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posted by swell at 7:59 PM on November 16, 2006

You know what's a stupid word? Eponysterical.

Enough already.
posted by stenseng at 8:05 PM on November 16, 2006

posted by krebby at 8:17 PM on November 16, 2006

Y'know krebby, I thought exactly the same thing - that living ocean from the original novel.

Thought the same thing back when these NN fluid videos got done to death back in ought-four.
posted by nanojath at 8:31 PM on November 16, 2006

I make this stuff for my class all the time. They love it, but they also love "gooey goo" which makes less of a mess and lasts longer.

Like a teaspoon of Borax mixed with a cup of hot water, put into two cups elmers glue mixed with two cups of cold water... or something like that. It's great.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 8:35 PM on November 16, 2006

fascinating, enjoyed it. thanks.
posted by fungible at 8:37 PM on November 16, 2006

"comparing the physical properties of oobleck and glurch."

I love science.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 8:50 PM on November 16, 2006

Damn your hide! I had a hugenormous rock star post about non-newtonian fluids planned.

*rushes off to encrypt his bookmarks, remove the drive, cast it in epoxy, cast that in concrete and bury it all below an undisclosed ocean floor*
posted by loquacious at 9:08 PM on November 16, 2006

This one has more of a personality
posted by milkrate at 9:09 PM on November 16, 2006

Second to last link: Unstable molecules? ;)

Last link: Damn, that looks fun.
posted by kosher_jenny at 9:15 PM on November 16, 2006

Cool stuff, the liquid/gel armor idea also appeared in Snow Crash and Neutron star by Niven.
posted by econous at 2:23 AM on November 17, 2006

Ok, so these have been done before.

They're still the coolest thing ever. And you can make the nifty fingers yourself at home.
(The persistent holes are much harder to create).

Although when I did this myself, I used an old set of computer speakers, took them apart and attached a yogurt lid filled with oobleck to the speaker cone. Play a 120 or 60 hz sound wave through the speakers, and you'll definitely get the fingers.

Really great demo. Also evidently works with glass microspheres.

Last link: My life is clearly incomplete, as I have not yet swum in a non-newtonian fluid. Thanks for the link!
posted by nat at 4:23 AM on November 17, 2006

Props to TV for getting the name right!
posted by eriko at 5:33 AM on November 17, 2006

So that's how the Mexicans train to sneak across the Rio Grande?
posted by orthogonality at 5:39 AM on November 17, 2006

So that's how the Mexicans train to sneak across the Rio Grande?

Have you seen the Rio Grande lately? You can step over it in most parts. :)
posted by fusinski at 7:05 AM on November 17, 2006

Dang! I couldn't get the second video to run, and YouTube is blocked at work. I'm a huge fan of non-newtonian fluids. I'll have to check at home.

loquacious - Pare it down, and make your post. I'll be looking for it. Don't let me down!
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 7:17 AM on November 17, 2006

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Oobleck.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
posted by Smedleyman at 4:46 PM on November 17, 2006

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