Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Stay In School

First off, Wisconsin, there's a primary today, perhaps, depending on where in the state you live (we don't have one in Dodge County). This is the first election where you're going to need a photo ID, so make sure you bring it with you.

That said, today I'd like to issue a simple reminder to kids to stay in school, concentrate on your studies, learn as much as you possibly can. Here's why. If you do, if you get really really good at math and science and really stick with it, one day, you may get to do this.

Although you gotta wait until you're really really good. Launching rockets into the aurora borealis isn't one of those experiments you get to try at home.

For something you can technically try at home but really really probably shouldn't because your parents will strangle you, here's an experiment colloquially known as 'Elephant Toothpaste'. You'll need a big test tube, some hydrogen peroxide (the more potent the better), dish soap, and potassium iodide (that last one may be a little tougher to get ahold of than the others; in a pinch, yeast will do). You might also want to add some food dye. Combine and back off.

And for something you really, really, REALLY should not try at home, here's what happens when you try to make liquid nitrogen ice cream. In a blender.

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