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Do you remember any of your science projects?

Asked at Borders, 700 N.H. on February 8, 2007

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“I remember making a retractable video game controller for the original Nintendo for my school’s invention fair.”

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“In seventh grade I made a hot air balloon out of a dry cleaning bag, some straws and a candle.”

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“We did an experiment to see which toothpaste was the best at whitening. We stained the shells of hard-boiled eggs with tomato sauce, grape juice and coffee. Then we tried three different types of toothpaste on each egg.”

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“I think I did one on acid rain at one point and another on the flight patterns of birds.”

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H_Lecter 7 years, 2 months ago

Ahhhh, Bob. That is a better definition.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 2 months ago

Hecter - Does "dinner" sound better?

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H_Lecter 7 years, 2 months ago

"science projects" sounds so impersonal.

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bradcan 7 years, 2 months ago

I've spent 20 minutes creating an account so I can try to get off whatever calling list I'm on. I'm on the no-call list-STOP CALLING ME. IS THAT BETTER-DO YOU UNDERSTAND?????

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conceptual_continuity 7 years, 2 months ago

My roommate and I made a killer bong out of some glass tubing and rubber hoses scavenged from the chemistry lab.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 2 months ago

Marion, Watch the wink. Ronaldo don't trip that path....

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 2 months ago

Damn! I messed up my in poor taste joke.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 2 months ago

RI, you are SUCH a caution!

;)

Thanks.

Marion.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 2 months ago

T_O_B, Over-the-counter cold and asthma medications containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, red phosphorous, hydrochloric acid, drain cleaner, battery acid, lye, lantern fuel, and antifreeze are the ingredients in Slim 4 Life (or trimspa)?

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paladin 7 years, 2 months ago

The wages of Sin...and all that. This is especially upsetting to me, personally, having been formerly married to a former Playboy Bunny and formerly engaged to another Blonde Bombshell. They are related to us all and are our victims.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 2 months ago

So, Slim 4 Life worked as advertised.

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RonBurgandy 7 years, 2 months ago

Anna Nicole Smith really is dead.

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dajudge 7 years, 2 months ago

For my science project, I tried to measure the speed of light...I found out, it's reeeeal fast! Then, I wanted to see if time was the same on the ground as it was in a plane, so I took the cesium clock up in a plane and watched the second hand, while someone did the same on the ground and his clock was faster. But not as fast as light.

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dajudge 7 years, 2 months ago

I'll bet there was some "Hoohaa" in the Kool-aid. That would explain why there wasn't enough "suck power" to get a taste.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 2 months ago

salacious_sue,

"sgt, no telling! Nobody had the "suck power" to get a taste. (And our physics teacher did have his own rock band...so I guess he had a bit of a wild streak in him.)"

Wha? Is this groupie behavior?

I give your post a NC-17 rating.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 2 months ago

sgt, no telling! Nobody had the "suck power" to get a taste. (And our physics teacher did have his own rock band...so I guess he had a bit of a wild streak in him.)

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dajudge 7 years, 2 months ago

Hey, I'm back, finally. I was doing an experiment on time warps and got caught back there in Superbowl dips. Sorry 'bout that.

Did the "Heehaa" get into the "Hoohaa" last night? Anybody?

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innocuous_posts 7 years, 2 months ago

TOB, you have no idea. An armadillo that lives in a burrow behind the astronaut's house was being interviewed on TV last night.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 2 months ago

Sue, a pool full of kool-aid? Were there any ... unique ingredients in the kool-aid?

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from_beautiful_downtown_topeka 7 years, 2 months ago

Well, during my teenage years, I do vividly recall experimenting (many times over) with my........."erupting volcano"........

Oh, wait! Science project!

Oops!

Nevermind.....

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Das_Ubermime 7 years, 2 months ago

Between that crazy chick and "The Hoohaa Monologues", I'm beginning to think that there is a gigantic spaceship over the U.S. right now which is sucking our brain waves into space (cuz, you know, it's the only rational explanation). Y'all had better don your tin foil hats real quick-like.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 2 months ago

I_P -

I feel for you. As much play as this is getting nationally, I have a feeling the Moonbat Affair is 24/7 down your way.

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innocuous_posts 7 years, 2 months ago

& she hadn't actually been to the moon anyhoo.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 2 months ago

I always thought "moonbat" was a way of assigning some one a political ideology...

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 2 months ago

Das -

I typically don't goto Foxnews and I am already sort of sick of this story so I didn't click the link until I saw your post. Un F'n Believable. Comedy. Crazed Moonbat. It wasn't even a quote. In need to read foxnews more often.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 2 months ago

sgt, my opologies. I shall correct my error.

Why, yes! I remember some of my science projects. One involved the path water would take when given a choice. (That was sixth grade.) I then proceeded to all of the chopping up up farmaldehyde critters. (I let my worm escape through a window because he was still alive.) We had many "fun" projects where we got to throw bowling balls out of third story windows and make catapults for tennis balls to measure trajectory and such. One project involved lots of surgical tubing and a "kiddie pool" full of kool-aid to see if we had sufficient air pressure to be able to suck the kool-aid up to the same said third story window. Lots of fun stuff. We had a life size laminated poster of A. Einstein that was pinned up on the window shade. We all made our own polymer boogers and during tests (to relieve anxiety) our teacher would let us take potshots at Einstein's nose. :):):)

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ms_canada 7 years, 2 months ago

Maybe the lovely Lisa was doing a science experiment involving diapers that just got out of hand. The project was, How much will one diaper actually hold?

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Finnbar1 7 years, 2 months ago

so RI~I'm guessin' you're a Jimmy Buffett fan then? I really wish you wouldn't have put 'Cuban Crime of Passion' in my head though.

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RonBurgandy 7 years, 2 months ago

Not really, something with planes I think.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 2 months ago

paladin, It's just a "Cuban Crime Of Passion", messy and old fashioned, that's what the papers say. The guy had probably told her "If The Phone Doesn't Ring It's Me". Now she has a "Permanent Reminder Of A Temporary Feeling". I bet her boss told her "You'll Never Work In Dis Bidness Again". She will be lucky to be washing dishes at "Cheeseburger In Paradise".

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Das_Ubermime 7 years, 2 months ago

"In letters found in Nowak's car, the crazed moonbat professed her love for the spaceman."

Nothing says 'professional journalism' like the phrase "crazed moonbat". Oh wait, it Fox News... Nevermind.

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paladin 7 years, 2 months ago

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,250851,00.html What a messy, sordid tail! It stinks! No wonder there are diapers involved. Sometimes the world of love just seems like one big cesspool. I just would like to know how many were used by Capt. Nowak. Diapers, that is.

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prospector 7 years, 2 months ago

No, but now there is one in the back of the fridge that may require a haz-mat team.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 2 months ago

Sue wins for just answering the question.

But Sue, to retain your BIG! OTS permit, you need to be either needlessly wordy or hopelessly snarky. Otherwise, the BIG! OTS governing board may be forced to review your posting permit.

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innocuous_posts 7 years, 2 months ago

Did a study of how far you could hit a rock using a stick.

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Gootsie 7 years, 2 months ago

Great story, Ksgal!! You're from the Dodge City area, aren't you?

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Agnostick 7 years, 2 months ago

Well, I did do one diorama that had a punch of plastic dinosaurs. Only problem is that the only plastic dinosaurs we could find at the TG&Y were in colors like hot neon pink... neon green... neon orange... you get the idea.

There was a pyramide made out of sugar cubes and Elmer's. I stacked them best I could, then dad used a hand saw to get that clean "pyramid" shape.

