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Date: 04/28/08 09:33 AM

83 Responses to Supercooling Experiment

  1. Profile photo of BrokenJohn
    BrokenJohn Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:36 am
    It has something to do with the water moving that turns it into ice.
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    TheNineXXX Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:37 am
    that`s not water and its not supercooled!
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    TheNineXXX Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:37 am
    repost?
  4. Profile photo of deltaumarcus
    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:38 am
    I agree with TheNine.
  5. Profile photo of the-K-factor
    the-K-factor Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:38 am
    looks like the bottle is pooting
  6. Profile photo of sjanae76
    sjanae76 Female 30-39
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:38 am
    Um. . . no chemist here, but maybe the bowl is sitting on top of some liquid nitrogen that you can`t see because the towel is in the way (which also prevents it from breaking)? That`s what I would think anyway.
  7. Profile photo of deltaumarcus
    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:38 am
    about it not being water. Don`t know if it`s repost or not
  8. Profile photo of goaliejerry
    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:40 am
    It is supercooled water, and one can make water colder than the freezing point if it is very pure and not disturbed. Then, any small disturbance, like pooring it, will create tiny bubbles, which cause the water to turn into ice crystals. Its cool.
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    sjanae76 Female 30-39
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:40 am
    Okay, well maybe I should have watched the whole thing. . . I`m going to go with the "it`s not water" theory!
  10. Profile photo of goaliejerry
    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:40 am
    IT IS WATER. Seriously, you people can find your way to this website, can you not find GOOGLE??
  11. Profile photo of deltaumarcus
    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:46 am
    Yeah, it`s water. Wiki says it`s possible. Though I don`t really understand the math behind it. Cause you know, not a physicist.
  12. Profile photo of deltaumarcus
    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:47 am
    Here`s the link that wiki page Supercooled water
  13. Profile photo of Ktipr
    Ktipr Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:48 am
    About a year ago a video was posted on how to do this : Instant Hot Ice
  14. Profile photo of iBeth
    iBeth Female 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:48 am
    I dont gettitt.....
  15. Profile photo of Ktipr
    Ktipr Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:48 am
    So no its not water
  16. Profile photo of deltaumarcus
    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:50 am
    No, it`s water. You need to get water that is very pure. Watch this video and read what the guy has to say about it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lISK1YFcZBM
  17. Profile photo of mangamonkey
    mangamonkey Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:50 am
    yeah it is water but its not freezing,

    i cant remember the compound but what you do is, heat the water, then make a highly saturated solution of the compound (i think its acetyl acetone but dont quote me on that) then went thats all dissolved and saturated you refridgerate the water

    sine theres now more compound in the water than the water can deal with, when you pour it the compound starts to crystalise, the acetyl acetone or whatever is just resolidifying

    Nothing to do with cooling or supercooling at all, and there are no state changes, other than going from "in solution" to "out of solution"

    You`d think this thing had been reposted enough for people to know this by now

  18. Profile photo of deltaumarcus
    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:53 am
    Then let us never talk about it again
  19. Profile photo of chrismeraz
    chrismeraz Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:55 am
    Water can be cooled several degrees below its freezing point. If there are no nucleation sites present(something for the ice crystals to latch onto), the water will not turn into its crystal form (ice). That is why it remained liquid in the bottle.

    However, when you pour it out, air bubbles are introduced. These are adequate and abundant nucleation sites, and the water will freeze immediately.

  20. Profile photo of chrismeraz
    chrismeraz Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:56 am
    That is a supercooled liquid. There is a similar effect for boiling. These peculiarities of the mechanism of change of state apply not only to water, but to most fluids.
  21. Profile photo of AnImbroglio
    AnImbroglio Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2008 at 10:03 am
    While it is possible to do this with supercooled water, the purity of the water would have to be EXTREMELY high, and it doesn`t seem all that likely in a plastic drinking bottle in a standard room. More likely it`s sodium acetate, which forms something called "hot ice".
  22. Profile photo of hivoltage
    hivoltage Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 10:08 am
    two words: sodium acetate. not a supercooled liquid, it is a supersaturated solution. any hard movement or contact with a seed crystal sets it immediately crystallizing. it looks like ice but its actually hot. hot ice
  23. Profile photo of alikabul
    alikabul Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 10:08 am
    Easy trick... The cup contains spirits that holds a temperature under the freezing point for water. And the water in the bottle is just above freezing. 1 degree celsius or something like that.
  24. Profile photo of BrokenJohn
    BrokenJohn Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 10:16 am
    Sodium acetate stays solid afterwards, where the one shown in the video was reverting back to liquid.
  25. Profile photo of Reganom
    Reganom Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 10:24 am
    It`s some sort of chemical as has been said, and i think its sodium acetate.

