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Zubbles!

Zubbles, people. Colored bubbles. You are asking yourself: “Self, could it possibly get any better than this?” The answer, my friend, is a resounding, “No you fool, they’re colored bubbles!” Here in Massachusetts, we’ve had a warm, sunny winter, so until this very moment I had no real reason to ache so badly for spring. But! These delightfully shiny floating globules of joy will not be available until this coming spring. I’ve been gearing up for these since I first read about the seemingly neverending quest to make them a reality in this Popular Science article, so I suppose a few more months aren’t so bad.

Zubbles!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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11 Comments

  1. Leave it to N.R. Miller to bring that touch of class to this forum. ;)

    Geez, I remember how frightenly excitred my girlfriend became when she saw cat nip bubbles. Zubbles might send her into an elative coma. (The cat, I'm sure, will continue to be non-plussed.)

  2. Briarking,

    Not to be nit-picky, but misuse of "non-plussed" is a pet peeve of mine. The correct definition of the word is "utterly perplexed, or bewildered" as opposed to the increasingly common (but wrong) "unimpressed."

    I too, will be waiting in line to buy Zubbles when they arrive in the stores. I might even buy some for my kids, too!

  3. Rebecca, this was the best post I read ono the Internet yesterday – I'm psyched about these Zubbles! I keep bubbles in my car trunk (an old habit from dating a guy with young kids and wanting something quick and entertaining to amuse us, or to blow bubbles out of my sunroof.) I have a cat that also loves catnip bubbles (the other one is a wuss and is scared of them, go figure, but he likes to watch the other one step on them.)

    I'm definitely going to get every color. Very cool. Their company info page is amusing, too:

    We remember the dazzling sense of wonder we felt as kids seeing something for the first time. The first time we peered into space with a telescope. The first time someone amazed us with a magic trick. Seeing something brand new, something spectacular, something impossible. These are the moments we carry with us in dreams, the moments that fill us with the unrestrained excitement we knew as kids. The moments when we realize that anything is possible. These are the moments we create with Ascadia toys and games.

    That's the Power of Wow.

    Thanks, I didn't know about Zubbles. Somewhere I have something about the physics of bubbles. I'll look for it.

    SteveT, good point about nonplussed. I don't know how it started, but many people incorrectly use it to mean "indifferent," "apathetic" or "aloof." Bad definition meme, perhaps…

  4. Steve T,

    I always feel a little under-educated on this site, and now I really feel humbled, especially since the misuse of the language is a big pet peeve of mine as well. I often correct people on their grammar and spelling. I've always heard non-plussed used in the context of unimpressed or bored and I just never bothered to look it up. Not very skeptical minded of me I guess. So thanks for the education. :)

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