13 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Ideas that pop into your head

A Piece of PopcornHave you ever wondered how a piece of popcorn pops?

There’s actually a small amount of water with some starch that is trapped inside the outer shell of the kernel. When the kernel is heated the water turns to steam and expands, applying pressure against the inside of the shell which causes an explosion.. The heat and steam and rapid expansion makes the neighboring starch fuse and solidify, turning into the white popped-corn that you consume.

I think that’s pretty much how ideas pop into your head, too.

You get one small kernel of an idea that gets you fired-up. You keep applying a little more heat until the concept expands enough to force itself into reality. The singular idea merges with (and is influenced by) other concepts, situations, limitations, and combinations which results in the organic (kind of misshapen, but still beautiful in its way) physical manifestation of your original idea — no original idea ever resulted in a perfectly imagined outcome.

There is a lot of power in a tiny kernel of an idea (and a tiny kernel of popcorn).

And now… here is a video of popcorn popping in slow motion.
Stay until the end of the video where they capture a kernel popping at 400X slower than normal. It almost blooms like a flower. You’re welcome.