Watch a Tennis Racket Smash Jell-O in Super Slow-Mo

Jell-O is an American institution, something so endlessly fascinating that you just can’t stop playing with it.

The Jell-O marketing team is well aware of this. The brand had all but gone under in the 1990s, but with the introduction of Jigglers—which are, essentially, toys made of food—Jell-O turned the ship around.

Tapping into our collective desire to play with our food, a recent Jell-O advertisement showed a brick of green Jell-O being diced into tidy lime stripes by a swinging tennis racket. Was it real? Was it Photoshop? Does Jell-O really do that? The people needed to know.

Enter the Slo Mo Guys, two goofy Brits armed with a very, very expensive camera that they use to film slow-motion splashes, smashes, and explosions. The appeal of videos like “Rubber Bands vs. Watermelon” and “Football to the Face” are oddly compelling, and a slow-mo Jell-O (or "jelly," in Brit-speak) video is no different:

Jell-O is a wacky substance, neither liquid nor solid. When gelatin particles are mixed into water, the resulting blob is called a colloidal gel. The structure and flexibility of the gel make it both wobbly and resilient, which is why it’s possible to suspend banana slices in your Jell-O mold. (Before smashing it with a tennis racket, of course.)

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Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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