Non-Newtonian

Did you know ketchup becomes runnier when shaken? That’s why we smack and jiggle the glass Heinz bottle over our hashbrowns at the diner.

Or cornstarch and water, the oobleck you played with in third grade. A liquid homemade silly putty.

Hit it with a hammer, and it won’t give an inch. Massage it with some love, and it will bend over backwards—and sideways—for you.

We can be non-Newtonian if we so choose. It’s possible to react in interesting ways to time, pressure, stress, circumstance.

The key is knowing when to be flexible.


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