Fun with Backyard Science Experiments
Another side-effect of our video technological progress has got to be the proliferation of internet "scientists." Don't get me wrong, there are lots of real scientists out there posting things online, but...there are more than a few goofballs with hi-def recording devices at their disposal.
When I was in high school, we didn't do a lot of the experiments that kids love to see (read that as "stuff blowing up"), so I've learned a lot from the online scientific community. Today, for instance, we get to learn together (from The Backyard Scientist) what happens when you pour molten aluminum into a watermelon.
Think of this as good public service, because you never know when someone at a backyard get-together is going to want to heat aluminum to a liquid state and then pour it into a piece of produce. Now, you'll be prepared.
While we're at it, how about some molten aluminum into a swimming pool? Take it away, Backyard Scientist: