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Book Review #4: Mythbusters: Don't Try This At Home!|
Mythbusters: Don't Try This At Home is children's book in the Mythbusters style, devoted to teaching children the essentials of the scientific method in a truly fun way while disproving several common urban legends (though, sadly, the "Pop Rocks and Soda" is nowhere to be found). Devoured whilst on the toilet at La Casa Songdi, and I debated whether it should count, but I discovered in fact that octopus eggs could not grow in your stomach (as I suspected).
When one learns such a decent piece of information, I feel it is best to catalogue it.
But even though it's a children's book, it's surprisingly entertaining. And the lessons it teaches about experimentation are good. I might buy it for Amy.
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can be used to power Rube Goldberg inventions.
After approximately a dozen attempts to work out the kinks. :)
Oh God, if we'd had that at last year's competition...
|Date:||January 12th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)|| |
My mom used to tell me not to eat the seeds of the bell pepper "because they will grow in your tummy". I wisely told her "good, that way I won't have to eat them any more!".
(octopus eggs? come on...)
Cool. My 13-yo son is devoted to Mythbusters on TV. I might pick it up for him today. Might read it myself to get the bad taste of For Better or Worse out of my brain.
I checked it out and added it to my Amazon wish list. Thanks!
Our house is truly a geek paradise.
(And it's La Casa Gojirawitz!)
Is that the polish or jewish godzilla? :)
Jewish; we're both mostly-lapsed Jews and major geeks. :)
|Date:||January 12th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)|| |
Good GODS! You mean that there are people out there that would let their CHILDREN watch Mythbusters!?!? That's reprehensible!! I am shocked!! Those people should be locked up and their children should be ... should be ...
erm ... oh yeah. [blushes]
(I keep forgetting that Mythbusters isn't actually porn)
Mythbusters is the only show willing to tell kids THE TRUTH about important stuff like whether or not toilets will actually explode if you drop a lit cigarette in them.
Only if you use gasoline as a cleaning agent.
Otherwise - what the hell have you been eating, anyway?
Mostly beans. Also, I HAD to use gasoline to clean the toilet, because I drank all my bleach.
That sad. If me cud gro octopuses in tummy me cud eat dem again when dey crawl out after dey lay der eggs. (Shud not eat books on toilet, dey are for wipe.)
I believe the lack of pop rocks and soda was because they actually did manage to blow up a pigs stomach with it. Though admittedly I only saw a brief clip so it may have been the "lets do everything we can to make this stomach blow up" part of the show.
|Date:||January 12th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)|| |
Actual Pop Rocks and soda didn't do it. LOTS of bi-carb and about three litres of soda did.
The one issue I had with that myth is that they didn't have a pressure release valve, like humans do when they, yaknow, burp.
THAT much Co2 would cause burping and possibly vomiting.
So while, yes, it is THEORETICALLY possible, it is only possible when your esophagus is clamped.