Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fire Burn, And Frozen Bubble

It is now well into December, and as such, temperatures are dropping below freezing. At least, in places where they drop below freezing.

...hang on a second.

Dear Los Angeles metropolitan area: If it is below freezing down there when I come to visit in January, I will take your ass home as a souvenir.

Anyway. One of the places where it does drop below freezing is the observatory at Mount Washington, New Hampshire. That is putting things mildly to the point of absurdity, but never mind. Today they're going to demonstrate how to make frozen bubbles.

Of course, first you'll need the proper mixture. Just a thing of soap bubble solution's not going to do it. The Mount Washington crew went with this:

3 Teaspoons Dawn dish soap
1/2-1 Teaspoon Sugar
1-2 Teaspoons of hot water
Mix gently so as not to make bubbles in the solution

Then, it's just a matter of blowing a bubble in calm winds and below-freezing temperatures and letting the bubble sit on the wand. The lower the temperature, the less time you'll have to wait; because of Mount Washington's notoriously cold weather, though, they didn't even have to wait for the bubble to make it back to the wand...

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