Suzanne asks what the increase in volume is when a popcorn kernel is popped. I thought in my head that it might be 16 times. Then I made the popcorn. Guess I'm an empericist after all.
I started with this:
I popped the corn using a Whirly-Pop hand-crank stovetop popcorn popper. It popped all of the kernels. I kid you not - I looked inside for any laggers, and there were none.
After popping, I had this:
Now, the measuring cup on the left I tried really hard to level off at 4 cups. The one on the right has what was left. Let's say between the 2 there is one more cup. So 1/4 cup became 9 cups of popped corn - an increase of 4 x 9 = 36. A 36-fold increase in volume! That's my answer. Repetition, of course, would improve the precision.
Thanks to all of you for the input on the scarf! What did I go with? I'll give a hint. It's E) None of the above, and I may have taken a page from Brooklyntweed. Stay tuned this week for a yarny prize, more scarf action, old FOs, new LYSs, and who knows what!