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Old 03-07-2007, 15:54
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If you mix enough custard powder and water together (not ready made stuff) it produces a substance that acts like a solid (if you punch it quickly or roll it into a ball) and also can act like a liquid (if you touch it gently it's like water).

This was shown on Braniac a while back I think - that guy ran across a swimming pool of the stuff:if you run across it quickly you won't sink (solid properties), but if you stood still in it, you would sink!

Just thought i'd share magical properties of custard
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Old 03-07-2007, 15:55
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Cornflower works too.
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Old 03-07-2007, 15:56
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The technical term is a Non-Newtonian Liquid.
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Old 03-07-2007, 15:56
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I used to play with cornflour, it amused me for hours,
such strange stuff.
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:04
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Cornflower works too.
Isn't custard made from cornflour?
Maybe not
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:08
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I used to play with cornflour, it amused me for hours,
such strange stuff.


Did you makes shapes and faces in it?
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:23
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I did'nt know you could make custard, I always get it out of a packet. Its a liquid-solid.

School/Hospital Custard - Solid as it's lumpy
Your own - Liquid
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:23
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Materials which take on a solid form when left alone yet act as a liquid when agitated are thixotropic.
I think that's a lovely word. Thixotropic
Probably explains why I remember it, seventeen years after I first encountered it, in the lab of a company where they tested gels.
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:30
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Custard is a dilatant. see the video link.
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:33
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You could pave the yellow brick road with the custard I make.
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:39
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School/Hospital Custard - Solid as it's lumpy
Your own - Liquid


Actually I usually cheat and buy the ready made stuff rather than use that Birds-type powder, you can get really nice fresh custard in the chiller section in the shops too. I'm getting hungry.
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:44
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Ive wondered the same about Jelly!
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:45
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Did you makes shapes and faces in it?

No I use to roll the bowl round and round for ages and hit the mix with a spoon

The first time I used it to make custard ( 30 years ago) I was so engrossed with my new toy that, when my then husband came home from work , there was no dinner ready let alone afters
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:45
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Actually I usually cheat .......

Don't get caught..........you could be held in custardy........

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Old 03-07-2007, 16:45
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It's a liquid because if you pour it into a container, it takes its shape. Fact.

As is treacle, syrup and jelly.
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:47
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Cornflower works too.
i loved being a nursery nurse for that sole reason
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:48
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To be serious for a minute............

Wouldn't it be a viscous liquid ?


Err, minute's up.............
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:51
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Don't get caught..........you could be held in custardy........

Lol..I was going to post that

Jon tickle was the guy who walked on custard.

At school you could roll the custard up into a ball and throw it at the ceiling, where it would stick for about 15 mins, before falling,long enough for the next class to come in.
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:52
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To be serious for a minute............

Wouldn't it be a viscous liquid ?
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Naw....its quite nice really
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:58
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I did'nt know you could make custard, I always get it out of a packet.
Yikes, I thought it was a cooking basic! The packet and powdered stuff bears no relation to egg custard. It's very easy to make and is delicious.
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Old 03-07-2007, 16:59
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You could pave the yellow brick road with the custard I make.
LMAO
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Old 03-07-2007, 17:00
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If it tastes nice when you're licking it off the skin of a sexy lady, then it doesn't really matter does it?
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Old 03-07-2007, 17:02
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Yikes, I thought it was a cooking basic! The packet and powdered stuff bears no relation to egg custard. It's very easy to make and is delicious.
Is that when you have to heat milk and cream and add sugar and vanilla extract or something? It probably tastes nicer that way but I could never be bothered to do that every time I ate it!
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Old 03-07-2007, 19:20
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What is custard actually made out of? Is it egg?
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Old 03-07-2007, 19:40
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What is custard actually made out of? Is it egg?
Real custard, or the custard Bird's created?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird's_Custard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custard
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