Want to Walk on Water? This Video Will Show You How (Hint, You Need a Cement Mixer)

Step hard on this water and you'll walk. Go slow? You'll sink!

Walking on water. Sounds cool, might make your commute easier, but it isn't possible ... right?

Not exactly. In a video that's been viewed over seven million times in a week, people walk, dance, DJ and even ride their bikes on a pool full of what seems to be water.

Shot in Malaysia at an event sponsored by Mach/Hong Leong bank, the video shows how the impossible is done. The pool is filled with a non-Newtonian fluid called Ooblek -- cornstarch is mixed into the water to create eight liters of a fun, wet and bouncy material that lets the people at this party boogie down on top of a pool. 

Ooblek (yes, it's named after a Dr. Suess book), is a pressure dependent substance, akin to Silly Putty or quicksand. If you change the pressure of water (with cornstarch) you change it's thickness. So, if you tap gently on the surface, it will feel solid, but if you move your hand through it slowly, it will feel like water. The best part? You can make it at home!

Of course, unless you're a bank, you probably can't make enough to fill a swimming pool, or a bathtub. As YouTuber ky4ence notes, "And that kids is how banks work. You get a loan thinking in the hard moments in life that you could walk on water, and after you spend it paying it back is a total sink."

 

 

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