Pour Water Sideways

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Pour Water Sideways

You can defy gravity with this aqua-batic stunt.

Helpful Tip:

Make this trick even more drip-defying by using a longer piece of yarn to see how far you can pour with no spills.

How to play

  1. Wet a length of yarn (ours measures about 3  feet) and tie it to the handle of a liquid measuring cup.

  2. Fill the cup approximately two-thirds full of water.

  3. Position the yarn over the spout, then place the loose end in a drinking glass.

  4. Hold the measuring cup about 1 1/2 feet from the glass and use your free hand to pull the yarn taut over the center of the glass, as shown. Beginning slowly (you may spill a little), pour the water along the yarn. When the water begins "sticking," you can pour it more quickly.

  5. Why It Works: Water molecules like to stick together. In physics, this is called cohesion. By soaking the yarn first, you create a liquid surface for the stream of water to cling to.

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