Recently, I saw a video on Facebook from a person identified as Cathy Thomas. In the video, the moderator demonstrated supposedly normal bottled water that they claimed was purchased at Walmart under the Trade name “Arrowhead Water”. In the video, seemingly normal bottled water is poured out and right before your very eyes changes physical state into something the moderator and a woman assistant call things like gel, and plastic-like. They maintain that it is not ice.
Now, if in fact, they purchased water that turned into a rubbery gel, I hope they seek medical help and an attorney if they were harmed. However, if this is the simple science trick that I am going to teach you about, then in my humble opinion, this video has defamed both Walmart and Arrowhead Water, (a very, very fine company I once worked for). Below is the video in question.
There are a few ways to make “water gel” but they all involve either blending pure water with frozen tap water, or supercooling water to a bit lower than normal freezing temperatures, and then gently letting it hit the atmosphere, or breaking the surface by touching it. Have you ever had a slush drink? They do it by supercooling the drink but making slush by constantly keeping the drink particles in motion. If not for the rolling motion, the drink would most likely turn into solid ice. Super-cooling! This is why these things give you brain freezes.
Next you will find a few links that demonstrate how you too can turn water into “gel”.This videos cast great doubt into the reality of Cathy Thomas’s claims and hint instead at poor behavior, and a lack of personal responsibility. As the world’s leading water expert, I jump on garbage like this as soon as I see it. By the way, hats off to Grant Thompson for making a very nice water video.