There’s a max height that water can be sucked up a straw: 10 meters. At 10 meters, a perfect vacuum is created at the top of the straw, and water will begin boiling spontaneously.
It is possible to coat droplets of water with silica, resulting in a dry powder known as “dry water”.
Most toilets in Hong Kong are flushed with seawater in order to conserve the city’s scarce freshwater resources.
In 2013, after more than 20 years of soda being America’s number one beverage, water has taken over as Americans’ favorite drink.
Most toilets in Hong Kong are flushed with seawater in order to conserves the city’s scarce freshwater resources.
Tap water from ancient Rome likely contained up to 100 times more lead than local spring water. Some historians link fall of the Western Roman Empire to lead poisoning
Humans can hear the difference between hot and cold water being poured. This is because the viscosity of water will go down as temperature increases. As you heat water, it will have more energy and its molecules will be less likely to stick together. Less sticking together results in smaller particles and less force per impact applied to the surface being poured onto.
Saudi Arabia has used up all its groundwater and will need to import all its food. California is headed down the same path and so is China.
Liquindi, or Pygmy water drumming, is practiced by the Baka Forest People of central Africa. Tones are produced by trapping air in one’s hands and hitting the surface of the water, to create percussive musical rhythms.
We are still making scientific discoveries about water because it is so bizarre. Water ice has 15 different phases, and there is now a strange, “quasicrystal” form when the ice is only 2 molecule layers thick.