We got your fluid dynamics right here

First, a sort of definition:

The Kaye Effect is a property of complex liquids which was first described by the British engineer Alan Kaye in 1963.

While pouring one viscous mixture of an organic liquid onto a surface, the surface suddenly spouted an upcoming jet of liquid which merged with the downgoing one.

You probably have some suitable liquid on hand, in fact.

But you’re not likely to see anything quite like this.

(Via Bareheaded in Biloxi.)


  1. LeeAnn »

    17 July 2010 · 9:13 pm

    I’ve watched it now twice and while I don’t understand it, it’s hypnotic to see.

  2. CGHill »

    17 July 2010 · 9:20 pm

    I know just enough physics to explain it wrongly, so I’m keeping my mouth shut.

  3. Weetabix »

    19 July 2010 · 10:16 am

    The important question is, “What brand of shampoo did they use?”

  4. CGHill »

    19 July 2010 · 10:20 am

    Well, it doesn’t look like the 98-cent stuff I use.

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