Friday, June 28, 2013

Jumping bead chain: Slow motion doesn't always help

This video shows a weird phenomenon where a chain literally jumps out of a container as it spills onto the ground.  The theory is that the weight of the falling side pulls the chain out and in order for the chain to get out of the container it must go up before it goes down.  Since it can't change directions instantaneously it actually pulls itself up a bit before going down.  The super slow motion video is quite cool, but doesn't do much to make the phenomenon more understandable, at least for me.  (Don't get me wrong.  I still really want a super slow motion camera) It all looks quite magical.  I would love to try this, but I have no idea where to find 100 ft of bead chain.

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