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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.
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Step 1: Break but Don't Separate

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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

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

Step 3: Just Add Water

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

Step 4: Magic!

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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

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They push and flex and the asterisk grows and morphs into a big Star!
jasara10 months ago
Goody goody trick

CCube551 year ago

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


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

SKATERPRO1 year ago
Does it work????
RingoWild2 years ago
ynze2 years ago
Nice! Will try it!
That's nifty, like watch cereal assemble itself but way cleverer...
The coat backpack was a partial failure, some of the ideas from it were cool though.
That's a shame, in hindsight a shoulder bag would have been simpler... you going to publish the results or let it lie?
I haven't decided. That would required me to take pictures and talk about how i made it. Just to make another failed instructable.
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...
neanderthal4 years ago
Rakı sofrası atraksiyonu :)
ilpug4 years ago
this is a great bar trick... gotta do this.
what a chance i am from turkey tootpick means: kürdan
DJ Radio5 years ago
Get ready for Derin's barrage of comments....
thing 25 years ago
Pharmacy5 years ago
Teşekkürler abicim mesajı aldım ben
clyland5 years ago
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!
A.C.E.6 years ago
awesome, but i think your pictures in each step got uploaded in reverse.. 5 star
ItsTheHobbs6 years ago