how small bugs (fruit flies) can survive being microwaved, while larger cannot. Preceding the suspension, an increase in flagged videos and concern that his account may be deactivated, prompted Reeder to create a back-up channel.[17] An article on TubeFilter blamed "overzealous viewers" for generating the automatic strikes, writing that Reeder's channel is both "wholesome and family-friendly", and commenting on how YouTube's strike system also affects those "who stay well within the bounds of acceptable content".[9]

In a 2019 video explaining a period of channel inactivity, Reeder mentioned how some of his videos, although intended to be used for educational purposes, had been flagged by YouTube, showing a warning he received for a video on making gunpowder from urine. In the same video, Reeder explained how he also had been visited by United States government agents, after publishing several videos on isotope isolation and nuclear radiation. The agents, equipped with geiger counters, did not find anything of concern, and Reeder himself said that they were only trying to help him not get in trouble in the future.[18]

Early life

Reeder was born and raised near Grantsville, Utah.

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Limer, Eric (17 October 2016). "Mad Scientist Drinks Cyanide on Camera". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Brooks, David (27 March 2017). "Urine, bees, explosions: Science can be a lot of fun on YouTube". Concord Monitor. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Delbert, Caroline (18 Feb 2020). "Watch What Happens When You Drop an Iron Anvil in a Vat of Liquid Mercury". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  4. Fernandes, Thamyris (28 September 2018). "Vídeo mostra como é possível ferver água até virar gelo" (in Portuguese). Segredos do Mundo. Retrieved 24 January 2021.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  5. "Ar žinote, kad, skrendant lėktuvui į rytus būsite sunkesni nei į vakarus?" (in Lithuanian). Alfa. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 24 January 2021.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  6. "CODY". Mars One. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  7. Kooser, Amanda (10 Nov 2017). "Can you stand on liquid mercury? Watch a scientist try". CNET. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  8. Medrano, Kastalia (6 November 2017). "What Was the 'Inappropriate Content' That Got Cody Reeder Kicked Off YouTube?". Newsweek. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Gutelle, Sam (6 Nov 2017). "Popular YouTube Science Channel Cody's Lab Struggles Under The Weight Of Multiple Content Strikes". TubeFilter. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  10. Dean, Signe (2 June 2016). "There's platinum on our roads and gold in our sewers". SBS. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  11. About. Cody'Lab. YouTube. Retrieved 21 Jan 2021.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Kooser, Amanda (27 September 2016). "Let's fill a toilet with 240 pounds of mercury and then flush it". CNET. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  13. Kooser, Amanda (21 November 2016). "Don't flush explosive sodium metal down a toilet". CNET. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  14. Apostol, Nicoleta (13 November 2017). "Experimentul inutil despre cum poți (sau nu) să stai pe "argint viu"" (in Romanian). Playtech. Retrieved 24 January 2021.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  15. "Making My Own Play Button For 250K Subscribers". Cody'sLab. YouTube. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  16. "Cesium Play Button For 1,000,000 Subscribers!". Cody'sLab. YouTube. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  17. "Backup Channel Explanation". Cody'SBLab. YouTube. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  18. "What's Been Going On With Cody'sLab?". Cody'sLab. YouTube. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2021.

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