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Glass Tension and the Prince Rupert’s Drop

Prince Rupert’s Drops are incredibly strong, but they have an Achilles' heel. That’s why Prince Rupert who created them thought they’d make for excellent party tricks. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass safely shows "Blown Away" host Nick Uhas how this unique glass shape, made by dripping molten glass into cold water, will explode into fine glass powder when all the tension trapped inside the drop is released by snapping the tail. Learn more: