Please note the headline, and don’t waste your time trying this at home

A couple of days ago I came across a video on YouTube about “Water Marbles”. I’ve inserted it below…I recommend watching it…it’s excellent!

It’s excellent because by time I had finished watching this I was both excited and confused. Confused because how could I not of heard of this experiment. Even if it was to work why were those spheres so big and uniform? Excited because I’d been looking for some good kitchen chemistry to do with my kids and this would be a great example. I couldn’t really get my head around how the observations were working but on a rushed grocery expedition prior to going into ScienceOnline2010 #scio10 this part weekend I threw everything necessary into the grocery basket to repeat the experiment.

At ScienceOnline2010 I was involved in a number of discussions, as usual, regarding data quality, curation and assertions….this being based on my experience with curating the ChemSpider database. Today I sat in on a discussion entitled “Getting the Science Right: The importance of fact checking mainstream science publications — an underappreciated and essential art — and the role scientists can and should (but often don’t) play in it – Rebecca Skloot, Sheril Kirshenbaum, and David Dobbs.” it was an interesting exchange with comments such as “newspapers and magazines don’t check facts” and the urban myth that a one minute kiss burns 26 calories while the fact is that a Hershey’s Kiss contains 26 calories.

Post ScienceOnline2010 I got home this afternoon to find my kids desperately wanting to do kitchen chemistry so, with pessimism I started to work through the experiment with them. They mixed and stirred and cooled and heated. They got to see a lot fizzing and to see crystals grow which they thought was great. It of course failed dismally as it has for many other people, including this guy, but they had a great time. In parallel I was doing some fact-checking to see whether or not to prepare them for disappointment.

There have been a lot of exchanges online about this topic of water marbles with chemists exchanging concepts about the science behind it if it did work. See here for example. The video has gone viral across many sites. Very impressive for a hoax really…and it did get me interested in doing kitchen chemistry. The truth is a lot easier though…and still good chemistry! Watch Steve Spangler in action below…

The polymer beads can be bought here.

There’s more Kitchen Chemistry to come but I think I’ll stick to some of Theodore Gray’s guidance …maybe time for some Mad Science at home

Stumble it!

89 Responses to “A Well Done Scientific Hoax Called Water Marbles”

  1. jrr says:

    So how many people are going to be trying to find “ionized” salt? I guess he meant “iodized” And I think it “loses” rather than “looses” properties.

  2. Sally says:

    Chance of something posted to YouTube by someone you’ve never heard of being true: 30%.

    Chance of truth given repeated poor grammar, spelling, or wrong terminology: 10%. What the h*ll is “ionized salt”?

    Chance of being true: 10% * 30% = 3%.

    And you went out and bought the ingredients to repeat the “experiment”. Wow.

  3. Antony Williams says:

    The mind is a wonderful thing…I didn’t even see “ionized”! I read iodized given all the other misspellings in the video.

  4. Harrison says:

    I saw this video and like a lot of other people I tried to make some ” water marbles”. The end result was a great big mess all over the kitchen. I thought that I had done something wrong and I gave up. About a month later I was at downtown with a friend. We went into a store and I saw a big vase filled with water marbles. Turned out they are a water absorbing beed that grow pretty big depending on how long you leave them in water. I reciment buying some they are really cool.

  5. Antony Williams says:

    Comment to Sally….my kids learned a lot about Kitchen Chemistry the day we repeated the experiment. They had a lot of fun mixing “stuff”, saw gas evolving, learned about safety, following process and all for naught…a failed experiment. We then went into a discussion about the quality of sources of information, how everything should be questioned, especially when on the internet, and how even GOOD science cannot always be repeated to get the same result. The outcome of all of that was a “Can we do an experiment that works next time?”. So, they are interested in doing more “kitchen mixing” and I’m looking forward to the fun. It’s not the only thing I’ve done with my kids that doesn’t turn out as promised. An expensive electronics kit for Xmas ended up spinning a very small rotor in the air and right into my son’s lip only to slice it and send blood everywhere. Not fun.

