Every year, people get more and more creative with the things they're willing to throw in the deep-fryer. But if you thought fat-coated butter, salsa, beer, and pigs ears were culinary abominations, wait until you see the latest attempt at deep-frying the impossible. Yes, that's right, someone has finally defied the laws of nature and deep-fried water.
According to Gizmodo, the stunt was filmed for the aptly titled "Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon" in San Francisco earlier this month. A man named Jonathan Marcus took what appears to be a miniature version of the Japanese the raindrop cake, battered it up, and threw it in the fryer. Amazingly, he was able to cook the water on the first try without the droplet evaporating.
The experiment was a success thanks to a process Marcus calls "frozen reverse spherification." It's all very scientific, but he explained on Reddit that the spherification allowed for a "thin edible membrane of calcium alginate (made from algae)" to form around the fluid, making the substance perfect for frying.
"That's the blandest fried thing I have ever tasted," Marcus admits in the video, but at least he gets points for trying.