In one of those Internet things that exists solely to delight us, science fiction author Neal Stephenson starts slicing up fruit (and other things) with swords, shot at about 2,300 frames per second. Come for the cantaloupe, stay for the amazing shot of Stephenson demolishing a plastic water bottle with his longsword.

Okay, so this video does come with an ulterior motive: to market ChefSteps' sous-vide course, and remind us all of the importance of an appropriately sharp knife.

Visual of the Week – Neal, Swords, and 2300 FPS [ChefSteps via Laughing Squid]