Air Pressure:

Ping Pong Funnel

As you blow into the funnel, the air under the ball moves faster than the other air surrounding the ball, which generates an area of lower air pressure. The pressure under the ball is therefore lower than the surrounding air which is, by comparison, at a higher pressure. This higher pressure pushes the ball back into the funnel, no matter how hard you blow or which way you hold the funnel. The harder you blow, the more stuck the ball becomes.


  1. Insert a ping pong ball into a funnel.
  2. Place the stem of the funnel between your lips and tilt your head back so ball stays inside.
  3. Blow a strong, long stream of air into the funnel.

Can you stand up tall, bend at the waist so the ball points to the ground and still remains in the funnel while you blow?