Watching a match head ignite at 4,000 FPS is mesmerizing

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It’s amazing just how different everyday tasks look when filmed in super slow motion and what secrets they may hide. For example, did you know an outstretched slinky hanging vertically seems to defy gravity when released and only “falls” once the top section has collided with the bottom portion? Or that cats have an extremely elaborate way of drinking that puzzled scientists until just a few years ago?

The latest ultra slow motion video making the rounds on the web shows exactly what happens during another common task – lighting a match head. What’s essentially over in a couple of seconds and looks pretty basic in real-time is actually amazingly complex and mesmerizing when viewed at 4,000 frames per second.

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