Best of all was 6th grade, when I used three posterboards... several magic markers... photocopies from the World Book Encyclopedia... part of a Nerf toy... and our plastic mock-up of a Saturn V from Cape Kennedy (purchased on a vacation to Florida three or four years earlier). All to tell the story of the Space Race, and the subsequent moon landing. Even had one part in the presentation where I fired up the ol' Radio Shack tape recorder, to play the audio of a countdown (which came off of a Disney record I had, "The Hall of Presidents")

I wrote a report to go with it, but that's long gone. I think the posters are still in a closet someplace.

Toughest part of this is that the posterboards... well, all we could find was white, and I wanted black. So, I got three white posters... and a big black permanent marker. Yeah, that took a while.

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

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ksgal 7 years, 2 months ago

The Absence of Crayfish in the Cimmaron River.

Won lots of awards with that project.

Also gained the nickname of "mouse" when I did a project that required 12 white mice and they got loose in the school the first night they were there. I had teachers calling my name on the intercom all day asking me to please come and retrieve a mouse. It was great. Oh and the project was "Difference in Sucrose Diet vs Glucose Diet" and I believe the results I got can been seen in today's society. Healthy, fit and athletic and chunky, sickly and not athletic.

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paladin 7 years, 2 months ago

I don't believe that anyone ever won a Nobel Prize with a school science project. Especially one involving hot air and an arrogant mindset.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 2 months ago

Who'd of thunk his science projects involved methane and gas?

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 2 months ago

It appears our crazy astronaut friend may be a fiend of my science project (6:34 am). It looks like she lost 20 lbs from all the pre-crazy pictures.

I agree that when this is all said and done that this looks like a couple misdeamors worth. Temporary Crazy ain't a felony.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 2 months ago

Yes, I did one on waste fired batteries with methane reclamation, another on extraction of minerals and precious metals from seawater and another on a continuous gas lasers.

The first two were regarded as impractical as there was no need for such plans in the mid-1960s and the third was simply considered to far out there.

Science then as now, is ruled by fundamentalists and folks with no or limited vision.

Thanks.

Marion.

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paladin 7 years, 2 months ago

http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/Technology/story?id=2859163&page=1 I was wondering what Lisa's 6th grade science project was. And, if she can now remember it. In my humble view, she MAY have committed, entailing action, simple assault, a misdemeanor. A little empathy seems in order. After all, its almost Valentines Day.

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Das_Ubermime 7 years, 2 months ago

bea,

"Just yesterday I took part in time-travel."

Why did you go to Utah?

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 2 months ago

It sounds to me as if sourpuss may have tested how many ways there are to skin a cat.

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paladin 7 years, 2 months ago

Sourpuss-It is my contention that Love is far from being scientific. Hate, neither. Is that a fair statement. I feel that its not.

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beatrice 7 years, 2 months ago

Just yesterday I took part in time-travel. Does that count?

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sourpuss 7 years, 2 months ago

Absolutely. One year, I was testing the affect of colors on evaporation in cans, but my cat started drinking the water and ruined the experiment. Another year, I was growing bean spouts in different conditions, but the same cat came along and ate the sprouts and ruined the experiment. The next year, I compared cat and human skeletons. I figured if the cat wanted to be involved...

Now that I read that over, it sounds like I killed the cat. I didn't! I worked off of drawings! Needless to say, the ONE thing I found out about the science fair is that great scientists probably don't have cats.

I actually hated the science fair with a passion even though I love science.

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Gootsie 7 years, 2 months ago

I have absolutely no idea if I did. But I always wondered if you took hard boiled eggs and put one in black coffee and one in coffee with creamer (or "whitener") and let it soak overnight, if your teeth would not stain with the creamed one.

Then I was elected cheerleader and didn't care anymore!

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Das_Ubermime 7 years, 2 months ago

FEZ, they are not just for shriners anymore.

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ohjayhawk 7 years, 2 months ago

sgt - I think that made the news on the Cleveland TV stations... I kind of remember hearing about the mysterious disappearance of all the residents of a small Michigan town several years ago.

