Smithsonian: Hey Fellow Kids, This Is How You Flip a Water Bottle
New paper by undergrads illuminates the physics behind the Water Bottle Challenge
In 2016, the youth of America were obsessed with this one cool trick: the water-bottle challenge. The concept is simple, but it’s easier said than done. Just flip a full or half-empty plastic water bottle so it lands upright. Kids around the country chronicled their successes and failures on YouTube while the crinkling of tossed water bottles drove their parents crazy. The craze may have faded, but the physics still remains. That’s why, reports Mindy Weisberger at LiveScience, a group of young researchers recently published an article demonstrating how to land a water bottle every single time.
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CSN Editor: A lot of physics in play.