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Try it yourself! Have some fun at home, cause some trouble in the office... Post your own videos on YouTube and let us know what cool things you do with sticky note waterfalls!

The basic effect is simple: a single zigzag pad of sticky notes (the kind made for pop-up dispensers) can cascade like a waterfall. So how do you make a big waterfall? Check out this video to learn how.

Here are the key ingredients: a bunch of zigzag pads, some tape, and, if you want to be able to use your waterfall over and over again, some glue. Finally, you'll need to use your hands, some boxes, or, as you see in the how-to video, some coffee mugs, to block the sides of the waterfall and keep it flowing smoothly.

The first step is to lay down the first row of pads side by side, with all the zigzags going side to side. Run a strip of tape across the top to attach the pads to each other. If you want, you can then put some glue on top, which will help your waterfall last. Either way, take the bottom off of the next pads so they'll stick when you set them on top of the first row. Again, make sure all the zigzags go side to side so that it'll flow properly.

Lay down more tape, more pads, just as you see in the video. You can make as wide or as tall a waterfall as you'd like. Make sure you flip the whole thing over and also run a strip of tape along the bottom when you're done.

Then you're ready. Waterfalls are happiest falling a relatively short distance (less than a meter) and they need help on the sides to keep the side pads from tipping out. That's where you'll need to put your hands on the sides to help, or put boxes or coffee mugs to keep everything moving nicely.

So make some waterfalls and post your videos on YouTube! Let us know what cool things with sticky notes you can come up with!

The Extreme Sticky Note Experiments, by Fritz Grobe (the short one) and Stephen Voltz (the tall one). Directed by Chris Cantwell. Produced by DigiSynd and sponsored by ABC Family, OfficeMax, and our friends at Coca-Cola. Filmed in Burbank, California, with BIG help from Mike Miclon. Researched in Buckfield, Maine, with help from Matt & Jaime, Jason & Jackie, Mike, and the whole gang from the Oddfellow Theater and Celebration Barn Theater. Special thanks also to Oliver Luckett and the gang at DigiSynd.