    Its the same stuff they use in the gel hand warmers, when you click the "button" in the gell pack, its solidifies, and heats up.

    And brokenjohn, the sodium acetate wouldn`t stay solid, because its not completely sodium acetate, its still got water in it.

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    BABY_BEAR Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 10:28 am
    It reminds me of cupids penis.
  27. Profile photo of Queen_Jay
    Queen_Jay Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 10:29 am
    cool!
    and im baffled!
  28. Profile photo of RelaxEnjoy
    RelaxEnjoy Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 10:44 am
    ok, i admit i havnt watched the video, but here goes my theory.

    its water thats below 0degrees, but perfectly `smooth` and undisturbed. touching it provides something for the ice to crystallise around. you need something for the crystals to form around before they will appear.

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    necros Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 10:45 am
    Snore old news
  30. Profile photo of Shortone0726
    Shortone0726 Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 10:54 am
    So it`s water mixed with something...not just water...lame
  31. Profile photo of floater
    floater Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 11:09 am
    This is possible Try doing it with a snapple. Put a snapple in the freezer. let is stay still for an hour or more. watch it when you pull it out if it is still liquid and you shake it a little it will turn to a slushie! trust
  32. Profile photo of z-a
    z-a Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 11:31 am
    lol, wow. definately a repost. and nothing new. sorry.

    All that it is is a supersaturated liquid(water). Like others said, simply boil water, disolve the solid, then cool it back off(without disturbing it). Any little disturbance will cause the solid to reform. Hand warmers are made by doing this (if you`ve ever seen them, you simply bend a little metal disc which disturbs the supersaturated liquid, and releases heat as the solid forms)

  33. Profile photo of mrpopenfresh
    mrpopenfresh Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 11:40 am
    Jeezus beneezus, this has been on at leats a dozen times.
  34. Profile photo of yum
    yum Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 11:51 am
    i think this is the third time this has been posted on i-am-bored...still cool
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    luckyaxolotl Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 11:58 am
    I love how everyone agrees its a really old, often reposted trick - but then half the people definitively assert it`s one thing and the other half assert it`s something completely different.

    It`s really liquidised unicorn horn, it freezes on contact with pure evil (smeared on the dish)

  36. Profile photo of bsm
    bsm Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 12:05 pm
    The people that claim to know this is definitely super cooled water makes this repost so much better!
  37. Profile photo of DOUBLE_L7
    DOUBLE_L7 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm
    It`s a mixture of water and ammonium nitrate. Ammonium nitrate is the stuff you find in cold compresses.
  38. Profile photo of Shanir
    Shanir Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm
    Its sodium acetate

    look up, hot ice or something along those lines

  39. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm
    Hmmm I dont think that is water in the first place
  40. Profile photo of CaaBaaRaa
    CaaBaaRaa Female 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 12:43 pm
    I don`t really care if it`s water or not, its pretty damn cool.
  41. Profile photo of kikij
    kikij Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 12:49 pm
    If you get a small bottle of evian and put it in the freezer. After a couple of hours it should still be liquid, hit the bottle against something and it will instantly change to soft ice in front of your eyes.
    I have done this for years as I eat ice constantly. It looks weird and I have no clue how it happens but it is easy to do yourself if you get the timing right. It was just pure pot luck with me.
  42. Profile photo of jetmark
    jetmark Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm
    endless reposts on i-a-b
  43. Profile photo of cvesay
    cvesay Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm
    No, that video seems quite possible. I have had something similar happen to me with a bottle of deer park spring water. I left it lying (horizontal) down in the freezer for I believe close to a hour or half hour, either way, when I grabbed it out of the freezer it was still in liquid form. As soon as I tipped the bottle upright it started to freeze immediately, and looked a lot like what it did in the video.
  44. Profile photo of ayull
    ayull Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 1:19 pm
    re-yawn, again.
  45. Profile photo of iruga
    iruga Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 1:21 pm
    ok just so people know something similar happened to me i took a case of 4 bottles out of the freezer, but before i did i checked them they where all 100% clear unfrozen i closed the box back up and moved them to my room i took them out of the box one was frozen solid and white two where half way and one was fine. i took the one that was normal and shook it a little and the entire thing turned into slush and ice
  46. Profile photo of Kairobi
    Kairobi Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 1:33 pm
    Whatever.
    It`s still cool, be it water or other.
    I hate these kinda posts, though. Gives those guys who sit at home all day a chance to wave their verified wikipedia PhDs alongside their over inflated e-peens.
    If you KNOW something, post a link.
    If you;re guessing, don`t be an ass about it.

    x.

