The world's largest elephant toothpaste experiment made it to the Guinness World Records

Have you ever seen such a huge beaker?
Loukia Papadopoulos

Elephant's toothpaste is a science experiment that results in the creation of a foamy substance caused by the rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide using potassium iodide or yeast and warm water as a catalyst. The rapidity of the reaction will depend entirely on the concentration of hydrogen peroxide present.

In the past, we have reported on just such an experiment on a large scale. Now, a team at KiwiCo has made a version so large that it made it to the Guinness World Records. 

To achieve this, the team created a massive beaker that looks kind of like an outdoor over-the-ground pool. But don't let that fool you. It's a complete beaker with the measurements marked on it.

Around the massive beaker, they installed 15 buckets containing potassium iodide. Impressively enough, they were able to dump all those buckets at the same time into the beaker, which contained hydrogen peroxide and soap.

What happened next? How did the experiment work out? How large was the resulting foamy substance? How did the YouTubers take measures to ensure their experiment was safe? How did the event make it to the Guinness World Records? This video answers all these questions and more.

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