Sunday, September 07, 2014

Water Bomb!

     I recently had occasion to look up how to fold an origami cube, at which point I learned another name for the single-sheet, small opening at one end cube is "water bomb."
     Maybe it's just me but my heart is warmed by the thought of little Japanese children patiently folding up a few dozen paper cubes...to fill with water and use like water balloons on the unwary.  Heads up, Mr. Salaryman!

10 comments:

John Peddie (Toronto) said...

Let's use them for next year's "ice bucket" challenge.

With red food dye, of course.

Thrown from, say, 3 feet.

armedlaughing said...

We always called them just balloons!
And I've been making them since the 7th Grade.
NANNER-NANNER!

You can also use the same beginning to make a Chinese junk!

gfa

Old NFO said...

LOL, didn't know that...

fillyjonk said...

Not just Japanese children. I remember making those as a kid in Ohio. An older kid taught me how.


There's also a way to fold a (very temporary, unless you use some kind of waxed paper) drinking cup that I learned.

I will say the water bombs, unfilled, make excellent lightweight "balls" for impromptu games of indoor volleyball....

Monty James said...

Trying this during the Tokugawa shogunate, of course, led to dire consequences.

Anonymous said...

If one were to say, uhhh, poke a paper punch size hole in the other end, fill these w/ propane or nat. gas, purging the air, set it down on the paper punch hole, and light the top hole, the gas burns off to the point of there being an "appropriate" fuel air mix. Results can be fun as long as you don't get caught...... Who me??? [;>)

TWForeman said...

We made these in High School. Got in trouble for tossing them around (full of water of course.)

Learned how to make them from a book named "101 Ways to Show Off"

pax said...

My kids learned to fold them one year around Christmastime -- the same year we had a very late litter of kittens underfoot during the season. When we brought the Christmas tree in, I got to thinking about how much I didn't want to hassle with broken Christmas ornaments. Result: a tree decorated entirely with origami balls and paper chains. Looked lovely and I didn't even have to yell at either cats or kids for knocking the ornaments off.

"Don't worry, Mom, we'll just make some more..."

Montana said...

We made these by the dozens when we were kids. One time we left one on the teacher's desk. She thought it was empty and tried to bush it into the trash. We got in trouble...

Windy Wilson said...

I knew about the water bomb use, but since I did not learn how to do them until I was an adult I haven't tried that application.

I have a different solution to the kitties under the tree problem that no one else except the woman who told it to me believes the kitties have a quick enough response for it to work properly and safely.