Watch This Fluid Boil And Freeze At The Same Time Because Science [Video]


viral video, science

If I told you that under certain conditions, a liquid could both boil and freeze at the time time, you’d probably tell me I’m crazy. I would retort:

science bitch

Watch the video above. It’s unbelievable, sure, but it’s real. In it, an unknown liquid takes turns boiling and freezing because of evaporation and pressure or something. Here’s the explanation:

“Evacuating a sample of unknown fluid (to vaporize for mass spectrometry). Pressure drop causes a decrease in temperature. The fluid simultaneously both boils and freezes? Would like some insight here…”

Published on March 30 by Tom Enstone, the video is going viral on YouTube today with over 200,000 hits as of publishing time. It is also listed as the top most popular video on the site worldwide.

Next to it on the list is the clip of Wil Wheaton telling a girl not to feel bad about being a nerd and to stay strong in her nerd love until “it gets better” for her as an adult. All in all, it’s a pretty good day on the Internet to be a science-loving nerd.

Check out the video of the liquid freezing and boiling at the same time above, and let us know what you think in the comments. If there are any science-minded chemists out there who can explain what kind of chemical this is (and under what circumstances it would do this) feel free to leave your symposium on this scientific phenomenon below!


Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.

0 Comments

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.