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Date: 11/10/08 02:08 AM

86 Responses to Water Balls

  1. Profile photo of deathxtra
    deathxtra Male 13-17
    2791 posts
    November 9, 2008 at 9:30 pm
    Link: Water Balls - The substance comes in contact with air, loses its polar ability and sticks to itself, making water balls. Balls!
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    davisfyke Male 13-17
    49 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 2:17 am
    awesome stuff
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    kurtkobain05 Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 2:18 am
    coolish. Reminds me of Sqaund...
  4. Profile photo of Tisjokar
    Tisjokar Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 2:22 am
    That would make one hell of a good milkshake!
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    Eddy23 Male 18-29
    459 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 2:28 am
    Very neat, but too much work.
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    Willowpuff Female 18-29
    2220 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 2:32 am
    Will people ever spell "loses" correctly?!
    It`s so annoying.
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    Aus10816 Male 18-29
    639 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 2:39 am
    hehe balls.
  8. Profile photo of fatex52986
    fatex52986 Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 2:46 am
    you can use sodium bicarbonate as well. it will do the same thing.
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    Ivar2112 Male 18-29
    271 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 2:54 am
    cwl, looks a bit like the avatar :p
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 2:55 am
    I love you willowpuff.

    *Cries*

    I`ve felt ... so... alone.

  11. Profile photo of danthew
    danthew Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 2:58 am
    I`m pretty sure thats fake... has any1 actually done it? I think all they did was get some marbles and put them in water, the marbles disappear in the water but are visible out of it...
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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 3:09 am
    That`s pretty drating cool. Would be nice if someone older than 12 made the video though.
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    brandonabe Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 3:12 am
    2:11- look closely, you can see the marbles in the middle-bottom of the tupperware.if this were ACTUALLY true, the balls would not still be individuals in his hand, they would rejoin like in the container. Water also wouldnt stick to his hand and form small droplets.
  14. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 3:28 am
    This is a joke. Doesn`t work. Nothing to see here, Move along.
  15. Profile photo of Thetas
    Thetas Male 18-29
    1540 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 3:58 am
    No, don`t worry, it`s real. We live in an era that isn`t just about turning lead to gold.
  16. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2008 at 3:59 am
    Willow, Baal, I feel and share the depth of your pain on the whole loose/lose thing. For me, it`s right up there with should of/should have, i could care less/I couldn`t care less, and that steaming, festering turd of the grammatical world, "irregardless".

    Rest easy, it`s fixed now, along with the errant apostrophe in "loses it`s polar ability". I shoulda been an editor, I could`ve satified my inner grammar nazi all day long.

  17. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 5:18 am
    should anybody do this, be careful, sodium acetate is explosive.

    and davymid, i freakin hate it when people swith there/their/they`re they are all completely different words ffs!!

  18. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 5:20 am
    oh and im also quite sure that acctually making sodium acetate is quite a bit mroe complicated than this. if not then im making some, you can put a pile in your hand and light it, it goes up so fast you only feel a warm burst of air basically.
  19. Profile photo of antagonizer
    antagonizer Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 5:31 am
    It`s funny how those bath beads are almost invisible when they`re submerged in water....FAKE!
  20. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    November 10, 2008 at 5:38 am
    "...now add baking soda and vinegar..." - ? Is anyone stupid enough to fall for this? FAKE.
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    Ashleyliz Female 18-29
    165 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 5:42 am
    Hmm. If I was a total idiot, I`d try this at home.

    Maybe I`ll just stick to my universities lab. I`m slightly curious....but don`t have much faith.

  22. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2008 at 6:13 am
    vv "Are the mods that gullible? Are the mods that STUPID?"

    Duffy, I`m a professional scientist. I`ve got a PhD and a BSc (First Class Honours) and I`m a published author on peer-reviewed scientific journals 11 times now. And yes, I know anyone can say any old sh*t over the internet, but that actually 100% true.

    This site`s about boredom relief, nothing more, nothing less. We know it`s fake. Hell, if we had to reject everything on the innernet that was fake, we`d have precious little material left to work with. Relax, man.

