Introduction: Turkish Toothpick Trick

Yener, our host in Istanbul, taught us this nifty trick over a dinner of "Kokorech" which is spicy lamb tripe.
Here's Yener with the toothpicks, about to start out.

Step 1: Break But Don't Separate

Take 5 toothpicks and break them in the middle. Fold them over but don't separate the two halves. Make sure you don't break them apart. There need to have some slivers still connecting the two halves.

Step 2: Arrange Thus

Lay them out in an arrangement like this, with the broken ends inward. Like an "Asterisk".

Step 3: Just Add Water

Take a teaspoon of water and gently pour it in the center of the arrangement.

Step 4: Magic!

As soon as they get wet the toothpicks start moving!
They flex their little broken-splinter muscles and push against each other.

Step 5: Toothpickinetic Sculpture

They push and flex and the asterisk grows and morphs into a big Star!

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Magzzee made it! (author)2016-03-14

Wow awesome! TYSM for taking the time to post.

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shellyscorner made it! (author)2016-03-11

That's REALLY awesome! I LOVE it!

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animals rock made it! (author)2016-02-11

wow cool:)

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jasara made it! (author)2014-09-18

Goody goody trick

:D

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CCube55 made it! (author)2014-05-17

great, practice a fue times. befor in a large crowd.

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Fikjast Scott made it! (author)2014-02-12

This is so cool. I will show my father who has been using toothpicks for years.

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SKATERPRO made it! (author)2013-10-29

Does it work????

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RingoWild made it! (author)2013-06-24

LOVE IT!!

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ynze made it! (author)2013-03-11

Nice! Will try it!

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killerjackalope made it! (author)2009-07-20

That's nifty, like watch cereal assemble itself but way cleverer...

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2009-07-20

The coat backpack was a partial failure, some of the ideas from it were cool though.

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nlancpsopnyz11 made it! (author)nlancpsopnyz112011-09-03

thomassabojewelry.co.uk

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2009-07-21

That's a shame, in hindsight a shoulder bag would have been simpler... you going to publish the results or let it lie?

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2009-07-21

I haven't decided. That would required me to take pictures and talk about how i made it. Just to make another failed instructable.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2009-07-21

Eh it's been some time since I've been featured, despite both my writing and pictures improving immensely since then... I suspect there's a good project in it somewhere though...

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2009-07-21

Yeah.

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neanderthal made it! (author)2011-07-17

Rakı sofrası atraksiyonu :)

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spankeerrrrrrr made it! (author)spankeerrrrrrr2011-07-28

:D

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ilpug made it! (author)2011-07-24

this is a great bar trick... gotta do this.

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spankeerrrrrrr made it! (author)2011-07-14

what a chance i am from turkey tootpick means: kürdan

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DJ Radio made it! (author)2009-10-02

Get ready for Derin's barrage of comments....

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thing 2 made it! (author)2009-09-07

Kewl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pharmacy made it! (author)2009-08-20

Teşekkürler abicim mesajı aldım ben

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clyland made it! (author)2009-08-16

My Dad used to do that trick for my brother and I when we were kids, but he claimed it would only work with coffee..... that mysterious liquid only allowed to grownups!

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A.C.E. made it! (author)2009-07-21

awesome, but i think your pictures in each step got uploaded in reverse.. 5 star

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)2009-07-20

Shweet.

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ItsTheHobbs made it! (author)2009-07-20

Neato!

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