Prince Rupert’s Drop


You have to watch this! Destin from Smarter Every Day decided to explore the phenomenon called Prince Rupert’s Drop. When molten glass is dropped into cold water, the glass’s atomic structure is changed to make it completely unbreakable to any hammer strike. The only thing that breaks it is a tiny strike or nip at the end of the drop, and when nipped, the entire drop shatters in a super fast chain reaction at a speed of over one mile per second! The video explains further.

(via Colossal)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s