  23. Profile photo of BoomBox
    BoomBox Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 6:26 am
    So wait is this fake or what? Cause I might wanna try it...
  24. Profile photo of Robert_D
    Robert_D Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 6:30 am
    Vinegar + Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) => Sodium Acetate + Carbon Dioxide + Water.

    Although I`d follow If you really want to make balls of sodium acetate, this is much more reliable.
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Crystall...

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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 7:07 am
    Duffy, if you`re looking for a website that posts scientifically accurate and relevant information, may I point you somewhere else?

    IAB is not that site.

    I`m sorry if you were duped into believing it and are now upset, or you think all homemade youtube videos are supposed to be taken seriously, but please do not take out your own gullibility on the moderators.

    Thank you.

  26. Profile photo of cjyogi65
    cjyogi65 Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 7:45 am
    im doing this myself... so shut u all up.... at about 2:30 in the vid a "water ball" falles out of his hand onto the table and bursts.... so idk... i will post my results... its in the cooling stage
  27. Profile photo of cjyogi65
    cjyogi65 Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 7:51 am
    O.K. it does not have the same effect as the video............... i put my hand and and scooped up nothing but an empty hand of water.... BUT the water did not act like regular water..... it was like my hand was a windsheild with rain-x on it.... it kinda beaded off in small beads.... it also turns ur hand a darker color? may be an indication of silver iodine... overall i wouldnt try it...
  28. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2008 at 8:09 am
    vv "shut u all up.... at about 2:30 in the vid a water ball falls out of his hand onto the table and bursts"

    Watch it again: What I think you meant to say was "a plastic ball falls out of his hand onto the table and bounces"

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    nicalobe Male 18-29
    119 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 8:19 am
    Lol @ "When you`re waiting, go get some..."
  30. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    November 10, 2008 at 8:42 am
    You`re right, I`m expecting too much. But when they say to "mix vinegar and baking soda" I THINK that ought to be enough of a tip-off right there.

    And, it looks like half the people on here still believe this is real.

  31. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2008 at 9:02 am
    vv "And, it looks like half the people on here still believe this is real."

    Duffy, you`re right, and it`s scary sometimes. I work for a major multinational oil company... Remember the "Japanese Water-Powered Car" post a while back? Dude, I`d say about 90% of commenters fell for it hook, line and sinker.

    My forehead is only now recovering from the bruises suffered that day due to my head hitting the desk repeatedly and with considerable velocity. Sometimes this place makes me despair...

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    green_btrfly Female 18-29
    751 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 9:04 am
    Kinda cool, but reminds me of a meth lab... and pointless. I`ll dave it for a rainy day B-l
  33. Profile photo of Quackor
    Quackor Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 9:11 am
    omg! i can get perfectly rounded water balls of the same size by just scooping my hand into this magic water!
  34. Profile photo of Yosemine
    Yosemine Male 18-29
    92 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 9:44 am
    danthew, I think you pretty much got it. I bought these tiny little balls that swell in the water once, and they become huge compared to how small they were. Since they get so huge and full of water, they are completely clear and disappear in water. These balls appear to be the same. At about 2:33 he has one fall out, and it bounces the same way.

    Also, I think it`s about time I joined I-A-B after browsing it for four years. :D

  35. Profile photo of Red5TheFinn
    Red5TheFinn Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 9:49 am
    I`m callin` shenanigans, The Vinegar And BS part pretty much shows that this was executed by a child.
    Like how can you believe this?
  36. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2008 at 9:50 am
    Yosemine, Happy Finally-Made-An-Account Day. I think most of us were lurkers for years before signing up... I know I was.

    Anyways, welcome, come on in and grab yourself a cold one.

  37. Profile photo of JimboH
    JimboH Male 30-39
    603 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 9:50 am
    You guys in the know shouldn`t have let on that it was fake. I totally would`ve fallen for it.

    I mean, in the video everything looked real. I figured this was going to be a safe alternative to playing with mercury.

    Oh well, back to rolling around those little beads of metallic goodness.

