When you jump off the floor or even on a trampoline, how high does your jump reach? One foot? Two feet?
Well to put things into perspective, consider that the average NBA player jumps two feet and four inches from the ground. Michael Jordan, the all-time king of basketball jumps, achieves a height of four feet off the ground.
So, how high does a popcorn kernel jump when it pops?
Each kernel can reach up to three feet off the surface when popping. That is better than most NBA players and just shy of Michael Jordan.
Just imagine what humans could accomplish, if we were able to jump so many times higher than our own body height, as popcorn does!