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Aqua Sand: Sand That Never Gets Wet?



Sand that doesn't get wet?!?!?  I don't understand how this works!  It's crazy, it makes no sense, and I don't like it.  Not one bit, I tells ya!

It's magic!  Burn it!

But it probably wouldn't burn either.

So... in the interest of not stirring up a village full of torch carrying zealots, I decided to figure out what makes Aqua Sand work.



Well, after watching the video it still looks like magic to me.  Just look at all of the sparkles and the crazed, almost possessed look on those kids' faces.  And that crazy music!

So I dug a bit deeper (pun intended) to dispel this disturbing notion of the use of the black arts in a kid's toy.

 


It turns out that Aqua Sand is made by covering plain beach sand with particles of a silicon compound called trimethylhyroxysilane.  Since the grains of sand are covered with this hydrophobic material, they repel water.  When exposed to water the grains will initially float until weighed down enough to break the surface.  When it sinks it forms columns, thus reducing the surface area exposed to water.  When removed from the water it dries almost instantly and flows like dry sand again.

So... no magic.  But I'm not entirely convinced.  Just look at this kid's face:

The face of demonic possession?The face of demonic possession?

 

Want to make columns of pretty sand in water?  If so, you can look at all the various types of  Aqua Sand at Amazon! They have fun options like Aqua Sand Polar Playground (which got the best reviews overall), Aqua Sand Light-up Kingdom,  Aqua Sand Ocean Adventure, Aqua Sand Creation Kit - Mermaid, as well as your basic Aqua Sand Starter Kit. 

SEE ALSO: Floam - Possibly The Most Hated Toy Ever?


Comments
Jan 20, 2010
by Anonymous

Seriously?

Welcome to the 80's! At least, for this particular use of the invention...nothing really shows when hydrophobic sand was first invented if you just do a quick google search. But it's still pretty lame to read about it here in this way as if it's something new.

Jan 21, 2010
by J. Barker
J. Barker's picture

Well...

... It was new to me.  From what I can gather they were created for some sort of use in weighing down oil spills to make them sink... which sounds just plain bizarre to me.  And give me a break on the 80s snarky comment.  This stuff was patented in the late 1990s as far as I can tell - and not used as a toy until recently.

Jan 21, 2010
by kateweb

see kids science is fun

see kids science is fun

Jan 21, 2010
by Anonymous

New Toy?

There was definitely a similar toy in the late 80s. I remember it as well. I think the point was to make a fish tank with plastic fish and seahorses and such

Jan 21, 2010
by Anonymous

Uh, OK...

Since your source was cited as being Wikipedia I thought that perhaps you would have at least clicked on the links at the bottom of their page and seen that Wham-O sold this stuff as early as 1980 under the name "Magic Sand". Not that I expect this to be a thorough news reporting site, but your article read more like a cheesy advertisement for a new incarnation of a "toy" that's been around for some time. I guess my expectations are a bit high though. I've just seen too many articles that appear to be advertising as opposed to informational on here as time goes by and it's kind of sad.

Jan 27, 2010
by Anonymous

all i wanna know is...is

all i wanna know is...is this "sand" safe enough for fish tanks with REAL fish?

Feb 2, 2010
by John P. Barker
John P. Barker's picture

Ah...

In digging around I missed the Wham-O thing.  I stand corrected.

Feb 11, 2010
by Anonymous

Actually that was a jelly

Actually that was a jelly substance that you allowed to set for a bit and then you could put little toys in there that would stay suspended and it came with a bubble making tool which was pretty much just a turkey baster type dealy.

Feb 22, 2010
by Anonymous

aqua sand

it a fun idea for my kids

Jun 16, 2010
by Anonymous

Sup?

I am as awesome as aqua sand, just letting y'all know.

Jun 26, 2010
by Anonymous

mercury

omg
i was so scared i thought it was mercury thanks soooo much for all the imfo it is great to feel stress off your chest
!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 26, 2010
by Anonymous

mercury

omg
i was so scared i thought it was mercury thanks soooo much for all the imfo it is great to feel stress off your chest
!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 11, 2010
by Anonymous

b p spill

if it is this amazing, get it off all the store shelves and send it down to the coast, to stop the b.p. oil spill!

Jul 15, 2010
by Anonymous

STFU you anaul bitch

STFU you anaul bitch

Sep 7, 2010
by Anonymous

safe for fish

is aqua sand safe for real fish????

-JUSTIN

Jan 15, 2011
by Anonymous

is aqua sand ok with cloreen water

dose it make a difference if u use different water?

Feb 1, 2011
by Anonymous

Aqua Sand Directions

I lost the directions to the Aqua Sand. Can anyone tell me how much water to use.
Thanks.

Jun 16, 2011
by Anonymous

aqua sand

i love aqua sand

Dec 18, 2011
by Anonymous

sdsdddcsfhsdfhdf

hi

Jun 20, 2012
by Anonymous

Does not work ahh grrrr

Does not work ahh grrrr don't buy