  6. Michel says:

    This is a good post about a fun little scientific hoax. With respect to some of the comments, I think we should be careful about using shortcuts for assessing and ruling on scientific validity. How do we check if a claim is true or false? Should we use the scientific method, rely on existing literature, or base it on impressions?

    Good science is not really about good grammar, spelling, or proper use of terminology. It is also not about whether the person or source is known. If the hoaxer had cleaned up his spelling and grammar, and if he had managed to publish his findings in a more reputable medium, then this would have certainly made his hoax appear more credible. However, it wouldn’t have made it any more scientific. Sadly, there are well written things I have seen in scientific journals that… But I digress.

    How do we best confront bad or dubious science claims? I like how Tony used the scientific method and critical thinking without taking short cuts. He read and explored literature. Of course, it takes time and effort to do all of this. The process is a great teaching tool but it is long. The mainstream world doesn’t seem to have time for long things. It is full of sound bites, short claims, and equally short counterclaims. Did the discussion about “Getting Science Right” come to any recommendations?

  7. Antony Williams says:

    Something written well, without spelling errors and full of scientific language can just as easily be a hoax. But how many people would notice. Check out this one: http://www.nature.com/cdd/journal/v12/n4/pdf/4401614a.pdf

  8. michelle says:

    Oh my.. i tried this.. and .. didn’t even think to look at the video comments, i was super excited to try it.. and it looked odd, i put the vineger and baking soda together in the freezer.. 10mins later took it out and had the calcium and salt sitting in the pot and added the water mixture and boiled it… nothing dissolved and nothing happened.. after the 7min boiling.. nothing happened, i was starting at the mess thinking what went wrong.. after went on the computer to do some research and/ huzzah!.. a hoax :(

    this is disappointing, but still cool .I wish the video just said it was water marbles, because a lot of people are just getting screwed over ;p

  9. MN SEO says:

    HAH! Ionized is that like annondized?

    I don’t think anyone is getting “Screwed over” If you feel like you were though perhaps you should ask for your money back! lol

  10. ed says:

    just put glycerin in the beaker and any glassy transparnt thing dissapears

  11. Crystal Waters says:

    I am definitely going to be trying this out with my kids. Very neat!

  12. Aimee Berrett says:

    so the people who made the first video, what were they thinking? I mean really? How would all those random things mixed together make these water marbles? hahaha!

  13. Dee says:

    I’m surprised the lyrics of the song didn’t clue anyone in.

  14. Anna Marie says:

    I think they meant iodized salt….and they misspelled vinegar…

  15. Shellie says:

    Rip apart a diaper and collect the powder. This powder will expand when salt water is added to it. Great way to illustrate polymers in action.

  16. Stephanie says:

    These have been around for years… amd you can buy them at any craft store or floral shop… My sister and I hydrated a bunch of colored ones and put them in decorative bottles for halloween props.

  17. Meggan says:

    Funny thing is….you can buy these at the craft store or even the dollar tree for a dollar….

  18. Shannon says:

    Well said Michael…I keep explaining to my kids that science should answer a question; and if it’s a good experiment the results should be reproducible…We’ve seen some experiements that were hoaxes, they enjoyed doing them, but also learned that while sometimes you don’t get the results that you expected, but you can still learn something…

  19. Krisi says:

    These are the water bullets for the kids toy guns, my nephew has a bunch of blue ones.

  20. Erica says:

    I would hope that the number of misspelled words would be a tip-off that it maybe wasn’t legit….

  21. Alison says:

    There is also an urban legend/hoax that says that you can take mountain dew, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make it glow in the dark. Millions of moms are pinning it on Pinterest, much likely to the dismay of many children.

  22. Reb says:

    i got more of a kick from the comments. hardly anyone spell checks any more – so that’s not much of a clue and when he wrote ionized salt the first time the can of iodized salt was right behind the word. Alison I have pinned the mountain dew idea, thanks for the heads up. One year when they had 7-up on sale for 33 cents each we bought them for the neighbor gifts. But my kids discovered that if the bottles were really cold (almost freezing) and you shake the bottle a lot then throw said bottle on to the road it will explode and go twirling down the street like a firework. No other chemicals needed. We just had to go and buy new neighbor gifts the Christmas.