  47. Profile photo of IceCAPPED
    IceCAPPED Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 2:19 pm
    ya pretty sure manga monkey has it right
    ive seen this so many times before
    WHOOPY POO!
  48. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm
    SOLUTION TO HOW IT WORKS!!!
    k, first off, it IS water, but its been saturated with (i dont remember...i think it was potassium nitrate, AKA saltpeter, not sure though you can find that out on your own) but its completely saturated with the given chemical, then it gains a special property after its cooled to freezing point or less, and it requires something for the ice crystals to form around, such as an air bubble, a finger, hell even a grain of rice dropped into the water would do it. if you MUST know more you can google it or look around on wikipedia, im sure they have more in-depth info on the phenomenon. huh...thats a nice word, phenomenon, sounds weird if u say it more than once...phenomenon. sounds like an egyptian king..Pharaoh Phenomenon the Third! oh crap...i babbled about random stuff didnt I? Ah well...w/e, phenomenon.

    phenomenon.

  49. Profile photo of bdiekh2
    bdiekh2 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 3:26 pm
    supersaturated
    you put salt or something in when it is boiling, because it can hold more than it usually can. when you cool it down, unless you disrupt it, it will stay in that state. its all chemistry
  50. Profile photo of mrjerrio
    mrjerrio Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 3:27 pm
    i would explain it to you but instead watch the OTHER 4 VIDEOS EXPLAINING IT ON THIS WEBSITE. btw 4x repost
  51. Profile photo of msimmons
    msimmons Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 3:29 pm
    It`s supercooled water.

    It`s not a trick.

    get DISTILLED water (key word thar... if you missed it it`s DISTILLED) and cool it to an extremely low temperature. IT WILL NOT FREEZE.

    The mechanics behind water freezing rely on an impurity for the crystalline structure to form around, so pure water does that when comes in contact with, for example, salt, sugar, dirt, soap, whatever that could have been in the little cup.

  52. Profile photo of msimmons
    msimmons Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 3:30 pm
    also, let me reiterate,
    IT`S JUST WATER, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE IN THE BOTTLE.

    At least, you CAN do it with just water... that`s not necessarily how it`s done in the video.

  53. Profile photo of jimenfel001
    jimenfel001 Female 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 3:32 pm
    I`ve seen this before
  54. Profile photo of melancholy87
    melancholy87 Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 3:34 pm
    awesome
  55. Profile photo of Ruswut
    Ruswut Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 3:47 pm
    You can freeze water at lots of temperatures, just need high pressure
  56. Profile photo of msimmons
    msimmons Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 4:03 pm
    "You can freeze water at lots of temperatures, just need high pressure"
    Or low pressure, or any pressure with pure distilled water.
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    Killing_Time Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm
    Oh God is this a repost!! But some of the responses are new, so here`s my two cents.

    I`d be in the supersaturated camp, for a few reasons, but here are hopefully two original ones.

    The Wiki article on supercooling states that cooling must be rapid, (10^6 K/s) and I see no apparatus for rapid cooling there, or even any signs of cold. No way would contact with a cold surface, through the bowl and towel cool that fast. I think we`re talking micro seconds here.

    Also, while agitation might (I`m not denying it 100%) cause the "freezing" effect, watch how the stuff piles up on itself. The supercooling theory states that a mere shaking of the dish would do, but this looks like "The more of the mystery liquid you add, the more of the ice like stuff you get," and that doesn`t really fit in.

    Maybe it`s just me , and maybe I`m dead wrong.

    Meh

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    sepia-tenshi Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 4:26 pm
    it works cause its a repost!
  59. Profile photo of nitefang
    nitefang Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm
    I don`t know how ti works unless it isn`t really water, they have some chemicals that will do that though, freeze almost instantly.

    Where did this video come from though? A university or somethin?

