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ooblick /oo'blik/ n.
[from the Dr. Seuss title
"Bartholomew and the Oobleck"; the spelling `oobleck' is still
current in the mainstream] A bizarre semi-liquid sludge made from
cornstarch and water. Enjoyed among hackers who make batches
during playtime at parties for its amusing and extremely
non-Newtonian behavior; it pours and splatters, but resists rapid
motion like a solid and will even crack when hit by a hammer.
Often found near lasers.
Here is a field-tested ooblick recipe contributed by GLS:
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup water
- N drops of food coloring
This recipe isn't quite as non-Newtonian as a pure cornstarch
ooblick, but has an appropriately slimy feel.
Some, however, insist that the notion of an ooblick recipe
is far too mechanical, and that it is best to add the water in
small increments so that the various mixed states the cornstarch
goes through as it becomes ooblick can be grokked in
fullness by many hands. For optional ingredients of this
experience, see the "Ceremonial Chemicals" section of
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.