Saturday, January 4, 2014


Boiled crawfish?  Not a fan.
At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy-duddy, I must say that chemistry sets just aren't exciting as they were back in my day, where the labels on each container were covered with skulls & crossbones and threats of chemical burns & explosions.  That was awesome.   That's not to say that the packagine for the "Mind Blowing Experiments" that I got Finn for Christmas don't have dire warnings on the packaging.  It's just that the things that we should be terrified most are (in this order):
  1. That someone could suffocate.  In the bag inside the box.  No mention of the contents within the bag, but that bag is one serious threat.
  2. That someone could misappropriate the name "Mind Blowing Experiments" and profit from its use without appropriate licensing.  Your fingers are safe with these experiments; not so the Slinky Corporation's intellectual property.
The lack of warning about the contents themselves do make sense when you see that these mind-blowing experiments will all be performed with the help of such volatile chemical compounds as "Vegetable Oil" and "Beet Coloring".  Crazy stuff.

Finn doesn't care about the lack of imminent bodily harm, however.  Mind Blowing Experiments are currently the second favorite Christmas gift in the house behind the Death Star.  In fact, he is so impressed by this gift that he's developed four rules for conducting experiments in the house.

I was driving as he was reciting them, so I couldn't write them down.  Instead, I had him speak into my phone so it could transcribe the rules into text.  Here is what he said:

The first rule of experiments is that space talking to have to go to space around so you know I'm experimenting right right right what's the second second one is you have to know what you doing is he never know if it's 640 or not it's done so if you don't know what you doing find someway to stop okay their third rule two experiments yet but it's another thing about it is if you're experimenting always use the right ingredients. Or you don't know what will happen. The fourth rule is have fun!

That might look like a bunch of nonsense and you might think that my voice-to-text transcriber is complete garbage, and you might be right, but I'm not actually so sure that that's not exactly what he said.  He doesn't always make a lot of sense.  I seem to remember more about explosions, but maybe I'm mistaken.

But the one part that comes through is the last one.  The fourth rule is in full effect in our house and we are most definitely having some
fun, even if the exciting "Colored Soft Crystals" experiment just resulted in some wet jujube looking things.

Ah well, if we get bored, there's always the bag...

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