DSC00614 - burning man 2007 - Oobleck, a non-newtonian fluid made with cornstarch and water

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    Oobleck, a non-newtonian fluid made with cornstarch and water

    The artists who created this installation are Alex, Mary, and Max.

    Corn strarch and water (plus some optional green food coloring) creates a strange thick non-newtonian fluid called Oobleck. When stress is applied to the liquid it exhibits properties of a solid, i.e. its viscosity increases tremendously. A hammer will bounce on it, but you can sink your hand into it with no effort if you do it slowly. it's really fun to play with, and you can do the mix in your kitchen! (i discovered the strange properties of this mix when i was a kid, playing in the kitchen).

    Check this very amusing video showing what you can do with a pool filled-up with this liquid. Just like Jesus, you can walk on the liquid!

    More info on Wikipedia.

    Photo taken at the Burning Man 2007 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).

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    1. fleepy_99 ages ago | reply

      They were next door to Hex Camp, the folks with the lifesized settlers of Catan board. I posted to a Hex Camp picture to see if they could identify their neighbors for you :)

    2. Caudicinctus ages ago | reply

      Hey, followed fleepy_99 over here.
      Oobleck was at the corner of 3:30 and Freshwater

    3. a_vintagesunset ages ago | reply

      This was my camp!!!

      The artists were Alex, Mary, and Max

    4. Billy The Barber 103 months ago | reply

      Looks interesting & fun ;o)

    5. Mike Jagendorf 78 months ago | reply

      I thought photography was banned at Burning Man.... has this changed?

    6. loupiote (Old Skool) pro 78 months ago | reply


      photography has never been banned at burning man. nothing changed. you're just advised to ask for permission when you take a photo of a participant.


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