Ever wonder what a kernel of corn looks like popping? Well, neither did I until I fond this video:
Thanks to the Awesomer for the link and Modernist Cuisine for doing it.
In case you were wondering about the science behind it, they tell us this at the Modernist Cuisine:
The key to why popcorn pops is its unusual moisture-proof hull. As the kernel is heated beyond the boiling point, the water inside begins to turn into steam and expand. Since the hull will not let steam out, the pressure inside the kernel begins to rise. The hull can handle a pressure of around 135 psi before bursting open. At this point, the pressure inside the kernel is released very rapidly, expanding the starch and proteins into a dense foam that sets quickly.Don't say this isn't an educational blog.