Some researchers at GE got hold of a super slow motion camera. You know what that means. They started messing around with what was to hand — and so the rest of us get gorgeous footage that makes popping popcorn look like buds blooming into strange flowers.
In the above video, things go slightly awry. Three kernels of popcorn are placed in a little pan made of tinfoil, but the first popping kernel goes high and knocks one of the other unpopped kernels out of the picture. The footage below is the really amazing stuff. The single remaining kernel jumps just a little, and we can see it unfold slowly into a popped kernel of corn.
[Source: GE Research.]