  23. Katie says:

    Ha! This article is running rampant on Pinterest. People keep repinning it without reading the article. Everyone thinks they can “easily make ‘water marbles’ by freezing and boiling household ingredients.” LOL!

  24. dbp says:

    This will be a great classroom lesson on Internet reliability and looking for “flags” that it might be a hoax. Question everything!

  25. Sueskimo says:

    we use these in our school science shows both for set dressing and for exploring materials ( and of course feeling.) The clear ones “disappear” in water which is pretty amazing and the kids love putting their hands into a container of them.

  26. AK says:

    VinEgar, IODISED here or IODIZED salt if you’re American! So, does this actually work? I can’t be arsed trying it out to see… A written list of ingredients would be good.

  27. Erin says:

    Hey, all you wonderful know-it–alls, “ionized” salt is a real thing. Salt is NaCl, and naturally dissociates in water, into it’s IONS, Na+ and Cl-. So, ionized salt is table salt mixed with water. Since water is polar, it pulls the atoms of salt apart. Misspelled words aside, please do your research before you teach your kids the wrong thing.

  28. abby says:

    They do actually sell these water bubble thigns to water your plants. a coworker has pink ones sitting in her plants on her desk right now.

  29. Debbie says:

    When I saw the photo, it reminded me of last summer’s camp when we used a kit and ‘grew crystals’. They were the water beads. The kids had a blast playing with them, but we also had to grow ‘real’ crystals. I bought more water beads this year for Sensory play at preschool. Has anyone tried the glow in the dark writing with Mountain Dew that is all over Pinterest? One of my moms said it didn’t work. Wondered if someone with a Science/Chem background could figure out a way to do it so it WOULD work. Thanks for any help.

  30. Kay says:

    I think it’s fantastic that Antony used the “failed” experiment as a teaching moment about so much more than just this one experiment gone wrong. That right there is excellent teaching/parenting and fuels the kids to want to learn more instead of bash the outcome and not be interested in trying something else in the future. The way I see it, this was a successful experiment with a positive result.

  31. A Chemist & Mother says:

    So I found this on pinterst and now have read all the comments and need to add one of my own. (even though the original post is a couple years old)

    table salt is an ionic compound made up of two charged particles with does dissociate in water to create a “ionized solution” or “ionized water” and salt is a generic term used to describe any ionic pair, such as NaCl or KCl or many others.

    As someone stated above, correct spelling, grammar and punctuation does not make it more ‘scientific’ or accurate.

    There are NO FAILED EXPERIMENTS!!!!
    Experiments are a way to obtain answers to a question. You might not have gotten the answer you wanted or expected, but you still got an answer.
    It takes a brave person to try something new and an even braver person to write about it on the internet. I commend you for teaching you children about science and learning all that you could from this experience.

  32. Cookie says:

    If you look closely at the Tupperware at the end, you can see the beads in the water. My husband and I saw these months ago at JoAnn Fabrics and were amazed at how they “disappeared” in the water. My question is, why on earth would someone lie like that? Disappointing.

  33. Bonnie says:

    I feel sorry for all of you that have made fun of his spelling. Look it up in the dictionary. There is such a word as ionized. Petty, petty, petty.

  34. dawn says:

    it is the process that is fun and educational … not the finished product

  35. m says:

    DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT DOES NOT WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Angela Watts says:

    I adore water beads. Sadly I’ve been purchasing hem from JoAnns crafts for years. They also sell them for a kids gun that shoots them as well as a girls craft toy set (which now includes a scented type). They are fabulous fun and amusing as anything. Sad that someone made the choice to make a fake science video about it. My first gut instinct as a chemist is that perfectly circular item is unlikely from those ingredients….

  37. jmf says:

    a kid in my 3rd graders class brought these in. they do nothing, but the kids were fascinated with them! simple and easy is always a good thing. after watching my kids tune all else out while zeroing in on hi-tech toys, it was really neat to watch my 9yr. old proud of his find, amazed by tiny clear squeshy beads that do nothing but float in water.
    oh, and what’s up with all the meanies on here? insulting the poster because of poor grammar and whatever all the other mean comments were? if you have nothing nice to add, just go away. Have a great day folks :)

  38. heatherf says:

    I found the Pinterest link, watched the video, read the comments and am just fascinated. The hoax is pretty neat, the teaching opportunity about source checking is a great point. Thanks!

