Science-- or Should I Say SLIMEnce?
No, no I should not.
Essentially, by combining guar gum and borax you can create slime. If that’s all you want to know, that’s okay. Usually, these names are not found on packaging, but by their scientific names. Guar gum is also known as polysaccharide, and borax is called sodium borate. This is why some people use eye drops as part of their slime solution. Eyedrops have sodium borate, which when mixed with glue (and occasionally baking soda) creates slime! The other option is borax, which can every so often be harmful when touched in powder form. There is much more about this, but it can get extremely confusing, so I’ll just stick to that.
Slime is a non-Newtonian fluid. This means that it’s viscosity (how hard it is to be poured, or how thick it is) can be affected by factors other than temperature. For instance, water is a Newtonian fluid, since it becomes ice and water vapor according to the temperature. Although oobleck is non-Newtonian as its viscosity changes when stress is applied.
There are two types of non-Newtonian fluids, shear thinning and shear thickening. Slime is considered to be shear thickening. This means that under stress, the substance thickens. That is why when pulled slowly, the slime stays intact; why stretched quickly, it will break.
Honey has a higher viscosity than vinegar, and that's why it's thicker
Slime in Current Time
There are over two million posts on instagram with the hashtag slime. There are tons of people selling slime-- that are children. The popularity of slime is increasing day by day, but why?
Nobody would watch someone play with slime just for the fun of it. They have to have a reason! That reason is called ASMR. ASMR is basically a feeling that you get when something (in slimes case) sounds satisfying. That is mostly the reason behind why people want to watch slime videos, as well as other satisfying video compilations.
There is so much slime, but where is it coming from? There are tons of slime businesses, whether it be your own, or someone you are buying from. Many slime business owners have been selling slime for around a 200% markup, and sometimes more! There is a wide range of slimes, and so many different recipes, that people just can get enough of! There is normal slime, fluffy slime, jiggly slime, butter slime, floam, and an abundance of others. There are also different “slime activators” like, borax, baking soda +contact solution, detergent, and many other things that you wouldn’t think to put in slime, so why wouldn’t you want to try making your own, or try making different recipes?
Why Slime is Changing the World
Slime is everyone’s new obsession (unless you are a parent), and it’s for a reason. Slime is a science experiment that isn’t boring. Kids actually want to make it, so they might as well learn about it in the process. So that’s it about slime, it’s made to have a good time.