  38. Profile photo of JimboH
    JimboH Male 30-39
    603 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 9:54 am
    @ Yosemine:

    "Also, I think it`s about time I joined I-A-B after browsing it for four years. :D"

    Now you`re going to join the rest of us in wondering if others think the comments you post are as clever as you, yourself do.

    We all secretly wish for a ratings system for our comments. We just KNOW that even though we can never catch up with the people whose names are in red, we`d lead the league with a 3.9 average. ;)

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    FIRST_poster Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 10:18 am
    IT IS FAKE!
    ok now everyone got it.
    what you actually get is sodium acetate which as also pretty cool.
    you remember the sculptures…
    so mixing vinegar with baking soda is NOT a reason to think its fake, stupid.
  40. Profile photo of grandmasterz
    grandmasterz Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 10:38 am
    "Yosemine, Happy Finally-Made-An-Account Day. I think most of us were lurkers for years before signing up... I know I was.

    Anyways, welcome, come on in and grab yourself a cold one." - Davymid

    Shame on you davymid in the states yosemine isn`t old enough to grab a cold one.

  41. Profile photo of adbot
    adbot Male 70 & Over
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    November 10, 2008 at 10:40 am
    i signed up and got banned
  42. Profile photo of adbot
    adbot Male 70 & Over
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    November 10, 2008 at 10:40 am
    oh, then i spammed the forums with automated advertisements and got over 30,000 hits onto a page. better than advertising!
  43. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5195 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 11:03 am
    I remember the "Japanese Water-Powered Car" very well, davymid. Also the "invisible suit" that isn`t, several holograms that weren`t, a rubber ball that doesn`t really unlock a car door, a house that isn`t just a meter wide (with pics, ffs), and many more.


    Someone tells you the Japanese found a way to power cars off water and we can stop searching for oil now! WHEEE!!!!
    I`m an electronics designer for a game company, and every so often someone announces they have a "mind control" interface, which isn`t. I get deluged with nonsense about it and wind up banging MY head against walls.

    Remember Orbo? Ever get that email that says Mars is going to appear the size of the full moon? I really feel like I`m living in that movie "Idiocracy" sometimes.

  44. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2008 at 11:30 am
    True Duffy. As Opie pointed out earlier, this ain`t exactly Mensa.

    And adbot, congratulations, I do believe you just beat the record for having the shortest account in I-A-B history. F*ck off and spam somewhere else, dick.

  45. Profile photo of SM25
    SM25 Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 11:46 am
    This is F*cking awesome its it true, and know if it is ?
  46. Profile photo of WhenIsLunch
    WhenIsLunch Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 11:54 am
    holysh*t is this real, i am definatley trying this! oh and if it is does anyone know if the balls stay like that forever or lose the ball trait?
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    WhenIsLunch Male 18-29
    460 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 12:02 pm
    haha im an idiot nvm
  48. Profile photo of neveryours
    neveryours Female 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 1:25 pm
    awww i know it isnt but i wish it were true lol
    ^^
  49. Profile photo of Jess776
    Jess776 Female 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 1:26 pm
    my favorite part is how no one noticed that the balls are pink?! lol, I don`t think anything could turn them pink except the soap inside them...because they are clearly bath beads. Thanks anyway, it was cool to see.
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    HOLYCRAP1234 Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 1:32 pm
    What if you squeeze it really hard?
  51. Profile photo of HOLYCRAP1234
    HOLYCRAP1234 Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm
    THATS WHAT SHE SAID
  52. Profile photo of sfcg
    sfcg Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm
    Man it is amazing what people will get up in arms about on this site :)

    All you have to do is look for the ones at the top of the list that have more than 30 comments and you know you`ve got a good one!

    As far as the video is concerned I think Jess 776 hit it on the head. But go ahead. Gather up all the ingredients and try this. Just don`t be suprised when the skin on your hand comes off like a glove.

  53. Profile photo of kamietsu
    kamietsu Male 18-29
    427 posts
    November 10, 2008 at 1:45 pm
    OMG you guys! i figured out how to do this experiment! im not joking! but it costs a bit more money then getting those things.

