If you were the type of kid who was absolutely fascinated by the idea of popcorn kernels somehow exploding into a tasty treat for you to eat, this video satisfies that curious urge to see exactly what just happens in that bag as it rotates in the microwave.
The video you see here demonstrates the sudden, powerful changes that a popcorn kernel undergo after being exposed to high temperatures--all in extreme slow motion. Right before each kernel of popcorn gets ready to bloom into its final form, the temperature inside reaches 356 degrees Fahrenheit and the pressure gets up to about 135 psi!
Watch in various different speeds as the integrity of the kernel’s shell gets pulled apart by the intense heat and pressure building up inside.
Kind of crazy to think that we’re basically destroying these little guys to turn them into the delicious snacks we eat at home and at movie theaters.
Part 2 of the video series slows it down even more to 30,000 frames per second--1250 times slower than us perceiving it in real time:
You can check out more videos of high-speed camera film footage over at the Warped Perception YouTube page!