  60. Profile photo of ImaginaryN
    ImaginaryN Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 5:27 pm
    Re-read the wiki article....It says you can freeze PURE water to about -41 degrees C without it crystalizing, but to go any lower than that without it crystalizing you need to cool it at 10^6 K/s...so no specialist equipment needed.

    Everyone here has a bloody freezer, get off your arses, buy some distilled water and try it instead of debating it ffs!!

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    crackemonium Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 5:35 pm
    repost...
  62. Profile photo of that70s_show
    that70s_show Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 5:39 pm
    wat the hell? when the water turns to slush it doesnt look very real...look close at where the water turns to slush and it kind of looks edited

    and if it was "supercooled" how come it turned back into water after a short time in the bowl? fake

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    TheGrag Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 5:41 pm
    Jesus, this is a respost from about when i first joined IAB...
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    thecranberry Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 5:47 pm
    holy poo its freezing water. drat me with a rake. my mind is blown. anyone who doesn`t believe this kind of poo isn`t particularlly hard to do, have fun with your 3rd degree burns when you flash boil something in the microwave.
  65. Profile photo of Chono
    Chono Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 7:03 pm
    Sorry, but you idiots shouldn`t give your guesses as answers. THIS IS SODIUM ACETATE!!! Sodium acetate freezes at about room temperature, and melts at 100C. some have said it cant be because it turns back into a liquid. not true, because the reaction is exothermic, which means it gives off heat and melts itself again. If given enough time, it would freeze permanently. 9th grade bio class ppl.Fun with sodium acetate In this video, the acetate is poured slow enough so that the amount of heat being given off by the reaction is not enough to melt it again
  66. Profile photo of caduceo13
    caduceo13 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 8:23 pm
    That`s sodium acetate.
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    lucid_wizard Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:17 pm
    I usually don`t gripe about repost...but isn`t this the 4 or 5 time this has been up in the past year....?
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    SexGangChild Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:37 pm
    This is simple. It`s Sub-Zero`s hand doing that.
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    killer1122 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 9:42 pm
    you are all stupid water can freeze either way, either its supercooled or its Sodium Acetate but since the ice hasn`t taken on the trademark whitish tinge that Sodium Acetate causes it is clearly the super cooled type this time but the other is still another way and an easier way of doing this
  70. Profile photo of RyanF701
    RyanF701 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2008 at 11:01 pm
    You guys are all crazy.

    Science.. pshh.

    It`s gnome magic.

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    richoricho Male 40-49
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    April 29, 2008 at 3:07 am
    Has anyone said "COOL" yet??
  72. Profile photo of BasuraBlanca
    BasuraBlanca Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2008 at 4:26 am
    Definitely, SexGangChild.

    Science has no place here!
    Just badass cold martial artists from video games!

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    Dr4k Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2008 at 7:42 am
    Instant Slushee
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    lenashawitz Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2008 at 9:53 am
    This has got to be like the 3rd repost of this! Read the comments, people have it right!
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    VictorMunch Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm
    repooooooooooooooooooost
  76. Profile photo of SilentFray
    SilentFray Female 18-29
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    April 29, 2008 at 5:38 pm
    its the same exact thing that is used in the heating pad that hunters and construction workers use. still pretty cool though.
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    YOUREWINNER Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2008 at 11:11 pm
    People still haven`t seen or figured this out?
  78. Profile photo of anGiE_O_o
    anGiE_O_o Female 13-17
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    April 30, 2008 at 4:31 am
    it`s not water

    but i think that was allready mentioned q_p

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    scottk6 Male 30-39
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    April 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm
    Wow. Some of these posts/people are so moronic and stupid, I fear for the future of the earth.
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    scar104 Male 13-17
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    April 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm
    Sodium acetate hyper saturated solution, oh and repost
  81. Profile photo of Senper
    Senper Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2008 at 2:12 am
    It could be a supersaturated liquid, or it could be nucleation.
    But by the way the crystals are forming, by the -frost- on the bottle, and the fact that it`s melting from the ambient temperature in the air, I`d have to say it`s nucleation.
    Mythbusters did an episode which covered a type of nucleation, except it was super heated water in a microwave. As soon it got disturbed it turned instantly into steam.
  82. Profile photo of rgsupergrove
    rgsupergrove Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2008 at 11:28 pm
    extremely pure water!
  83. Profile photo of firefliet
    firefliet Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2008 at 10:15 am
    A bottle of pure, distilled water will do that. Just sayin` it`s possible.

    Let`s gripe about the repost anyway. XP

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