    First go here: http://www.lacrafts.com/Merchant2/mercha...

    and buy the clear type of water absorbing balls. then make a video of you showing how to make that special water. Stop the video, dump that water out and put in regular water, then put these in there and BAM! you have yourself exactly what you see in that video :P

  54. Profile photo of InvertMini55
    InvertMini55 Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 1:53 pm
    they are Sodium Polyacrylamide balls
    also known as "ghost crystals"
  55. Profile photo of Slade8
    Slade8 Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 2:00 pm
    Hello, Yosemine. Welcome to IAB`s forums. As we all know, this video is fake. Then again, it sure is entertaining. And I still think a water powered car COULD be done, only the video was fake. I mean, what is water? Oxygen and Hydrogen, right? Now, are those flammable? Yes? Right....
    Now, just to find a way to smash the molecules...
    *returns to evil lab, all the while cackling manically*
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    Backfat Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2008 at 2:21 pm
    Did I just watch a video on how to cook crystal meth, or something?
  57. Profile photo of Andyl
    Andyl Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 3:42 pm
    "comes in contact with air, loses its polar ability and sticks to itself"

    Hehe. Swing and a miss, my friend.

    That guy should also learn to read the label. It`s iodised salt, stupid.

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    xXxNatexXx Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 3:50 pm
    PHOTOSHOPPED
  59. Profile photo of deathxtra
    deathxtra Male 13-17
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    November 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm
    You can throw the liquid in the cup at your friend and you can tell him that it was a liquid despite his protests.
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    last_ninja Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm
    i just did it. it didn`t work. might be fake, i might`ve done it wrong. who knows
  61. Profile photo of bigmaac
    bigmaac Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 5:07 pm
    fail
  62. Profile photo of JimboH
    JimboH Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm
    Just wanted to point out that those of you who are calling those of us, "stupid," or making fun of us for not figuring it out, you now have proof that you`re a genius. Congrats.
  63. Profile photo of Chaos7
    Chaos7 Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 7:26 pm
    This site has become the home to balls...
  64. Profile photo of TheGrinch
    TheGrinch Male 18-29
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    November 10, 2008 at 9:27 pm
    Thats so awesome... I wish I had enough patience to do this...
  65. Profile photo of Negative_One
    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    November 10, 2008 at 10:45 pm
    Works better if you add bleach and ammonia. Then take a deeep breath.
  66. Profile photo of headbanger80
    headbanger80 Male 13-17
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    November 11, 2008 at 1:52 am
    SHENANIGANZ!!!!!!!!
  67. Profile photo of philippic
    philippic Male 18-29
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    November 11, 2008 at 1:10 pm
    i wanna know more of these science things!
  68. Profile photo of slepre
    slepre Female 18-29
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    November 11, 2008 at 1:44 pm
    is this real? like can you really do that?
  69. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    November 11, 2008 at 1:51 pm
    Negative_One: Demonstration is the best example. :)
  70. Profile photo of hairbands
    hairbands Female 13-17
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    November 11, 2008 at 2:11 pm
    GASP YOU CANT PUT GLASS IN THE FREEZER =O
  71. Profile photo of DiePSPolice
    DiePSPolice Male 30-39
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    November 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm
    @Slade8: "And I still think a water powered car COULD be done, only the video was fake. I mean, what is water? Oxygen and Hydrogen, right? Now, are those flammable? Yes? Right...."

    You fail your second law of thermodynamics. Yes, burning oxygen and hydrogen releases energy, and... turns them into water. To get that water back separated back into hydrogen and oxygen you need to put the same amount of energy back in.

