#25: Magma and Soul Sand are useful for underwater adventures. Both produce bubbles underwater, making it possible to stay alive! Lava sucks you down, so crouch to avoid taking damage from the lava — Soul Sand launches you up, so it’s useful for quick getaways.
#26: Sea Pickles are a handy underwater snack to collect, and they generate a light source! Plop it down to ward off Drowners.
#27: Sick of waiting for your sponges to dry? Step into the Nether, plop down your wet sponge, and it will immediately go dry. Sponges soak up tons of water, so they’re great for creating air bubbles in underwater temples.
#28: Want to clean up your man-made rivers and ponds? Plop down kelp! Kelp generate water source blocks directly beneath them, filling in water-filled areas.
That’s a whole lot of weird features and secrets. And this is just the tip of the Minecraft iceberg. There are so, so many more — so let us know which of your favorite tricks we missed.