The incredible science behind baffling hot glass droplets


Ever heard of a Prince Rupert’s drop?

(Pretending that you answered “No.” so I don’t feel alone in my ignorance I continue…) Me either!

Well, it turns out Prince Rupert’s drops are produced when you drip molten hot glass into water. The resulting tadpole-shaped glass droplets have baffling properties that can make even scientific types scratch their heads and smile at their quirky behavior.

So you can imagine the jaw-dropping amazement they produce in normals like me.

And when filmed by a high speed camera at 100,000 frames per second the word incredible doesn’t even do the results justice.

Let’s get reeaadyy for sommee scciieencce! (I feel smarter already.)