Break the glass in a whole new way with a Prince Rupert's Drop #Ceremony Advice#chemistry#geeky#unity ceremony April 18 | Catherine Clark enidjcoleslaw Photo by a friend of the couple Val and Galen's science tendencies led them to a really interesting and symbolic unity ceremony. They created what's called a Prince Rupert's Drop. I'm sure some of you academics out there know what's up with this, but I had to take to Wikipedia to see what the hell this was all about (since my head jumped to a piercing I won't mention). Here's what Val said about it: If you drop molten glass into water, it cools very quickly but has lots of residual stresses inside. It's very strong under compression (you can't break it with a hammer), but if you snap off just the tail, the whole thing explodes in a shower of tiny glass powder. They ended up breaking this in lieu of the traditional Jewish breaking of the glass. I kind of love the symbolism of such a hard structure with such a fragile mechanism. Plus, SCIENCE! If you want to attempt this at your ceremony, just make sure to find a helpful scientist or science teacher to make it happen safely. And check this shit out: these guys over at Smarter Every Day decided to film a slo-mo version of this kind of drop with a high frame rate camera. At 2:31 it turns into what looks like an explosion of rainbow confetti! Plus, they totally explain the science behind it for our braining pleasure. Via Boingboing Check out more photos of Val and Galen's science-loving wedding here. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark (aka Superman) is Offbeat Bride's Editor + Project Wrangler and a Chicago-based freelance web consultant. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video games and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, and cuddles with her feline fur baby. @enidjcoleslaw @whimsycatt PREVIOUS A dreamy steamy custom wedding dress from KMKDesigns NEXT How to make your own light-up, leather lotus flowers Toggle comments [ 5 ] WOW! That is pretty awesome, and science is usually not fun for me! That is very, very cool! Reply super cool and an interesting analogy for marriage. Reply Cooooooooool! Reply This is straight up one of the coolest things I've ever seen, and one of the most incredible "breaking the glass" alternatives, possibly ever in history ever. 3 agree Reply Whoa, seriously awesome. Boy and I are science geeks and I'm sure I could convince him to do this when we get married. Way cooler than stepping on a shot glass. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.