Mama Diaries

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Science Experiment

There is never a shortage of unusual occurrences at my house. The latest involves a science experiment done by my twelve-year-old son.

My teenage daughter likes to use bath bombs. These are solid balls of something that dissolve when placed in water, and make bath water smell nice. I was never clear on what the something part was, until after the experiment.

For reasons unknown to me, my son decided to toss one of these things in a toilet. A short time later, he used the toilet. He came back with this result:

"Mama," he said. "Did you know bath bombs make things float?"  

He explained in graphic detail what was floating in the toilet. I will spare you the details, but I'm sure you get the picture.

Apparently, bath bombs contain a high concentration of salt. Therefore, dumping a bath bomb in a toilet is like creating a miniature Dead Sea. Anything taking a swim in that toilet will float.

Aren't you glad you know that, now?

46 comments:

  1. Oh Sherry ! I'm sorry but I had to have a good laugh at your son's experiment. Always one step ahead is your son.

    Yvonne.

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  2. You have to give to Bubba, he thinks outside the box. :)

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  3. yes, he might get Nobel for this

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    1. Sure. If it ends up being a useful scientific contribution.

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  4. Ingenious kid. He should get a scientist brainiac award - now wouldn't that be the coolest!

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  5. Uh, oh, okay then. Good to know...

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    1. That's about what I would've said, too. ;)

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  6. Well damn, mine always seems to float anyway. So someone's been spiking my food with bath bombs?

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    1. Cat has. Or maybe he's just put some in your food, so when it comes out the other end, it floats. ;)

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  7. I am thrilled to have this information. :-(

    Love,
    Janie

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  8. Well, science isn't always pretty. . .at least he didn't youtube the experiment, did he?

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  9. if one is one a diet, one should read this post just before eating.

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    1. I'm so glad this post will be useful to dieters.

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  10. The things we learn from our kids. LOL! Hey, I really do find this interesting. Now I want to float non-gross things in a bathtub. Next experiment: how many bath bombs would THAT take?

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  11. I don't think I knew salt was in them, but I think baking soda is? I know my skin dries out after using them, but I always attributed it to having skin issues. I still use them from time to time, but I do two layers of lotion when I get out haha.

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    1. I've never used a bath bomb. My daughter is a fan of them. I'll have to ask how her skin is after she uses them.

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  12. Well know. That's really, um, interesting. My daughter made some bath bombs a few years ago, used one, and let the rest sit around the house until I got fed up and threw them out. Maybe I should have just flushed them!

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    1. Haha! Or maybe not, because maybe what ends up in the toilet won't easily flush down.

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  13. What a hilarious discovery. With that said, I'm gonna totally take his word on that, because I have no desire whatsoever to replicate that, uh, 'experiment'.

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  14. Hi Sherry, its too bad that I have a wonderful imagination wherein I could clearly visualize what was floating inside the toilet :(

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  15. Hmm, thankfully no bath and therefore no bath bombs which is probably just as well as I'll never view them in the same way after this.

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    1. Haha! Sorry to ruin your image of bath bombs.

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  16. Telling Mr T why I was laughing, he reckons the experiment should be done again and then with other bath products as conclusive proof. I'm even more pleased we don't have a bath.

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    1. Haha! I'll see if my boy is interested in reconstructing the experiment. ;)

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  17. That's actually pretty interesting. I laughed when I read that he put it in the toilet because that's something I might have done as well.

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  18. Hehe...he's one ingenious kid!

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  19. Ha! I had no idea bath bombs have a lot of salt in them. At least the toilet didn't overflow! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Uh, well. Maybe the bomb negated the odor of the bomb my boy left. ;)

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  21. I didn't really needed to know this...lol!

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  22. LOL... I didn't know that... I do know that those bath bombs cost a fortune, my Valentina loves them... I wish I could find a cheaper brand here other then Lush... oh well, she enjoys them as a treat xox

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    1. Yes. My daughter gets hers at Lush, too. Every time I go in that store, I get a headache. The scents are so strong!

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