  39. Mark Cater says:

    Again the old adage come true rearing it’s ugly head, “if it sounds to good to be true..,.”. It was an amusing video, and it had me contemplating the experiment with my kids as well, thanks to all who posted, but the are NO FAILED EXPERIMENTS, all experiments are educational.

  40. Danielle says:

    Dude … Written instructions would be nice …

  41. Anna says:

    The beads have the same index of refraction as water — that’s why they look invisible in it. But it’s funny what people will buy because it’s Science ….

  42. Terra says:

    @Sally, there’s a reason it’s called an ‘experiment’ ;)

  43. D says:

    Do u add the 1/2 cup salt twice?

  44. Me says:

    Can you use regular salt?

  45. Heather M says:

    I am an avid pinner as well as a chemical engineer. I see stuff come up like this all the time and I love to research it a bit to get the facts. It is sad that someone decided to try to mislead people on purpose! Many pincers are teacher or parents who are looking for ways to interact with their children as opposed to plopping them down in front of a TV. How dare those parents look for creative ways to engage their children!!
    The water beads can be bought at Dollar Stores, craft stores, Hallmark, many florists, etc. They are being marketed as Orbeez toys for kids (boy version came out recently). Also, diapers contain the same beads, but they are not always round or uniform. There are many options to hydrate these besides plain water. Fragrance is a fun choice, as is dyed water.
    The pin idea using the Mountain Dew may not be true, but you can do many similar things. Tonic water glows under a black light, and makes a fun party decoration. Also, you can use fluorescent highlighter ink (take the reservoir out of it, soak it in a gallon of water or so, then use the resulting water to hydrate your water beads.

  46. hartyk says:

    the Mountain Dew thing works but under UV light (Black light)

  47. Leslie says:

    It’s calles Super Absorbent Product or SAP. Same stuff that is in Diapers.

  48. Ang says:

    After reading all the comments, I went to watch the video. That is when I noticed the label on the container of iodized salt. The sad thing is everyone made fun of this person who made the video for his so-called incorrect spelling of iodized salt. If you had looked at the label on the container in the video, you would’ve noticed a few things, such as : the brand name , Great Value, which is Superstore brand; and the picture of the salt shaker that we find most commonly on a table either in our kitchens, or in restaurants. I know a few people have already made this correction to the naysayers, but I was always reminded to “watch and learn” . “Eyes opened, mouths closed” ;-) With that being said, I am going to happily make this little project with my six yr old son. yeehaw!:-)

  49. "Pokey" says:

    I came here from Pinterest! I saw this pinned with some caption junk about “Such an easy experiment” “so neat” “Science at home” etc! And in disbelief, I clicked the link. It is ESPECIALLY funny that people are pinning THIS link! Not even the hoax link! They are pinning a link to a post that clearly indicates it’s fake even in the title! Honestly, it’s like people troll themselves at Pinterest!

  50. Jo says:

    Just a query…. as I have not yet tried the experiment and am now reluctant to as it seems to fail… however why does it tell you to create sodium acetate and then later after you remove it from the freezer you are adding CALCIUM acetate to CALCIUM bicarbonate? either the name or the ingredient could cause a fundamental error in the result?!

  51. Celeste says:

    I think Antony did a fantastic job taking it beyond the fact that the said experiment did not meet the expected outcome and went on to show them that there is so much more to learn from any simple hypothesis. I also think it’s funny that all the rude people that were making fun of everyone’s spelling and grammar had a lot of errors themselves.
    There are a lot of other great kitchen chemistry ideas and all sorts of great learning activities besides this one. Glad to learn it’s a hoax.
    Even if this video was a hoax, they were still picking the marbles up out of the water, and dropping them back in, turning back into water. that means there has to be a way to make it; though, it may take more ingredients than you may find in a kitchen!

