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Prince Rupert’s Drop

Pouring molten glass on cold water, you can get Prince Rupert’s drops, named after the fellow who discovered the process around the 17th century. The quick solidification of the glass in the outer layers creates strong internal tension, distributed on a peculiar way and assuring the “magic” effect.

Drop a hammer over the bulbous end, and it will remain intact. But create a small fracture by the thinner end, and the drop will instantly explode into glass dust.

The same principle is applied in tempered glass, which combines greater resistance with almost instant fragmentation when the internal tension is broken. Another video below:

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Rahmens: STUDY

More known as the actors who play the Japanese Mac vs. PC ads, the Rahmens duo is pure genius.

Here they deal with science and the paranormal. Fun and inspiring.

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"And yet, it expands"?

Ladies and gentlemen, with you the incredible Growing Earth Theory!

According to this truly revolutionary theory with ever expanding new horizons, the coastal lines of the continents do not fit together only in the Atlantic ocean, but on the Pacific and in fact all of them. And if you join everything together, throwing away the oceans, you will end up with a perfectly joined sphere with all the continents, sans oceans, with nearly half the size of the current planet.

Therefore, it’s only obvious to assume that in the last few million years, instead of a fracturing supercontinent forming many moving tectonic plates that would be the world we know today, the Earth has in fact been expanding in size since the age of the dinosaurs.

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Special sauce


What do you see above? Beef patties, lettuce, tomato and cheese on a bun, right? The colors seem somewhat strange, and though we may suspect there’s special sauce, there’s no sesame seed visible.

But what’s really missing here is color, since the image above has only one true color.

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Another brick in the wall

It’s hard not to look at those blocks above and doubt that they are… completely natural in origin. Click to see other images of the Russian geological formation.

These wonderful feats of nature are more well-known on their version in Ireland, the so-called “Giant’s Causeway“, made up by more than 40.000 basalt columns.

The explanation for their formation involves the rapid cooling of volcanic lava, and it’s no coincidence most of these were created in areas around the sea, and many of them are still on coasts.

The rapid cooling creates a geometrical fracture pattern, kind of what can be seen with dried mud on droughts:

In fact, the first geologists actually thought that these basalt columns were dried rock! There were many debates and curiously, German poet Goethewho was also a naturalist — had his part on the discovery that basalt had indeed a volcanic origin.

But there are more things in heaven and earth, Hoagland, Than are dreamt of in your “philosophy”. And one of them is in Brazil.

Reader Herbert Rocha pointed us to another amazing formation, on Cabaceiras city, Paraiba, known as “Lajedo do Pai Mateus“.

Rocha told us: “I had the chance to visit the place and I have to admit that personally it’s an even more impressive experience. One may highlight the Lajedo itself, formed by a huge rock formation, hundreds of meters long and dozens of meters in height, decorated by round rocks and other organic shapes, weighing dozens of tons each. On some of them we can see rock art of pre-historic people, more than 10,000 years old.”

“But even though the area was inhabited in the past, all rock formations are natural in origin … And of those in the park, the most impressive is the ‘Saca de La‘ [“Wool sacks”]. A pyramidal structure formed by rocks piled up like bricks, around 40 meters high.”

You read it right: the formation in the image above, made of enormous blocks, dozens of meters high, is entirely natural! According to geologists, it was formed through the erosion of regular cracks in the rock, not unlike the basalt columns.

Now, those are things in Earth’s heaven and earth. One can dream about what may expect us when we finally explore the other planets personally. And those are just the surprises we may expect from nature, nothing else.

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