Here’s some delight for your Friday. A two-video playlist for your next popcorn popping excursion.
Last week, Warped Perception, a videomaking collective based out of Chicago, published two videos on their YouTube channel showing popcorn kernels pop in seriously slow motion, captured by a macro lens.
“This is a simply beautiful clip,” the description of one of the videos boasts. Warped Perception, I agree. Here’s the first, which shows kernels popping at 13,000, then 15,000, frames per second:
Isn’t that nice? And listen to that soundtrack of triumph. Love it.
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If you’d like to go even slower, give this video below a look. It shows kernels pop at 30,000 frames per second—that’s 1,250 times slower than real time. It's got a somber, delicate piano humming in the background:
Who knew a popcorn's flesh had the appearance of a packing peanut? I didn't. Kernels of gold, blossoming like styrofoam. Small, fluffy explosions. Pop goes the world.
Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.