Sometimes science shows us things that our minds can’t fully comprehend. I don’t pretend to be particularly clued up when it comes to physics, but I do feel like I have a really basic grasp on how certain things work. A video has emerged however, which once again shows that science is hellbent on confusing me to my very core.
A visitor to the Hoover Dam in Nevada has blown the internet wide open, after capturing the effects of the dam’s infamous updraft on camera. Leslie Hutchings posted a video on Instagram in which she stood at the top of the 221 meter structure and then tipped a water bottle over the side.
We all know what we expect to happen… but of course, science doesn’t care what you want. Instead, Leslie was treated to a bit of a spectacle, which thankfully she managed to document for the world to see.
Instead of cascading down into the dam (which weighs more than 6,600,000 tonnes), the water in Leslie’s bottle actually went upwards. Bizarre I know, but we have an explanation.
“The structure of the dam creates an upward draft that makes water actually defy gravity,” Leslie said. “Instead of travelling downwards, it is carried upwards by the wind.” She continues: “You have to see it to believe it! We didn’t know just how powerful it was until we experimented and poured water over the edge.”
Comments on Instagram and YouTube ranged from confused, to indignant, and then back to confused. Thankfully now we all know the science behind this phenomenon, we can all kick back and enjoy the video without getting agitated or scratching our heads.
This article originally appeared on Viral Thread.