  52. mary says:

    to bad…..I thought it looked like fun….if it doesn’t work I am not even going to try it……I don’t like hoax…waste of time and money…..

  53. Karla says:

    I just realized I have spent 20 minutes doing nothing but reading comments on this page. Lol. I like trying new experiments but thankful when others try the fake ones first. I posted the mt.dew experiment in Fb and told my friends I wasn’t brave enough to try it. A few tried it for me and said it didn’t work.

  54. Nina says:

    Wow, as many others didn’t even watch the video or read the article entirely but rather got caught up in the comments thread. It is mind blowing how the Internet is such a powerful tool, it can be totally helpful and at the same time extremely harmful. I’m not sure what’s worse, the amount of misleading and unchecked information, the amazing amount of people who don’t even bother trying to learn to spell, or even check spelling anymore (even when there are programs that do it for you easily!) or the violence hidden behind some comments, with things said in a very rude and judgemental way when they could be said with a totally different “tone”.
    Like many, I agree that there is no such thing as a “failed experiment”, it’s trial and error what has brought science over the years to come to amazing discoveries, some even by mistake, trying to do something else… And it does seem like a great opportunity to teach children A LOT of things, not just about “science” per se, but also about the use of Internet as a TOOL. When taught/helped to select information, really think about it, check sources, do real research…. really DEAL with the information that can be found, it is amazing how can it make a world of difference. Social networks, e-mailing, search engines, online books and articles, explanatory videos, they can all be marvelous learning tools when used right.

  55. Amanda says:

    OMG…..I don’t understand why half of the ppl posting on here don’t have a life seriously your gonna talk crap bc of spelling wow it’s amazing how many DB’s r out there. This is suppose to be a fun experiment you can do with your kids if your gonna cry about it then that sounds like a personal problem and no one made you try this so if it didn’t work out boo hoo find something else to try and shut up :)

  56. Nicola says:

    I just bought them from the dollar store. They are used to give plants a constant source of water and will absorb colours (Like food colouring) . I play with them for sensory play with my toddler, they are environmentally friendly and alot of fun. I can’t speak for making them at home but they ARE real and are available. They do disappear in water it is a great project for children and adults alike.

  57. Julie Gintzler says:

    Thank you for setting the record straight regarding Jelly Marbles and for making reference to our website, Antony. While the internet is a great place to share information, you have proven that we must regard what we view with a discerning eye. Unfortunately, there are those who like to play pranks and call it “science.” Case in point, the glowing mountain dew hoax and the one you just reported above. Thanks to you, more people will be aware that the hydrophilic spheres, we call Jelly Marbles, are not made with sodium acetate and vinegar. They are, in fact, super absorbing polymers that happen to have the same light refraction properties as water. Which is why they seem to disappear in water. Kudos to those who are doing science at home, and for those looking to do more kitchen chemistry, feel free to check out the hundreds of proven science experiments at http://www.SteveSpanglerScience.com/experiments.

  58. MeNotYou says:

    Dumb asses.

    http://mhwiki.hitgrab.com/wiki/index.php/Crafting_Items#Ionized_Salt

  59. H20 says:

    I did question the validity of the the experiment when searching out calcium bicarbonate and read that it is a liquid not a solid, but is shown in the video as a solid. Spelling-shmelling.

    What fun though. I need to find the water absorbing beads.

  60. Nichole says:

    Love that this is being passed around on Pinterest with a link pointing here saying, “Crazy how a few kitchen ingredients will make these. Weird, I can’t wait to try. Science party? THiS is COOL!” haha

  61. Carissa says:

    My daughter likes these. We bought them at Target and Walmart, they’re called Orbeez. Just take a look in the kids toy aisle. I’ve also found some similar packages at the dollar tree.

  62. stefanie says:

    With all due respect…may I remind all of you that Einstein was a less than perfect speller, as well as lax in punctuation. And was at times so absentminded as to lose commonplace objects, such as keys, glasses etc. Yet was one of the most brilliant minds this world has ever known.

