Popping A Water Balloon

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Using a high speed camera shooting at 2000 framers in 1 second this little video shows you what it looks like to pop a water balloon in slow motion. Amazingly, even at these speeds you'll notice that no matter how hard you try to track the balloon's skin retract it's just too darn fast!

One second (pun!) it's there then it isn't! You'll also get a kick out of seeing a Japanese Andy Warhol. ;)


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"no matter how hard you try to track the balloon’s skin retract it’s just too darn fast!"

Know as "instantaneous tear propagation". The same thing can happen to large inflated structures, too... like blimps. A blimp went down in NYC in the early 90's* because it's envelope was punctured-- the puncture occurred at the front-- and then almost instantly, a 40 foot rip opened up, causing rapid deflation. Oops.

* http://www.ntsb.gov/Recs/letters/1994/A94_157_160.pdf
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=MX6aerxQPOs
That's one that I love (better water balloon)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XngQJzAmVm8
A water balloon NOT exploding in high speed

Or check out LucidMovement.com
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