I say it every year: I love winter. I really do. I am a four seasons person and winter is an important part of annual closure and finding time to slow down and get introspective. Hot drinks and a good book. Football and a good Russian Imperial Stout perhaps. Plus, I love how beautiful the snow is. The tough part, of course, is how long it can last some years, making it seem like summer is just a short holiday coinciding with road construction as the standing joke goes. And then there’s the challenge of a serious cold snap. Fortunately, they are generally only for a few days. But this week’s frigid temperatures are perhaps the lowest recorded in Wisconsin in my lifetime. We are dipping down below -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-29C), with wind chill past -40F (-40C) at least. Break out the long johns.
But while we’re terrified of losing fingers and patches of skin to frostbite, why not have a little fun? Today we headed outside for as long as the fingers could stand it (and as long as our supplies remained liquid — not long!) to blow some bubbles and see what would happen.
I’ve had a bottle of bubbles sitting on top of my bookshelf for about 7 years and finally had cause to go find it and open it. On a side note, the bottle says Made in USA and the label says Made in Mexico from US Ingredients. What the–? So it’s our special tap water and dish soap but we need to have that mixed and put in US bottles in Mexico? Well, no matter, the stuff didn’t work. Is there an expiration date on bubbles?? So I made my own in the kitchen.
We timed it and it looked like the bubble solution took just shy of 8 seconds to freeze.
Once we got a few airborne we chased after them with a video camera. They’d float off, turn white a bit.
And then as my hot air cooled off, they shrank a bit and started coming back to earth where they tore apart in a crash. Bubble ice shrapnel.
Finally, here’s a short video of our efforts…