Does Popcorn Stay POPPED in Space?

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00:00   |   Mar 29, 2019


Does Popcorn Stay POPPED in Space?
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  • Today, we're going to see what happens
  • if we take a vacuum storage bag,
  • and hook it up to a pump
  • that has way more power than a vacuum.
  • [Music]
  • Guys, I don't know
  • if you've ever seen these vacuum storage bags before.
  • I've seen commercials for them,
  • and them in stores quite a bit.
  • I've never actually used one before,
  • but I had a thought.
  • I wanted to see just how they work,
  • and if we can sort of up the ante a little bit.
  • I should point out, this is not a sponsored video.
  • I have no allegiance to this Magic Bag brand.
  • There's lots of brands out there.
  • They all work pretty much the same way.
  • These are just the ones that I bought at Walmart,
  • because I wanted to try this out.
  • Most of the time,
  • these bags work with a household vacuum
  • or a shop vacuum.
  • You put fluffy compressible things,
  • like clothing or blankets into them.
  • It's got a one-way valve.
  • Well, it occurred to me that we have some pretty
  • powerful tools around the shop.
  • Something that can pull a lot more air than just
  • a regular shop vacuum.
  • We've got vacuum pumps.
  • We've got a couple of them.
  • This one right here,
  • this is our Harvest Right vacuum pump.
  • This thing is quite powerful, I think,
  • and I wanted to see
  • if there's a difference between just using
  • our regular shop vacuum to pull air out,
  • and using our vacuum pump.
  • And then, I've got a few ideas for things
  • that we want to try putting these bags
  • that aren't exactly what the manufacturer recommends.
  • Here's the basic idea.
  • These storage bags are usually used with a household vacuum
  • to make your bedding and clothing smaller.
  • Well, we're going to try attaching it
  • to our vacuum pump to see just
  • how much air we can pull out of them.
  • To start off though,
  • we've got these ingredients over here.
  • You may recognize these
  • as the ingredients used for proto putty.
  • Proto putty is a mixture of silicon,
  • water-based activator,
  • and some corn starch to make it easier to manipulate.
  • If you haven't seen this before, we've used this several times.
  • We've got whole videos on how to make it.
  • It just becomes a sculptable rubber
  • that cures, and then,
  • it's just solid but slightly squishy rubber forever,
  • and I want to try using some
  • of that to make a seal for our vacuum pump.
  • This already pulls pretty well if I just put it on my hand,
  • or this valve right here,
  • but I want to make sure it really gets a tight seal to suck
  • out every last bit of air that we can get.
  • So let's start mixing up some proto putty.
  • [Music]
  • Now, I've got food coloring, and this serves two purposes.
  • One, it adds a little bit of color to it,
  • which is always nice.
  • But very importantly,
  • this food coloring is water-based,
  • and the silicone is activated by the water.
  • The water is a very necessary step.
  • In fact, you could use plain water with no food coloring,
  • and you'd get just sort of a translucent or clear
  • or white proto putty.
  • But we like to use the color
  • because we can see how much we're putting in,
  • and it's easy to control and it's single drops.
  • Now, if I just stir this up and let it sit for a while,
  • this will cure.
  • This will turn into a proto putty.
  • But it's immensely sticky.
  • This right now will stick to pretty much everything.
  • It's really hard to work in shape.
  • So, what we use is cornstarch.
  • You can use other things too.
  • If you wanted to use like talcum powder, baby powder,
  • which I think is mostly talcum powder,
  • you can do that as well.
  • But we use corn starch because it's cheap,
  • and it's, you know, it's edible.
  • So it's pretty safe to have around.
  • Just going to pour a bunch of that in there.
  • This will mix in.
  • It will make it a little bit more opaque.
  • But it also make it much much easier to handle,
  • and makes it less sticky,
  • and so, you have a chance to shape it.
  • Even with the cornstarch though,
  • it sometimes is helpful to just give it a little bit of time.
  • It takes some time,
  • a couple of minutes to really start curing with that water
  • mixed in, and so,
  • if it's too sticky, sometimes, the answer is more cornstarch.
  • But if you've just been mixing it for only a minute,
  • and then the answer might just be a wait a little bit.
  • And I should also warn you,
  • mixing this stuff up puts off a very strong acetic acid smell.
  • It's going to smell like vinegar,
  • way more concentrated
  • than an actual bottle of vinegar from the grocery store.
  • It's pretty strong.
  • So, good ventilation is a good idea.
  • [Music]
  • While it's coated in cornstarch, it's not going to be sticky.
  • Once all the corn starch gets mixed in,
  • it will start sticking to my gloves again.
  • There it is.
  • Just goes everywhere.
  • You know what?
  • I already have a vacuum right next to me.
  • So that's all right.
  • This doesn't actually leak much air.
  • Once it presses down, this--
  • So this brass collar actually moves up and down,
  • and once it's pressed down, it doesn't leak anymore.
  • It forms a tight seal.
  • But because we're not screwing
  • this onto a flange or a valve or anything like that,
  • it does have a little more flexibility.
  • So we're just going to throw this on just
  • to make sure we've got a nice tight seal on it.
  • Okay, we've got a couple of decently large blankets
  • and a very large bag.
  • I'm not sure
  • if I'm gonna be able to fit both of these in here,
  • but I'm going to try.
