I can’t help but laugh when I watch these CGI silly putty creatures fall down and smack the ground and then have their buddy fall down on top of them and smack them and have another buddy fall down on both of them and smack them and then have them all sort of melt together in some sort of viscous congealed gooey mess.
Magnetic silly putty, neodymium magnets, and time-lapse. Always a winning combination.
Think Silly Putty is just fun and games? Not always! Just watch this magnetic putty completely devour a rare-earth magnet. It's not as instantaneous as this time-lapse video makes it seem but it still ends up engulfing the entire magnet.
Ever seen The Blob? This is sort of like that – only the blob doing the absorbing is a ball of putty, infused with millions of micron-sized ferromagnetic particles. The putty is nothing special on its own, but watch what happens when you stick it next to a powerful neodymium iron boron magnet.
We've got 3DTVs, surround-sound speakers and motion-scanning video game controllers, but there's one thing still missing from a truly immersive virtual-reality experience: smell.
This automagically morphing blob of Silly Putty is based in science, silly, not witchcraft.
Shall we open with an ironic reference to Terminator 2? Best not. That's the easy option, especially when dealing with lumps of metallic ooze that seem able to alter their shape in response to their surroundings.