Whee!: Jumping In A Pool Full Of Water-Balls

August 17, 2016

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These are two videos from engineer Jack Rober and backyard scientist The Backyard Scientist of a pool filled with 25-million of those super-absorbent Orbeez balls that grow to 100 times their initial size when soaked in water. The first video was made to test how far a person will sink if they jump in a pool full of these things, and the second video is eight more experiments including exploding dry ice and shooting fireworks in the Orbeez pool. I need to make friends with these two. Clearly these guys know how to spend a weekend. Maybe I can bring something to the group dynamic. And if that something happens to be a case of beer and a lot of yelling, well, they'll probably abandon me like all my friends in the past. It's cool, I'm used to it. I want people to like me just the way I am. "You're insufferable." Ahahahahahaha, wait -- did we used to date?

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  • Forblat

    DON'T DIVE INTO SHALLOW POOLS. DON'T LET KIDS DO IT. ARGH.

    I don't care if the stopping length is shorter, that is how you get spinals.

  • Hazakabammer

    How do waterballs handle oily liquids?

  • scott19

    Its interesting how in the first video he bravely recorded himself talking right after peeing his pants. I salute you sir! (@0:12 and throughout)

  • MustacheHam

    That's cool, it's basically a jelly ball pit.

  • The_Wretched

    So if a kid swims down, will he be able to swim back up?

  • Jenness

    I wondered that too, one segment it looked like one of the kids got stuck a bit

  • scott19

    They had a lady with a rescue rope that I saw hauling out some kid in the background.

  • Jason Christopher

    I've never heard of these things before, but this looks like a lot of fun.

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