The molecular materials of our daily lives are so predictable that we often forget how some truly strange stuff can happen with basic elements. Even within our own bodies, chemical reactions occur that seem like magic. Here are 20 of the most mesmerizing and fascinating GIFs of the bizarre workings of the chemical world.

Prince Rupert’s Drop suffers a fracture

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Source: This Is Colossal

White tin crumbling into grey tin after cooling to less than 13 degrees Celsius

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Source: Pikd It

Elephant’s toothpaste

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Source: Cheezburger

Mercury reacting with aluminum

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Source: Opposite Lock

Burning ammonium dichromate

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Source: College Humor

Hyrophobic sand

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Source: PBH2

Catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide

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Source: The Melbourner

Electrical treeing

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Source: PBH2

Burning lithium

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Source: Loupak

Burning mercury II thiocyanate

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Source: PBH2

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide

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Source: Iitmne

Sodium acetate crystallization

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Source: Imgur

Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction

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Source: GIF Trunk

Water bridge formed by electric current

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Source: Imgur

Alpha particle trails from radioactive decay of Radon 220

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Source: Imgur

Snake venom meets blood

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Source: College Humor

A lightbulb burning out

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Source: Wiffle GIF

Aluminum and iodine

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Source: Imgur

Dehydration of sugar in sulfuric acid

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Source: College Humor

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