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Author Topic: Prince Rupert's Drops  (Read 964 times)

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Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Prince Rupert's Drops
« on: September 15, 2008, 05:41:26 AM »
I've always been fascinated by Prince Rupert's Drops.  If you're not familiar with them, know that Prince Rupert's Drops are hardened droplets of glass; because of the nature of the tension that formed when they hardened, they are at once durable and delicate.  The heads of Prince Rupert's Drops are very strong: one can strike them with hard objects or against hard objects and they'll be all right.  In contrast, their tails are very fragile: one can snap them between one's fingers.

Most interestingly, breaking the tails of Prince Rupert's Drops causes the droplets themselves to instantly turn to dust.  This feature has not been lost on those who craft metaphors, and rightly so.  Aren't our very hearts like Prince Rupert's Drops?

But why read when you can watch?  THIS IS 2008, DAMN IT!*

Prince Rupert's Drop

Exploding Glass: Rupert's Drop - Museum of Glass



* Unless you adhere to, say, the Ethiopian calendar.  If you do adhere to the Ethiopian calendar, incidentally, Happy New Year!

Online Vekseid

Re: Prince Rupert's Drops
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008, 01:48:30 PM »
Is it wrong of me to think "Hit the weak spot for massive damage!"

Offline Caeli

Re: Prince Rupert's Drops
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 07:55:49 PM »
That is SO cool. O_O

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Re: Prince Rupert's Drops
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008, 04:50:44 PM »
Wonderful.  I was fascinated.

Offline Jefepato

Re: Prince Rupert's Drops
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008, 04:54:13 PM »
Holy crap.

What happened to the first person to discover what happened when the tail was broken?

Offline Oniya

Re: Prince Rupert's Drops
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2008, 09:56:45 PM »
Apparently, they were used like the medieval equivalent of joy buzzers by certain royals - so I'd assume they don't cause too much damage.

Offline Porphyre

Re: Prince Rupert's Drops
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2008, 06:10:23 AM »
lol that's awesome.