Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Why Does Popcorn Pop?
So we could finish the damn science fair project, that's why. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I laid down, I rolled over, I threw in the towel, and any other way you want to say I gave up and pretty much just did it for her. I mean, really, how was she supposed to do it herself? The heck, she's only in fourth grade and can't even do long division yet, so who really thinks this assignment was child centered? Fourth grade science fair my ass. Mom, Print Shop and Google centered science fair is more like it. She's happy with the way it turned out, we finished it TWO WEEKS AHEAD of the deadline, and she's going to keep a bowl filled with popcorn to attract lots of people over to read her board, so that spells success to me. Now if she just doesn't blink between now and the 19th or else she'll forget everything I tried to help her learn about the wonders of popped corn.
But I did learn something I wasn't expecting to learn while trying to desicate popcorn kernels in a quick oven so we could get the experiment completed. We learned that popcorn is a great source of fuel for a cozy kitchen fire. Nothing smells more like lovin' in the oven than popcorn popping wildly in a too hot oven and bursting into flames on the heating element. Yum, yum, yum.