  • And we're going to see how flat they squish.
  • Just using the regular vacuum
  • before we move on to using the vacuum pump.
  • [Music]
  • I am probably exceeding the recommended
  • total amount being put into this bag right now.
  • [Music]
  • All right.
  • Now, let's see if I can seal this off properly.
  • This isn't a zipper
  • that opens one way and closes the other.
  • It is just a little tool to help you close down
  • the to zip points.
  • All right, here it goes.
  • All right.
  • I think that has stopped moving.
  • That's pretty dense.
  • I'm going to be interested to see
  • how much more this can pull out,
  • because that seems like it's pulled out quite a bit.
  • It is definitely flattered and skinnier,
  • and it may add some unintended wrinkles into things,
  • but it's for storage.
  • Not bad.
  • We've got our suction cup.
  • Should just fit nicely on there.
  • Make a nice tight seal.
  • Turn this on.
  • Certainly, suctioning well to my hand.
  • Probably just gave myself a hickey in the middle of my palm.
  • Oh, that is still getting a lot flatter.
  • That is pulling out a lot more air.
  • So I'm gonna say, yeah.
  • We've got a lot
  • more suction power that than with our regular vacuum cleaner.
  • Oh my gosh.
  • I just want to let more air back in,
  • and watch it go.
  • I'm going to try and just break the seal here,
  • open the zipper,
  • and just have all that are rush in all at once.
  • Here it goes.
  • That's fun to watch.
  • So, we know
  • that the vacuum pump pulls a lot harder than our vacuum cleaner,
  • and we've seen what it can do to a pair of blankets.
  • It shrinks them down, it's basically a board.
  • But we're not just going to do this with blankets.
  • We've got some other things we want to try this with.
  • Let's see.
  • I think first off, I have a couple marshmallows.
  • I like these ones.
  • You can eat them like an apple.
  • [Music]
  • Marshmallows make a really
  • tight seal once they smush themselves together.
  • So it's not really able to pull more after that.
  • Although, I don't think there's much air in there,
  • except inside the confines of the marshmallows themselves.
  • It's kind of just making a interesting texture there too.
  • We've seen those gel like pillows.
  • I'm just gonna give this a quick little test.
  • That's not bad.
  • It's pretty good.
  • It's also really nice for good late-night snack.
  • You just like, oh man, I could go for a marshmallow.
  • Next up, we've got about two gallons of orbeez here,
  • and we're gonna see
  • what happens if we try and vacuum these.
  • This will be interesting.
  • [Music]
  • That pulled in water pretty quick,
  • and then it started pulling in orbeez.
  • We managed to pull in some orbeez sludge
  • into our hose here.
  • Don't think they got so far
  • as to actually get into the vacuum.
  • So that didn't last very long,
  • but we do have one more thing we're going to try with that.
  • We're going to use the shop vac.
  • It's a wet dry shop vac,
  • so that gets a little bit of water in it,
  • it's not going to cause any problems.
  • It's not going to pull as hard.
  • But at least,
  • it's not going to get orbeez stuck
  • inside our nice expensive vacuum pump.
  • So let's try this.
  • Orbeez?
  • Full of water,
  • large and non-compressible.
  • Marshmallows, full of air.
  • Unfortunately, non-porous.
  • But we do have one more thing
  • that we want to try that's mostly full of air,
  • and I think is fairly porous.
  • It should smash down quite a bit.
  • We're gonna use one of our big bags again.
  • This time we're going to start with the vacuum cleaner again,
  • our shop vac,
  • just because there's a good chance
  • that some of this popcorn could get crumbled up,
  • or the air flow going out could pull lots
  • of little bits into it,
  • and that's fine with the shop vac.
  • Again, we don't want
  • that to happen to the vacuum pump,
  • but I'm hoping that after it compresses down,
  • there will be less of that dust,
  • and we can move on to using that.
  • But let's see
  • how squished it gets was just our shop vacuum.
  • This is already quite entertaining.
  • There's there's no flexibility to this at this point.
  • All-- The air has been pulled out enough that like,
  • even though this is just single popped kernels of popcorn.
  • Like there's no bending.
  • They're just pressed together so tight.
  • Listen to that.
  • That's the sound of popcorn.
  • All right, let's try and kick this up a notch,
  • and see what's going to happen.
  • Hopefully, we don't end up pulling a lot
  • of popcorn dust into our pump.
  • Here it goes.
  • I can hear all the popcorn getting crushed.
  • [Music]
  • I gotta try something.
  • This feels very sturdy,
  • much more sturdy than popcorn traditionally is.
  • That's barely...
  • Like it's not moving,
  • and it's barely making any noise, even like...
  • Wonder if you can use this to sneak your own popcorn
  • into a theater.
  • Maybe I should have used the medium sized bag.
  • Guys, popcorn does compress down a little bit.
  • All the air gets pulled out,
  • and it just becomes really immobile and rigid,
  • which I thought was pretty cool.
  • That really had a lot of strength to it.
  • I was able to stand on it, like well.
  • It didn't even seem like it was moving or shifting.
  • Guys, if you have any ideas of things you'd like to see us try
  • putting in these vacuum bags,
  • let us know down in the comments.
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  • So we're going to use the #vacuumbag.
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  • we should be able to search and find it,
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