Chinese Spouting Bowl in Slow Motion

The Slow Mo Guys: Chinese Spouting Bowl in Slow Motion

Dan bought a Chinese Spouting Bowl. Gav filmed the bowl. It made me thirsty. 

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  • Rozenxhia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 days ago

    Are you guys going to take a video of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21st? That'd be badass.

  • Sugarfire FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold LurkQueen

    1 week ago

    Those water drops going up is my Zen spot.  Nice nature sounds, that on my screen... I could blank out to that for hours. 

  • tecme4 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    GREAT VID!!! I cant believe they didn't add food coloring to the water tho... :( 

    • PhantomAC FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Not Otaku, Just Nerd

      1 week ago

      He'd have to buy three. Water, water with food coloring,.. and Jell-O.

  • PipBull FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Sooo pretty (and I'm not just talking about Gav and Dan). Also i love the contrast of the incredibly majestic/gorgeous images and the voice-over of two English blokes 'that's nice isn't it?' 'that's gone flying!'

  • OtherwiseSix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Change the thumbnail.


  • AtomPlane FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I'm trying to figure out what the tiny droplets are reflecting at 3:43. I think it's tiny distorted reflections of Dans hand

  • rooneyrunes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Real interesting!  I'd never heard of spouting bowls before this.  Definitely curious now to look up the history behind it.

    • GinjaNinja23 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      Not sure what it was actually used for, but I imagine it would be useful for cleaning things with fine grooves or edges that are hard to clean by just scrubbing, like jewelery. It looks like it works like a manual version of the ultrasonic cleaners they have in jewelery shops and optical labs for cleaning glasses, those are just sound in water (like this bowl) and they work great for loosening all the crud that gets caked on to frames or gem settings. I might be way off the mark, but that's the only practical use I can think of for something like this.

    • GinjaNinja23 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      Nope, never mind, just googed it. It was just a toy for socialites. A status symbol, though they thought it could prolong life. I liked my theory better though ;-p

  • icedjaguar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Did anyone else just get really thirsty?

  • Treanomaly Actively inactive

    1 week ago

    That close up of the water droplets made me think of the bubbles screen saver, if they made it look good.

    • jennifernat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      I'd buy one of those screensaver DVDs of a montage of Slo Mo Guys stuff in a heartbeat.

  • ShawnSki FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bafook

    1 week ago

    Well, that was lovely.

  • UltimateZanburr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    you should put corn starch in it ad se what happens 

  • sherlock633 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    When is Dan going to be a full time part of RT? Isn't he moving to Austin? I want more Dan Damnit!

  • Justin-Thadick FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    such an awesome bowl. Those chinese know whats good

    • Genek818 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      And now we associate 'Made in China' with poor quality... 

  • DungusMcBrungus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Gavin, this video looked fucking INCREDIBLE. You should be proud of your talents, I have loads of respect for your cinematography


    And obviously Dan as well, you're both fantastic

  • beastdude FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rock god in training

    1 week ago

    Does it only work with water, and if not, then I think a revisit would be cool to see what affects other liquids would have. I keep thinking of honey, but other stuff like oil, lubricant, water and cornflour mixture, jelly that's been setting over night, etc.

    • Gildarts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold That Guy

      1 week ago

      It would have to be a liquid with a viscosity similar to water or be thinner. Honey is too thick and requires more energy to make the ripples.  As for the rest of your suggestions: oil and lubricant would behave the same as water(shown in the video) while jelly would merely shake though possibly ripping in places. Cornflour mixture, which I assume you mean the stuff that is liquid until you slap it and it hardens, that is probably to thick overall, but also require too much energy to harden relative to what's happening here. Now if you meant powder cornflour or mixed with water etc. then the powder likely would just settle in the bowl while the mixture with a liquid would be again depend on the viscosity and achieve better results as it gets to be like water.


      It isn't that you can't get the same results with thicker liquids just that you need more input energy and another setup(i.e. not THAT bowl). That bowl is designed to work with the resonance frequency of water. That being said you would also need to do it with larger quantities of those thicker liquids to get a video of more than just an instant splatter which means filming from farther away. What I mean is that due to the requirements of getting thicker liquids to have the same effect you can treat them like a point particle. Simply put, from a physics standpoint you can simplify any force diagram by saying that the object is being viewed from an extreme distance. In which case a tiny atom's movement can be viewed as the same as the Earth's just in a smaller scale of units. So as the camera moves further away as required by the experiments you suggested the results end up looking no different from the one done with water. At least with Newtonian fluids. Non-Newtonian fluids would be a different thing altogether(and I have no idea how that would go).

  • Neo_Baggins FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I wonder what would happen if you put a non Newtonian in there...I wonder if the resonance of the fluid would effect it much.

  • alyxjpg FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold several drunk bees

    1 week ago

    Man the depth of field with the water flying up was so pretty...one of the prettiest slow motion captures to date, I think.

  • Aideyn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    My Alexa was very confused by your request Gavin :P

  • juansanroman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    "WELL! NOW! Don't you tell me to SMILE,

    You stick around and ..."


    Oh no wait, You can't sing that. You gotta pay rights. gavin

  • lotusdragon5

    2 weeks ago

    I agree with Gavin, that slo-mo with the water would make a great screensaver.

  • qM3rcp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gilby Rangers

    2 weeks ago

    I got that Beastie Boys reference, Gavin. Good one

  • jjacksterup FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    nice edit on the twitter handles at the end

  • ACatchyName FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    This seems like a good way to rinse off your face in the morning.

  • AwkwardessLuLu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    This is so pretty

  • DreaYoungken98 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    i bloody LOVE water in slow motion <3