Well, now you can, courtesy of 20 gallons of liquid nitrogen and the unbridled curiosity of WIRED staffers.
Almost anything has the ability to crack apart in a spectacular explosion—even a peacock feather, or a baseball—if you leave it in liquid nitrogen long enough.
Just how long depends on how quickly heat moves through the material.
Scientists call this rate thermal conductivity, and it s not as complicated as you think.
Instead, the impact points trigger a fracture, and the object soon becomes many smaller objects.
To the naked eye, this reparative behavior looks like bending.