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Space and Physics

Walking on Water: Easier Than It Sounds

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Lisa Winter

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clockJun 2 2014, 20:49 UTC
1100 Walking on Water: Easier Than It Sounds
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Walking on water is a miracle, right? Maybe not. Pretty much anyone can do it, as long as you have enough cornstarch to add to the water.

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Combining cornstarch and water creates oobleck; a non-Newtonian fluid. That means it doesn’t behave like a typical fluid. While it does pour like a liquid, it acts like a solid when force is applied. As a result, pouring enough of it into a pool will allow you and your friends to run, walk, dance, or play soccer on the surface. The only rule is that you have to keep moving, otherwise it’ll gobble you up in a quicksand-like fashion. 

Check out this group of people in Malaysia as they see what happens when you step on top of 8,000 liters of oobleck. I don’t know about you, but this definitely makes me want to host my own oobleck pool party this summer!

 

Want the recipe and other fun ideas to make oobleck yourself? Check out the recipe here.


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