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Desc:This is the coolest thing i've seen today...
Category:Science & Technology
Tags:salt, water balls, sodium acetate, sodium bicarbonate
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Comment count is 27
Binro the Heretic - 2008-10-27

Good lick finding calcium bicarbonate, suckers.
Binro the Heretic - 2008-10-27

(damn it)

kennydra - 2008-10-27
I'm wondering more where to get ionized salt!!!

This is super cool, i wanna do it.

Binro the Heretic - 2008-10-27
Sorry. It's a fake.

Look closely and you'll see the "water balls" are actually solid objects that refract light just like water. They are nearly invisible in the water. When he runs his fingers through the solution, you'll see them moving around in there.

They're some type of polymer beads. My nephew got a pack of them in a little science kit I bought for him. They look like little granules but when you put them in water they start to swell to 300 times their original size.

kennydra - 2008-10-27

Binro the Heretic - 2008-10-27
If it makes you feel better, here's a recipe that actually works:


Stuff you need:

- Borax (a laundry booster found in the detergent aisle)
- Mucilage glue* (Found at art supply & hobby stores. Clear is better, but amber works, too)
- Water
- Food coloring
- Sealable sandwich bag
- Measuring cup & spoons
- Containers for mixing stuff

* White glue works, too, but the slime comes out very different


1 - Mix one tablespoon of Borax in 1/2 cup of water until Borax is completely dissolved.

2 - Add food coloring to mixture for desired color. (skip this step for clear ectoplasm)

3 - Thoroughly mix 1/4 cup glue with 1/4 cup water.

4 - Combine Borax mixture & glue mixture in sealable sandwich bag. Remove as much air as you can from the bag & seal it.

5 - Knead the bag thoroughly mixing the compound for about five or ten minutes.

6 - Empty out the excess water and remove the remaining goop from the bag. It will be loose & sticky at first, but will become more resilient as it is worked.

The ectoplasm will, in fact, become tougher & tougher as it is played with, just as chewing gum or bread dough becomes tougher as it is worked. The polymer strands get more twisted & tangled resulting in a more rubbery mass.

Store the ectoplasm in the bag or other airtight container to prevent drying. Keeping it in the fridge will also help it last longer. Throw it away when you start to notice mold spots.

RockBolt - 2008-10-27
Homemade gak! Man, I made tons of that stuff as a kid. Hell I'll bet there is still some old cool whip container of it somewhere in my parents crawlspace

Camonk - 2008-10-27
This is so cool. It'd be great to make this stuff, then get drunk and mess with it.
Caminante Nocturno - 2008-10-27
The obvious explanation is magic.
petep - 2008-10-27
5 for cool science, -1 for every other thing about this motherfucking video
IrishWhiskey - 2008-10-27
badideasinaction - 2008-10-27
Step one: find a liquid material and a solid material with roughly the same colour and refractive index.

Step two: make a joke video using the two items from step one.
DMKA - 2008-10-27
LOL @ all the people who will actually try this.

Clever troll is clever.
Binro the Heretic - 2008-10-27
He kind of shot himself in the foot, though, telling people to use calcium bicarbonate. Maybe he meant calcium carbonate. (stomach antacid) He did, after all, refer to iodized salt as "ionized" salt.

Still, it looks way more convincing than glowing Mountain Dew.

petep - 2008-10-27
this is fake? i want my stars back :(

Aelric - 2008-10-27
water balls contain 0% water
SecretJunk - 2008-10-27
100% balls

Doctor Arcane - 2008-10-27
balls balls balls balls balls balls balls balls balls OF STEEL!

Godard's Drinking Problem - 2008-10-28
This is the same recipe I use to cook up my meth.
Godard's Drinking Problem - 2008-10-28
Whoops, I meant to give this one star for the bullshit trolling.

Caminante Nocturno - 2008-10-28
It must've been all that meth you do.

mashedtater - 2008-10-28
forget the video this exchange is five star

Godard's Drinking Problem - 2008-10-28

Spike Jonez - 2008-10-28
Mine didn't work. :'(
oddeye - 2014-09-20
Your balls?

chumbucket - 2008-10-28
I knew this was fake since he spelled "balls" with an "s". Had it been, "ballz" I might have believed this was possible
fluffy - 2008-12-13
Sodium bicarbonate + acetic acid = calcium acetate! Oh wow, it's so obvious, he's discovered how to transubstantiate sodium into calcium!
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