Monday, October 03, 2005

Just because I could, that's why

I am planning to melt some Jello, to see whether, when it cools, it firms back up again. Why? Because I will have some spare Jello, after I make a recipe, and I always wondered if it would.

I once threw a four-cushion couch off a third-story back porch (with a friend of mine), giving it a lot of loft, and accompanied by animalistic screams, just to see what would happen. It made a GREAT dent in the yard, but broke into far fewer pieces than we hoped for.

What have you done, just to see what would happen?


alicia said...

it will
trust me on this one!

Henry Dieterich said...

When I was about ten years old, I wondered what would happen if I dripped some water from my bedside glass on the bulb of my bedside lamp. Of course, it shattered into lots of little pieces. I rather sheepishly went down to my father and told him what I had done. He came and helped my clean it up and patiently explained to me the scientific reasons for the phenomenon (he's a physicist). He did not get angry at all. But he did tell me, "Never do that again." And I never have.

Therese Z said...

I'm sure your dad could see that you did in a spirit of inquiry, rather than mischief, bless his acuity.

Rosalind said...

I can't remember anything like that. Perhaps I don't have the requisite scientific curiosity.

My 'what if's" tend to be more experiential. "What if we left early tomorrow morning so we could have a picnic lunch by Niagara Falls and then drive home?" Or "What if we set up a table with linens, candles and china for a football tailgate party?"

Somehow, watching Jello set isn't quite as fun. Just my opinion.

ukok said...

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be just like my wonderful daddy, so I decided that I would shave my face...without soap and water (because I didn't realise I should use hose too) just an old fashioned metal razor.

I didn't feel a thing at first but my goodness did my cheek bleed!

God Bless.

Therese Z said...

I love that story! I'm surprised more kids don't have that one in their memories.

I did roll a comb up in my then-long hair to "make curls," and entangled it so thoroughly that my hair had to be cut short, but I didn't think of that as a what-the-hey-let's-give-it-a-shot moment, more along the lines of copying adult behavior.

TS said...

I don't have to go very far back for this one. I was at Niagra Falls Monday and I wanted to toss my red baseball hat into the Niagra river so as to watch it go over the falls. Alas I didn't because it was the only cap I'd packed and I needed it yesterday (Tues).

Der Tommissar said...

I got married.

Also, I once lived in an apartment with a gas fireplace. I'd turn on the gas and let it run for progressively longer intervals before flicking a match into it, just so I could see how large a fireball I could make.

I stopped when a neighbor from the other side of the complex asked if I was having electrical problems. He said he'd noticed my lights were "flickering quite brightly" for hours at a time.



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