Mama Diaries

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Watermelon Experiment and Question of the Month

Before I begin my story, I'll do the question of the month, hosted by Michael D'Agostino.





The question of the month is, "If an actor were to portray you in a movie, who would it be?"

Answer:  Well, I couldn't make up my mind, but it would be one of these two ladies: 



In case you don't recognize them, the top is Anne Hathaway, and the bottom is Anna Kendrick.  My blog friend, Janie Junebug once commented that Anne Hathaway would be a good selection to portray me in a movie. She's probably right, because she's always right. My daughter says my personality is exactly like Anna Kendrick. She could be right. But I'm not going to say that she's always right.  I do get a little feisty at times. Either one of these woman would do a great job in playing me. (I wonder if either of them would be willing to jump out of an airplane!)

Now for the story:

You may recall that my daughter was having a birthday party in which she was going to explode some watermelons using rubber bands. The explosions happened, but not the way we had planned.

The girls tried the rubber bands with one of the melons. Unfortunately, my boy, Bubba, did some writing on the rind with a knife, which compromised the experiment. Air was allowed to seep through the knife scoring, thereby not allowing enough pressure to build. The girls found another way:  They smashed the watermelon by throwing it on the ground.

Experiment two:  This was with a smaller melon.  At 245 rubber bands, nothing was happening. They decided that rubber bands didn't work, so they found another way - using an air compressor. They rolled the compressor out to the driveway and hooked it up to an inflator needle for bike tires. They then inserted the needle into the watermelon and turned the compressor on. After about 3 minutes, the melon exploded.

I explained that it took over four hundred rubber bands to do the trick. I asked if they wanted to try doing it the proper way with another melon.

"No way, Mom! That takes too long. We'll explode it with the air compressor!"

Which is exactly what they did. I guess that's the way it is in a world of instant gratification!




52 comments:

  1. Hi, dear Sherry! Looks like your kids have discovered an exploding watermelon hack. :) It's too bad The David Letterman Show is no longer in production or they could have gone on the show and demonstrated their "stupid human trick." As you might recall, Dave loved to throw melons off the roof of a building.

    The two ladies you think could play Sherry Ellis in a movie are okay, but I just don't think they're pretty enough! :)

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    1. David Letterman would've probably enjoyed seeing their trick.
      I think the two ladies are very pretty, but thank you for your very kind comment. You made my day!

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  2. Your daughter is smart... I would do it the easy way too... :) xox

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    1. I would've done it the long way, just because I'd be curious to find out exactly how many rubber bands it would take to explode that thing.

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  3. Sherry, I think either actress would be a good pick to play your. But who would play Bubba? Now that's a tough one. I think I'd go the route your daughter did when it comes to her experiment.

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    1. Bubba would have to play himself. There's nobody who can do exactly what he does! :)

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  4. The question is how long can one wait for a watermelon to explode. Ans: Not long! Good choices for actresses who could play you.

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    1. It all depends on how fast you can put rubber bands around a watermelon. :0)

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  5. Did you catch the exploding watermelon on film?
    I think Anna Kendrick would suit you best.

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    1. No, I didn't film it. I have some pictures of the aftermath, though. Anna Kendrick would probably be the best choice to portray me.

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  6. count on Bubba to wreck the experiment

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  7. Personally, I'm a bigger fan of the air compressor idea anyway. It just sounds more fun!

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  8. A good choice for someone to portray you.
    Me? I'd probably have one of the witches of Eastwick

    Sorry for Bubba, perhaps next time.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Witches of Eastwick? Yvonne, you're being silly!

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  9. Both would sure work.

    haha no time to waste with so many rubber bands when an air compressor will do.

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    1. Sometimes you need a little extra power.

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  10. Your kids are quite inventive. I would never have thought to do that.

    Great choices for the actor. I'll watch anything with those two girls in it.

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    1. They are indeed inventive!

      Thanks for liking my choices, and thanks for your question!

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  11. Both are good actresses and would make good choices.
    Was exploding watermelons as much of a mess as I am imagining?.

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    1. There were watermelon pieces all over the driveway, but it was pretty well contained. Not as bad as you might've thought.

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  12. Oh, I didn't realize that watermelon exploding was so labor intensive. That makes it harder for the kiddos to do. We with our short attention spans.

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    1. Yes. Affixing 400 rubber bands around a watermelon takes way too much time!

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  13. I still say Anne Hathaway for you. She's lovely, talented, and musically inclined. She has a great voice. Maybe she even plays the violin and the cello and the harmonica.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. She sings? I had no idea. She has to play the violin, viola, and piano, SCUBA dive with sharks, and jump out of airplanes if she's going to play me.

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  14. Janie is always right so I'm taking her side. And I'm totally not saying that because she sent me a giant box of goodies for my birthday. ;)

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  15. The air compressor was by far more fun that rubber bands! I'd choose that too. lol.

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  16. Your kids does awesome things always.

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  17. If not exactly great scientists these girls don't lack when it comes down to determination.

    The actress I'd want to play me? Though I'm fair and this actress isn't (nothing a bottle of hair dye wouldn't sort out?) I'd have to say Sandra Bullock as I think she's a versatile actress who has played some less than glamorous roles (glam I'm not) and does cookie very well.

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  18. I never know how to answer the actress question since I don't keep up with movies. Used to love going to the theater once a week, but haven't been in ages.

    Oh Bubba. And I agree, it takes too long :)

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    1. I don't see many movies these days, either. But I know these two ladies.

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  19. Getting the explosion soon is so much more fun

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    1. I think I'd prefer the suspense of rubber bands.

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  20. You do like Anne Hathaway, wow, Sherry. And thanks for sharing the watermelon experiment. :-)

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    1. I wonder how many people are going to try this after viewing my blog. ;0)

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  21. LOL! That air compressor sounds like great fun. We had a family reunion once where we modified firecrackers to blow up tomatoes. Such a fun time.

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  22. I can imagine Anne Hathaway with a violin in her hand...playing serenely as you!

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    1. Haha! I may need to give her a few lessons. ;0)

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  23. I like both these actresses, but I think Kendrick is the better character actor if that makes any difference. As for your daughter, I'd do it the easier way too.

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    1. Kendrick would probably do a really good job of acting like me.

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  24. This reminds me of the comedian Gallagher. He liked exploding watermelons.

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  25. Fun casting choices! Not sure if I've ever seen Anna Kendrick in anything, but I've always been a fan of Anne Hathaway.

    And LOL, those poor watermelons...

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  26. I was wondering how the watermelon explosion went. Naturally, the girls found a quicker way to reach their goal! ;)

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