Slowmo shattering of Prince Rupert's Drop glass

Prince Rupert's Drops are unusual glass objects made by dripping molten glass into water. The exterior is very compressed while the interior is under great tension. You can hammer on the head of a drop and it won't break but if you barely wiggle the tail, the whole thing explosively shatters. It's particularly amazing in super-slow motion.


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  1. “Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.”

  2. Destin jokingly referring to Cal as a “pansy” at :56 = not cool?  Or okay?

    I can’t keep track anymore…

    1. That’s a Prince Albert. Different thing, but I am sure someone will combine the two soon.

    2. No, he was a notorious 17th century sorceror and poodle-fucker (according to his enemies). He certainly took his dog into battle with him, and his achievements are too numerous to list here.

      1. Sadly, Google Books no longer has the original book online which describes a 19th Century search by Dean Stanley of the royal tombs at Westminster Abbey to try to find the final resting place of James I, but Prince Rupert is good company.

        “Finally the coffin of (Mary) the queen of Scots herself was found, against the north wall of the vault, lying below that of Arabella Stuart, that ill-fated scion of the royal house who had been the child-companion of Mary’s captivity. The coffin itself was of remarkable size, and it was easy to see why it had been too heavy to carry in procession at Peterborough Cathedral at the first burial. But so securely had the royal body been wrapped in lead at the orders of the English government on the afternoon of the execution, that the casing had not given way in the slightest, even after nearly 300 years. The searchers felt profoundly moved even by this inanimate spectacle. No attempt was made to open it now. ‘The presence of the fatal coffin which had received the headless corpse at Fotheringay,’ wrote Dean Stanley, ‘was sufficiently affecting without endeavouring to penetrate further into its mournful contents.

        It was discovered that Mary shared her catacomb with numbers of her descendants, including her grandson Henry, Prince of Wales, who died before his prime, her granddaughter Elizabeth of Bohemia, the Winter Queen, and her great-grandson Prince Rupert of the Rhine, amongst the most romantic of all the offshoots of the Stuart dynasty. Most poignant of all were the endless tiny coffins of the royal children who had died in infancy: here were found the the first ten children of James II, and one James Darnley, described as his natural son, as well as the eighteen pathetic babies born dead to Queen Anne, and her sole child to survive infancy, the young Duke of Gloucester.”

  3. That was cool!

    This was the first time I watched one of his vids to the end. I was a bit disappointed by the Old Testament-peddling alongside Reepicheep, but I’m not too bothered.

    re his use of the word “pansy”: I don’t think he was being hurtful. I gather it’s used to disparage gays in some areas, and in my experience in the Midwest it’s certainly used by macho dudebros in a hurtful manner, but it’s also often used as a good-natured jab which means something like “weakling”. I suppose we could devolve into ~propriety talk~ but meh.

    1. I’ve watched a few of his things, and have no real problem with his faith. He’s not in your face about it, and the passage he is quoting is one that seems natural for someone who enjoys fnding the wonders in the world, and who is of that faith. It’s not like he’s quoting the ‘kill all the bad people’ parts.

      1. Yeah, I’m not too bothered; I just have a general distaste for belief in such a horrible deity. I like and even admire many Christians, but that scales with how much of the zany and inconsistent bits of their faith they’ve shed.

    2. As someone who grew up in Alabama, and is now in NY, I found his Biblical shout out made me homesick. People in the South are really sincere about their religion – maybe over the top with it but there are some well meaning people who are energized by their religious beliefs, and a lot of churches do a lot of good works through their social programs and outreach efforts. Maybe other people can’t relate to the Jesus Jesus Jesus point of view, I know I can’t being Jewish, but there are a lot of good people in the South who believe that Jesus is the Way and who really try to live up to His spirit. It’s not my particular window onto the world, but I don’t think anyone should feel threatened or creeped out by a Bible verse at the end of such a fun video. I think it’s a neat twist to think of this unusual piece of glass as being part of the mystery of creation.

      1. If “Jesus is the Way” then we need to become slavers again (Jesus commands slaves to be obedient both in Ephesians and in Timothy).

        Furthermore, in Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus points out that the Law (i.e. Old Testament law) is still meaningful and important and that those who keep & teach said law will be more greatly rewarded in heaven than those who don’t (hilariously enough, this passage is used by progressive Christians to suggest we don’t need to follow OT law, which is not at all what Jesus supposedly said). So, if Big Jeez really is a Big Cheez, we ought to be doing quite a bit more than enslaving people.

        Screw that, though. I’m fine with “Christians” who ignore or disagree with terrible Biblical teachings, but you can’t just pick out the moral niceties from an incoherent, jumbled, and often hateful mess of a book and expect me to “not be threatened or creeped out” by it. No, that’s an unfair expectation. The Bible is full of hideousness, caprice, slavish prostration and infantile worshipfulness. People who believe such nonsense was divinely-inspired don’t deserve social acceptance or respect, they deserve the bare minimum of tolerance.

        Again, just to be clear: I have plenty of respect for many things which seem directly inspired by religiosity; I like much of religious architecture and poetry and even some of the song and philosophy. But that doesn’t mean I think Abrahamic religions (or any spiritual or moral systems) intrinsically deserve respect. Ideas and behaviors deserve respect insofar as they promote reasonableness, introspection, a capacity to get along with others, etc (and no, I don’t think deity claims are in any way “reasonable”, especially not as a basis for behavioral guidelines).

        1. Last year I took a class in Kaballah (Jewish mysticism). The concepts seemed incredibly abstract compared to the literal way the religion was practiced in the Bible. When I commented on that, the rabbi explained that there were thousands of years of commentary and evolution of the religion between Biblical times and when Kaballah was developed.

          I know that Evangelical Christians like to claim that they are studying the Bible and adhering to it literally, but, as you say, they are obviously not really living their lives like people in Biblical times did. 

          I agree with you that religion in general doesn’t make much logical sense, but I still believe that there is another kind of truth expressed in religious texts that is worth studying, discussing, and meditating on. There are many aspects of reality that are beyond our limited ability to see, taste, touch, feel, and hear but still I think we are compelled to try and better for the attempt to add a new dimension to how we perceive the world.

          Does that mean that religion should be beyond reproach? Should we tolerate the horrible abuses people commit in the name of religion? Absolutely not!

          1. That rabbi’s commentary is off dogma.  QBL means ‘revealed”, so Qabala is not usually described as developed.  And it’s supposed to have been revealed to Moses by God at the same time as the commandants, the Torah being the public side of religion and Qabala being the esoteric side.

  4. Oddly, Prince Rupert’s Drops are not on the TSA’s list of things one is not allowed to bring onto an airplane.

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