If you haven’t made any plans for the weekend yet, here are a few ideas you might want to try out (if you’re of legal drinking age, whatever that is where you live). They’re all from our reading selection, How to Fossilize Your Hamster,Â by Mick O’Hare. Get set to do these experiments at home, because they all involve booze and you’re likely to imbibe while experimenting. If you get through this whole list, you’ll be in no shape to drive yourself home afterwards.
- Find out if shaken and stirred martinis actually taste the different (page 92).
- Find out why a shandy only overflows if you pour the beer in before the 7-up Â (page 97).
- Turn wine into water–by filtering it through your digestive system (page 133).
- What causes “drinker’s legs” (page 84)?
- See if beer or sparkling wine froth when poured into a wet glass (page 88).
- Turn anisette-based drinks white by adding water (page 91). Ed note: in case you don’t know it, anisette is great in coffee.
- Discover if rum-and-cokes made with dark or light rum get frothy scum around the top of the glass (page 95).
OK, that’s enough. (Enough to make you sick, if you mix all those drinks in one session.)
This is just a small selection of the experiments presented in How to Fossilize Your Hamster. I chose the boozy projects for your weekend entertainment, but there are also a lot of experiments that can be fun for the whole family. I’ll feature some of those in another post.
Although this seems frivolous, How to Fossilize Your Hamster is full of scientific facts and experimental results that make the idea of learning science fun. I think this is a great way to get more people introduced to science and to help spread science literacy among a populace who might Â otherwise think that science is hard, boring, or irrelevant.