Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle.More >>
Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle. People at the track observed a moment of silence for Trickle. He died Thursday in an apparent suicide at the age of 71. Race organizers said the event brought in more than 1,500 fans to watch the season's opening race and to remember Trickle's successful career."More >>
Staying cooped up inside when temperatures are sub-zero can definitely be boring. But, just because it feels like the arctic outside, doesn't mean you can't have a little fun. We decided to test out that theory and found out that this cold weather can provide a great atmosphere for outdoor experiments.
The temperature is -3. But, that doesn't mean we can't have some fun outside, at least for a couple minutes.
First, we tried an experiment called "colored balloons."
Step one: Fill the balloon with food coloring.
Step two: Fill it with water.
When your balloons are ready to go, just head outside and place them in a shaded area.
After 3 ½ hours the balloons were completely frozen. We found that if you peel back the balloon layer, there's a nice stained-glass effect, causing the balloons to be colorful, not to mention pure ice.
Another fun experiment we tried was cracking an egg on the pavement to see how long it takes to freeze over.
In just one hour our egg was completely frozen. So hard, in fact, that we couldn't even get it off the pavement.
But, we weren't done yet. What about bubbles? While they're great in the summer, we wanted to find out how they react to these frigid temps.
Unfortunately, this experiment is harder than it looks. You have to get the bubble to stay on the wand long enough for it crystallize. We only managed to make that happen one time, with one tiny bubble. Still, the bubble iced over so much that we could actually hold it in our hands.
So, how cold is really too cold? If nothing else, we learned it's never too cold to have some fun.
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