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Pywacket 7 years, 2 months ago

Jonas and Ohjayhawk~ My friend and I made those magic elixirs, too, and we also buried some in my friend's backyard! What's up with that? We experimented with kitchen potions and bathroom potions. The bathroom ones were really foul, containing her older brothers' pimple medications along with everything else we could find under the sink and in the medicine cabinet. We called the stuff "PW," short for "--- Water," an homage to a secret ingredient... That friend died in her 30s of pancreatic cancer and her parents are gone now, too, but I'll bet the PW is still buried in a jar in the far corner of their yard, by the fence. Woe to whomever disturbs that brew!

I don't remember science fair when I was a kid--either I'm too old, or our elementary just wasn't into it. Who can blame us for concocting our own weird formulas at home...

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Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 7 years, 2 months ago

I made a volcano that sprayed mud all over the place. My little brother Bobby helped me make it. We tested it in the back yard when my sister Marsha and some of her snooty school mates were having their "Boosters Club" meeting. Needless to say, Marsha and her Booster Club friends got sprayed with mud and Bobby and I laughed like crazy.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 2 months ago

Disclosure of any information would violate the terms of the non-prosecutorial agreement.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 2 months ago

I try to forget the one involving flesh-eating zombies (FEZ for short!). That small nearby town can't remember it, though, since the town no longer exists. But we don't talk about that around here.

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paladin 7 years, 2 months ago

Why, yes. When I was in the third grade, I built an intergalactic rocketship and piloted it to the planet Xylophonia, where all the Xylophonians proved to be peaceable, apolitical, fat, affectionate, fun-loving, and musically inclined. They spent most of their time practicing elaborate formations playing in one, or more, of the many marching bands there. I've been told that this memory may well be one of those false memory things and is a figment of the imagination. Oh well.

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trinity 7 years, 2 months ago

no i do not; remember, i was one of those 70's kids.

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ohjayhawk 7 years, 2 months ago

I made a tornado one year using a hotplate, a box with slits in each side and a fan. Looking back it was probably more of a tornado-shaped hurricane than a tornado.

jonas - A friend and I also made some "magic elixer"s in our time. We created this green stuff from stuff all found in the kitchen, and ended up burying it at the corner of his house. To my knowledge there is still no plant life growing at that corner of the house some 20 years later.

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jonas 7 years, 2 months ago

No, but I do remember mixing a great many chemicals in my house into a magic elixer, that I then dunked my snoopy stuffed toy into. He smelled of radioactive soy sauce from then on out.

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75x55 7 years, 2 months ago

Didn't do this classic, but it's always there - the smell of moldy bread is the "scent of science fair" if you ask me.

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delegatezero 7 years, 2 months ago

In 6th grade I did a cryonics (cryogenics) experiment with ants. One day I was bored and put a few large ants into a slurpee cup that was half full. I noticed that the ants stopped moving, almost as if they were dead. Then I dumped out the slurpee cup and noticed that a few minutes later the ants would start to "wake up" and move around again. So I thought a long-term experiment for a science fair would be a cool idea. I took some ants and placed them in a commercial freezer for a week. A week later I thawed them out and 4 of the 10 ants actually came back to life. Pretty cool, if not a bit cruel to the ants.

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blue73harley 7 years, 2 months ago

I do seem to recall something about plastic dinosaurs and a volcano. Didn't everybody do those?

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 2 months ago

Chad Stockslager, musician, Dallas

Not a real name but a totally awesome rock name nonetheless.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 2 months ago

This guy gave me the following ingredients...

Over-the-counter cold and asthma medications containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, red phosphorous, hydrochloric acid, drain cleaner, battery acid, lye, lantern fuel, and antifreeze are the ingredients.

I got first place in the fair and my teachers didn't sleep for 6 days.

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RL 7 years, 2 months ago

What the heck is a retractable video game controller?

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