Sid Viscous

Over on Neatorama, I found this great video of two men demonstrating the properties of non-Newtonian fluid — aka, cornstarch and water. They’ve filled a pool with the stuff and can actually run across it, all Jesus-like. I remember playing with this stuff on a small scale as a kid, and this is like a dream come true. All you need, apparently, is a cement mixer. I’m sorely tempted to see about renting one for my next party. Screw Jello wrestling, this is real science! Make your own oobleck by combining 1 part water to 1.5 to 2 parts cornstarch and have a blast!
Ideas keep coming over on last week’s threads, so keep it up. Sadly, I haven’t heard from anyone yet who can draw like Jack Chick. Where are all the artists?

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Rebecca Watson

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