Every once in a while I’ll be reminded that the world around us is just abso-frakkin’-lutely amazing. That just happened yesterday.
Here’s a bit of background. Fire and rust are exactly the same thing, only happening at vastly different speeds. Rust is the oxygen in the air bonding very, very, v-e-r-y slowly with the iron molecules, which creates a new, flaky and very brittle material. Fire is the oxygen molecules in the air bonding with great rapidity to the molecules of, say, wood, creating a new material called ash that is completely different than the material with which you started.
The exact same thing happening. Completely different speeds. Completely different reactions. The one thing they have in common is the oxygen in the atmosphere. Yeah. The oxygen, which is about less than 20 percent of the air and is relatively diffuse or spread out.
Not imagine what would happen if, say, a hot coal were immersed in liquid oxygen. That is, oxygen that has been slowed, slowed and slowed some more so that it condenses out of the atmosphere and forms a liquid. This liquid is pure oxygen, but so cold it will amputate any body part you put into contact with it.
That, dudes, is cold.
So, what happens if you drop a hot, but not burning, coal into a pool of liquid oxygen? Oddly, we don’t have to wonder. Yah, internets! Yeah, there’s an actual science-y video to explain the whole thing.
And it is very, very cool. No pun intended.
And it’s just something I thought I’d share with you dudes as we head into the the first week of summer vacation. It’s never the wrong time to learn.
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