I listen to 107.9, The A Team radio show in Atlanta every morning during my drive to work. This morning the audience poll had to do with childhood science experiments and callers shared their stories. Todays topic was a direct result of the video experiment using diet soda and menthos candy. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4077724936497803978.
One guy called to say that during a particularly boring summer day, despite the many warnings from his mom, he decided to mix bleach and ammonia in a jar, covered it for a while, then removed the top. He said he lost the sense of taste for a couple of months and his eyes were streaked with red. I’ll bet his butt was streaked with red too once his mother found out.
Another caller used ketchup on pennies to clean them – she said that it takes 2 minutes to get the job done. (I just might try this myself today if I can fit it into my busy and oh so interesting schedule – no smart remarks please). I wanted to hear more stories and sat in the car for a few minutes after I parked, but my time was short so up to my floor I rode still thinking about the show.
Did any of you watch “Mr. Wizard” or “Bill Nye, The Science Guy” on TV?
My memory isn’t the best so I did a little research (code for googled “Mr. Wizard’) and found a page where a few of the experiments are listed:
Lykopodium powder was sprinkled on water to break the surface tension and a kid reach his hand into the tank. Amazingly, the kid pulled his hand out and it was completely dry.
Mr. Wizard had a kid press his arms against a doorway for about 30 seconds and then after the kid relaxed, his arms flew right back up.
A girl learned that her hands could not tell the difference between hot and cold after being exposed to the opposite temperature.
Tie a piece of wet string to a faucet and make the water flow sideways by moving the string.
I did further research (googled Bill Nye) and his website http://www.billnye.com/ is pretty interesting.
A little taste of my childhood curiosity has come back. Experiments were fun to me at one time and I’ll do the ketchup-penny test today to see how it feels.
Anybody want to play? Do an easy experiment and let me know the result. I double dog dare you.