Ain't science grand?
Monday, November 05, 2012
Here's a fun little experiment to try if you are bored and have the following items on hand.
  • 1 coffee mug
  • Some water
  • 1 microwave
  • 2-3 packets of oatmeal (optional)
  • 1 bowl (optional)
  • 1 spoon (optional)
  • 1 old vinyl placemat

Fill the coffee mug with water, microwave it until boiling (~3.5 minutes) and pour the water over the oatmeal in the bowl. Mix it with the spoon. Turn the hot coffee mug upside down on the vinyl placemat and leave it there for about a week (this time limit is an approximation based on how long I left the coffee mug sitting on the old vinyl placemat and may not be a necessary amount of time to create the expected result). Enjoy your oatmeal breakfast if you went with the optional ingredients.

After that week or so has passed, attempt to pick up the coffee mug (this may require a bit more force than normal) and admire the impact that all that science has had on the vinyl placement.

I would insert a photo here, but I wrote this post about 6 years ago, didn't finish it, and those placemats are loooong gone. I leave it to you to recreate and admire science stuff at work.


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