Here’s another physics phenomenon that, despite being fascinating, I still can’t quite get my head around. It’s Prince Rupert’s Drop, a phenomenon created when molten glass is dripped in a tadpole-like shape into ice-cold water. This object and its peculiar physical properties have been known since at least 1625, and are seen in this don’t-miss video by Destin of “Smarter Every Day,” famous for demonstrating how cats right themselves when dropped upside down. But this is not Cat Drop, but Prince Rupert’s Drop. Do watch it: the ultra-slow-motion videos (130,000 frames/sec) are amazing.
After watching this and reading about it, I still don’t understand it completely, so readers who do can weigh in. (Note: you have to explain it better than Wikipedia or Destin!)
Of course, as soon as I saw this, my first impulse was to go online and buy one of these drops, but for obvious reasons they’re not readily available. You can buy them at one place, but they can’t be sent to the U.S. Bummer!