Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Triboluminscence!


We spent an evening studying triboluminescence. That sounds much more impressive than, "We spent an evening smashing Wint-O-Green Lifesavers, now doesn't it? Many people are familiar with the effect that biting down on a Wint-o-green Lifesaver in the dark will produce blue-ish sparks, and we found a very good explanation at How Stuff Works. To be enlightened,Click here!

We were using individually packaged Lifesavers from a big bag, rather than ones from a roll. The cool thing about this is that you can throw them on a hard surface in a dark room still in the wrapper and get a blue flash. AND you can do it over and over again until your candy is a pile of powder, or the wrapper gives out - whichever comes first.



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