Aspiring Waterbenders, have you come across that video of homeboy pouring water into his mouth from a plastic bottle? You know, the one where the water turned into slushy ice instantaneously? Were you amazed by the man's seemingly magical ability? Did you chalk the trick up to wizardry? Well, our good friend science can explain how this guy did it, and if you feel so compelled, how you can do it, too.
As of this writing, the viral tweet has more than 46,000 likes and 21,000 retweets. It was posted over the weekend, but people have been doing the trick for years, with many uploading videos to YouTube. Perhaps you too can reach high levels of viral-ness by posting a video of you turning water into ice with the beautiful and wonderful powers of science.
This is how you do it:
1. Get two plastic bottles and fill one with regular tap water and the other with distilled water.
2. Put both bottles of water, one with normal tap, the other with distilled water, in the freezer.
3. Wait until the tap water bottle freezes, which should take about two-and-a-half to three hours (I know—the suspense, argh). Then, remove the distilled water bottle, which should still be liquid.
4. Gently pour the distilled water out of the bottle. As the water spills from the plastic bottle, it should turn into ice. Be careful not to squeeze too hard or the water will freeze directly in the bottle.
5. Make a video of your scientific exploits.
For more on this very important and possibly life-saving guide of how to instantly turn water into ice, check out some videos of people explaining the science behind it and showing off their Waterbending skills below.