  63. estaQ says:

    Well I really wanted to get some of these, the bigger ones, to use in my greenhouse for rooting cuttings. I heard the other day the “toy” ones, which I have not been able to find, have been pulled from shelves due to injury to children. The problem is they are easily ingested in the dry or “slightly” rehydrated form, and they then continue to enlarge, larger than a baby’s intestine. Some kids had surgery to remove them before they caused dissection, but how could you possibly keep tabs on a handful of little tiny balls before hydrating them, let alone once they become slippery and impossible to control?

    NICOLA I hope you will think twice about letting your toddler play with these, though I commend you for your attitude about engaging your child, and knowing that tactile play is very important in a baby’s development.

    I keep imagining what would happen if a well meaning mom counted the pieces they started with, didn’t notice one of the wet balls bouncing under the couch, it drying out and later getting vacuumed up; what would happen if she was *sure* one must have been swallowed???

    I still want some of the solid large balls for rooting plants, though. Better get busy tracking them down… I am pretty sure the original polymer ground powder that you mix in with soil, is still available, but it’s just not the same. =^C

  64. Melanie Stevens says:

    The beads have the same refractive index as water. Any object that has the same refractive index as water will seem to disappear.

  65. Julie says:

    Great project to snow my grandkids. Is it harmful to little kids ?: very nice web page.

  66. C Marie says:

    Comment and vinegar not spelled correctly. Cool ideas

  67. vikki says:

    The easy way to do this is to go to Walmart and buy the dry pack of these little gems (they are located in the silk flower isle near the marbles used in floral arrangements) and add water to them to make them grow and soften they are cheap and fun and the easiest way to do this ;)

  68. Tiffany says:

    As the last lady said Orbeez. A children’s you. They take 2 hrs in a cup of water and they are ready to go. Even when you google it these show up with their name. And cost nothing.

  69. Ree says:

    Water? You just mixed together salt, baking soda, vinegar and you got “water” out of it? Interesting.

  70. I says:

    What a scam! So fake! I tried it, and after I let it sit, it was just salty vinegar. DO NOT waste your time doing this.

  71. Stephanie says:

    this is the crappiest video I have ever seen. There are no measurements, making it nearly impossible to actually do. Worthless, don’t waste your supplies trying it this way

  72. Laurie says:

    So we know it is a fake but the water balls are a cute item with limited but fun play.

    That said .. most garden supply stores have the dry water crystals for helping to hold moisture in your plants. They are a bit jagged looking when fully rehydrated. These are not cheap but I am going to tell you of something you CAN do with them fun and wonderfully smelly!!

    Moisture Crystals can be found in small packets and pricey big containers. Start small and if you have fun then go big.

    When rehydrating the crystals add food coloring & Essential Oils/Fragrance to a small tablespoon or 2 and let sit to soak for several hours. One small spoon full will grow ALOT so start very small and let them fully hydrate!!!! I adjust the scent after draining and before I drop them into the mason jars.

    Put the now “Smelly Jelly” into small (I use pint) mason jars. Cover with lace and the ring cover so the scent can come out. Use the mason jar lid to seal it when not in use and add water when it starts to dry out. Paint & decorate as you want.

    These were popular gifts back in the 70′s and 80′s .. I really don’t know anyone making them often now.

    Will work as an air freshener for quite awhile. Make nice gifts. Will last for 6-12 months and then just make new ones. Note: Cinnamon Essential Oil (EO) actually dissolves the jellies into mush fairly quickly(ugly sticky mess!) so I wouldn’t use it again but I have used many other types of EOs and they work nicely. I am allergic to chemical fragrances personally but most of you can use any scent that is a pleasure to you. Smelly Jellies are quick, easy, and fun to watch grow.

    When used up/old I usually rinse/wash the crystals very good hoping I can toss into garden compost for continued usage. But remember to check on whatever scent/EO you used before reusing in your garden area! Be smart and be safe.

    Hope that gives you a science experiment which will be fun and a nice gift too!! The Granny Geek – Laurie

  73. Antony Williams says:

    This is ALL fake….I am not sure that anyone is reading the original post I put up. Its as fake as this one: http://www.chemconnector.com/2013/03/31/kitchen-chemistry-with-my-kids-and-the-fun-of-the-bemews-reaction/

  74. Jan says:

    I tried this with my granddaughter! First the directions in the Video are terrible! Thanks to who ever put this up! You made my granddaughter cry! ” it’s not working Nana!

