How to Make Lava Lamps – Oozing Goo

October 13, 2004 | Mad Science, Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

Lava Lamp Patents!If you would like to wander back to the days of the Keith Partridge and Greg Brady and make a really groovy pad, you can go learn How to Make Lava Lamps at Oozing Goo. They also listed the two patents on the Lava Lamp, namely U.S. Patent 3,570,156 and U.S. Patent 3,387,396. Frankly, the idea of placing alcohol and turpentine in a closed container over a heat source sounds the teensiest bit dangerous to me, so if you end up with no eyebrows, don’t come crying to me. I’m not stupid enough to try it.


What’s really amazing about this invention to me is just the idea itself: that somebody would buy a lamp that consists of globs of goo floating around in liquid. How does one even get to the point where one asks this question?

Bonus Coverage: A Method for Animating Viscous Fluids


Comment from Your brother Kevin
Time 10/14/2004 at 1:41 am

Look dude, it’s a matter of “thrill seeking” and “whoa dude”. I know when you were at the University of Oregon, you must have spent one night contemplating your existence by looking at glowing gobs of goo and a blacklight poster of Jimmy Hendrix.

You are almost as serious as I, but your insured :-).

Comment from Rich Ozer
Time 10/17/2004 at 3:02 pm

How does one even get to the point where one asks this question?

You’re kidding…. right?