Watch: Giant Bubbles Invade California Beach

This impressive video's been making the rounds lately so you may have seen it already. A beautiful beach in Northern California, colorful giant bubbles, and a soothing soundtrack. It's defintely worth checking out, AFTER THE JUMP.

Stinson Beach Bubbles (canon 550D) from markdaycomedy on Vimeo.

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  1. Amazing. I wish I could have been there.

    It's also worth noting how interesting the bubbles pop. From side to side, not one big pop. Why is that?

    Posted by: James | Aug 28, 2010 6:46:14 PM

  2. the soap dramatically lowers the surface tension of the water so the water can spread out into a thin sheet (unlike water droplets on a pane of glass). water molecules have a really powerful attraction to one another (that's why your coffee just doesn't float out of your cup in the morning, unlike a cup full of smoke/gas). once you wrap the sheet of water into a bubble and close it off, the water molecules are actually pulling at each other to get closer (like they're holding hands in a circular chain), but the air on the inside of the bubble doesn't allow them to get closer. as soon as enough water evaporates out of the sheet to weaken it, at the thinnest part of the sheet there won't be enough water molecules holding on to each other, so the pulling force of all the other water molecules overcomes them, breaks their hold, and a hole opens in the sheet. once the hole opens, air can move out so there is no force opposing the water molecules pulling at each other. the ones still holding hands rapidly pull the guys on the outside into them. the result is a wave as water gets pulled into the strong end from the weak end. as the guys on the outside get pulled in, the sheet gets thicker, they hold more hands, and their pull becomes stronger. so if you look, the bubble opens slowly and as the wave moves, it becomes faster until the whole thing collapses in a giant water mass. kind of like a group hug :)

    Posted by: dentalpoof | Aug 28, 2010 7:18:34 PM

  3. beautiful

    Posted by: nic | Aug 28, 2010 7:48:38 PM

  4. Well, that's a bit Donnie Darko, or The Abyss...

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 28, 2010 7:59:05 PM

  5. Hey Towle, how about getting rid of the shitty share/fb/AIM/alert banner from across the bottom of the page. very irritating. why, you want more facebook friends to make you feel more popular?

    Posted by: HoldenSF | Aug 28, 2010 8:18:12 PM

  6. Finally something fun to do at Stinson when you can't go in the water because of the great white sightings offshore.

    Posted by: Timzilla | Aug 28, 2010 9:27:09 PM

  7. @ Dentalpoof

    Cool, thanks.

    Posted by: hoyden | Aug 29, 2010 1:21:21 AM

  8. Yeah, uh huh! People for CA are, actually, from a different species, yah? Betcha think this is fun...oh so fun! It's fun! Please...please, asteroid or comet...deliver us from ourselves... As much as I hate existentialism (it's pseudo philo, truly!)...DELIVER US!

    River of pain, brotha. River of a house on the hill. It's what life is allllllll about.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 29, 2010 3:15:22 AM

  9. For?! I meant from...and OCD.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 29, 2010 3:20:11 AM

  10. I don't trust bubbles that size. They'll kidnap you and return you to the Village. Be seeing ya!

    Posted by: adamblast | Aug 29, 2010 10:43:42 AM

  11. What is the soap made of? Petrol chemicals?

    Posted by: airbear | Aug 29, 2010 12:09:24 PM

  12. This was sweet. I L-O-V-E Stinson...the drive
    from "The City" is beautiful. If I remember correctly, there's an even better beach (unofficial) ;) around the bend! Thanks for this.

    Posted by: Rocco | Aug 29, 2010 10:33:20 PM

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