Turkish Toothpick Trick

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Introduction: Turkish Toothpick Trick

About: Tim Anderson is the author of the "Heirloom Technology" column in Make Magazine. He is co-founder of www.zcorp.com, manufacturers of "3D Printer" output devices. His detailed drawings of traditional Pacific I…

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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    27 Discussions

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    Magzzee
    Magzzee

    4 years ago

    Wow awesome! TYSM for taking the time to post.

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    shellyscorner
    shellyscorner

    4 years ago

    That's REALLY awesome! I LOVE it!

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    jasara
    jasara

    6 years ago

    Goody goody trick

    :D

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    CCube55
    CCube55

    6 years ago

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

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    Fikjast Scott

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

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    SKATERPRO
    SKATERPRO

    6 years ago

    Does it work????

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    Yerboogieman
    Yerboogieman

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    killerjackalope
    killerjackalope

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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
    Yerboogieman

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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
    killerjackalope

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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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    ilpug
    ilpug

    9 years ago on Introduction

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