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    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    November 11, 2008 at 11:19 pm
    slepre
    Female, 13-17, Southern US
    62 Posts Tuesday, November 11, 2008 1:44:34 PM
    is this real? like can you really do that?
    -------------------------------------------------
    No and No.
  73. Profile photo of Negative_One
    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    November 11, 2008 at 11:31 pm
    Nidonemo
    Male, 18-29, Western US
    3186 Posts Tuesday, November 11, 2008 1:51:51 PM
    Negative_One: Demonstration is the best example. :)
    --------------------------------------------------
    Be on the lookout for my YouTube video titled "Douchenozzle kills self with noxious chemicals"
  74. Profile photo of fatex52986
    fatex52986 Male 18-29
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    November 12, 2008 at 2:14 am
    Im a senior chemistry major at Humboldt state university in nor Cal and i couldnt tell you what the hell polar "hability" i dont even think it is a word.
  75. Profile photo of Vagrant86
    Vagrant86 Male 18-29
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    November 12, 2008 at 9:06 am
    oook? no.
  76. Profile photo of gcamaro32
    gcamaro32 Male 70 & Over
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    November 17, 2008 at 10:55 am
    I wonder how many people are going to actually try this to only find out that it`s a fake video...those are obviously either bath beeds, or salt beeds.

    nice try though.

  77. Profile photo of LadyMorgue
    LadyMorgue Female 30-39
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    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm
    Yes, bath beads... Lavender scented most likely, as the water was tinted purple at the end.
  78. Profile photo of goingforgold
    goingforgold Female 18-29
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    November 17, 2008 at 7:47 pm
    I think this is a very cute video. I`m sure that these boys had fun making it! For those who try to use their tips, I feel sorry for. They will nvr figure it out, lol...

    http://www.developmemory.com

  79. Profile photo of tangello
    tangello Female 13-17
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    April 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm
    they`re also called water marbles.
    i`m going to try this experiment this august with my uncle and bf when my bf comes to visit :] because neither of us remembers to get the supplise when we`re not together.. XD
  80. Profile photo of tangello
    tangello Female 13-17
    901 posts
    April 26, 2009 at 8:22 pm
    they`re not bath beads.

    here: http://www.wimp.com/watermarbles

  81. Profile photo of wtfcharles
    wtfcharles Male 18-29
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    May 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm
    So, you gave us a link the same video. I don`t get it. And, I`m pretty sure those are bath beads, because, if you look into the water closely @ around 2:10, you can see them floating around. But, if someone can actually do this and make it work, major kudos to you. I`m pretty sure there would have to be a bit more to it than this. If you Google "water beads", you`ll find many people trying to recreate this and they point out what is wrong about the video. I`d recommend seeing what they have to say if you really want to do this experiment.
  82. Profile photo of iluvpink13
    iluvpink13 Female 18-29
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    May 21, 2009 at 12:49 am
    yosemine, i also lurked on i-a-b for a few years before joining, since u can view without joining. took a few years b4 i felt strongly enough about something to actually sign up so i could comment.
    o and i also call shenanigans on this, eventhough i wish it was real. that would be cool.
  83. Profile photo of yojimbo122
    yojimbo122 Male 13-17
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    May 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm
    why did one fall out and BOUNCE away at 2:31
  84. Profile photo of maekol
    maekol Male 18-29
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    June 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    water hack!
  85. Profile photo of chem_teacher
    chem_teacher Male 40-49
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    October 14, 2009 at 7:05 am
    i hate fakers. i teach chemistry and these balls are a super absorbent polymer. Check here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superabsorb...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw0x79uil...
    http://science.howstuffworks.com/questio...
    this is sometimes marketed as "watersorb" (check ebay) or you can buy it in coloured bead form here:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sk...
    (my students adored them) They CANNOT be made in the method outlined here, but i guess ignorant losers have nothing better to do than pollute the web with useless crap like this and try to mislead those that are interested in finding out about the
  86. Profile photo of chem_teacher
    chem_teacher Male 40-49
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    October 14, 2009 at 7:07 am
    i hate fakers. i teach chemistry and these balls are a super absorbent polymer. Check here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superabsorb...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw0x79uil...
    http://science.howstuffworks.com/questio...
    this is sometimes marketed as "watersorb" (check ebay) or you can buy it in coloured bead form here:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sk...
    (my students adored them) They CANNOT be made in the method outlined here, but i guess ignorant losers have nothing better to do than pollute the web with useless crap like this and try to mislead those that are interested in finding out the truth

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