  75. Melanie DeSouto says:

    Ever since I’ve discovered Pinterest, I can’t help but feel my science teachers failed me. I have done so many cool experiments with my kids because of all the awesome pins on here. Your video is so easy to follow with the instuctions popping up right on the screen, I absolutely loved the music. THANKYOU

  76. rose says:

    so to get colored ones…do you drop them in food color?

  77. Janet says:

    The “experiment” may not have worked, but what an opportunity to teach critical thinking! The lack of a laboratory setting was not a tipoff. After all, the poster was trying to convince everyone that they could make water marbles in their own kitchen, and familiar brands only add to the charade. It just didn’t create enough suspension of disbelief to seem remotely plausible to me. When you examine the ingredients used, well, it just can’t work. Hats off to the posters of this video. I think the REAL experiment was to see how gullible the public is.

  78. Michelle says:

    I hate to see anyone duped. That being said, I too think this is good for critical thinking, and seperating fiction from fact. Studens I’ve worked with, including my own children, have been quite facinated by the principles of polymers by their own right and have had no issue accepting the fact that they are made in factories. Of course they would love to make their own, but being able to buy them at Walmart in the silk flower/craft department in several colors.has eliminated much of the stress of “where” to find them. We now comcentrate on their uses such as cleani.g up oil spills in the ocean or as air fresheners or dehumidifiers.

  79. MARNIE says:

    IF THIS IS A HOAX I THINK IT IS SO COOL ! i am going to try it! it makes me laugh its so cool!

  80. Sarine says:

    Can we just use regular salt ?

  81. Susan Richardson says:

    Hi Sarine. This experiment is a hoax, and won’t work whatever type of salt you use. Sorry for the confusion – it seems like someone pinned this blog post on Pinterest as being instructions for this experiment, when the post is actually trying to point out that the experiment is a (rather clever) hoax.

  82. Anita says:

    OMG YOU JERK MY DAUGHTER WAS SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THIS AND YOU LIED ABOUT IT, and if you don’t have anything better to do but this you must be a big LOSER you weird freak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- Abby BRUCK

  83. Gemma says:

    So many people who don’t read then start name calling… Anita I’m looking at you. Pathetic.

  84. Sarah says:

    could somebody please tell me what calcium bicarbinate is and how to make it

  85. Passerby says:

    What’s hilarious is people are linking to this on Pintrest, with the link pointing back to this page, and the description stating that it totally works. Wtf.

  86. Danae says:

    OMG,You didn’t had hear about them??!! When I saw the video at the first time*Here,Obviously* I thought “I think this looks fake,Maybe she just bought them” because it “has gotten” so shaped A 6 years ago when I was like 8 years old in my school were selling them,They had gotten really popular in that time. I had some of these but with forms,The water had evaporated in the cup and then the jelly-forms burned off with the sun and got small. The other ones with ball form had gotten way too “jelly” and they started to fall apart.
    I’m here because in Pinterest it says that this works ¿?. Anyway this is a good post to say that this didn’t had turned out. *Sorry for the grammar mistakes*

  87. Holly says:

    I’m confused, how do you get them to shape? Do you mold them or do they just form into little marble like balls? And what about the square ones?

  88. Destiny says:

    i bought them before, but i never tried making them! it sounds easy, but its not always what it looks like! i was only four so i took them out of the water and left it out of it for a few days and they just got hard and tiny and dried up!!! i was so sad!:( but now i wanna try it! some of the comments here make me think i cant do it but i will still try!!!:D WISH ME LOOOTTTSSS OF LUCK!!! thanks!:)

  89. Destiny says:

    i dont think it could be done that fast!!! FAST PHOTOGRAPHY??? I AM ONLY ELEVEN AND my little baby one year old brother is such a pain!!! U GUYS, ANY OF U EVER EXPERIENCED THIS HORRIBLE TIME BEFORE???!!!