Popcorn Exploding at 6,200 Frames Per Second Is Curiously Calming

Even slowed down to 6,200 frames per second, popcorn popping happens so fast, if you blink at a moderate speed, you'll miss it.


The video's by Ryan Matthew Smith, the photo editor responsible for making sure techno-wizard Nathan Myrhvold's Modernist Cuisine isn't just the definitive tome for modern cooking, but one of the most elaborately gorgeous books about food and cooking ever printed. So far, it's looking pretty good. [YouTube via Eater, Modernist Cuisine]


I am in no way a physics person, so it fascinates me that the kernel just jumps up into the air, with no discernible force (at least not discernible by me) and then pops near the apex of its flight. I would have assumed that the popping itself was the propulsion.