(Remember, my thoughts are in this color.)
So the water in our labs is sometimes extremely aerated. Extremely, as in fill up your beaker and 3/4 of it is bubbles. It always surprises the students and it's funny to hear their reactions.
Lab Girl: What is wrong with this water!?!
Professor: It's just got a lot of air in it. It's fine.
Lab Girl: It's, like, vaporizing!!If our cold water is vaporizing, we've got serious problems!
Students had to dry their filtered product in an oven for 45 minutes. The oven was set at about 190°C (~350°F)
Lab Boy (at the end of 45 minutes): I can just reach in there and get mine, right? It's not too hot.
Me: No, you need to use the tongs and oven mitt. It's pretty hot.It's an oven!!! Surely your Mom didn't let you reach into hot ovens as a child!
As I was walking down the hall during the first week of labs this semester, I overheard:
Lab Boy (to professor): What's the most exciting thing we're going to do this semester?Keep this boy far, far away from the bunsen burners!
See? Not too funny this week, sorry. While writing this, I came up with an idea for next week's post since it has the potential for being weak. Stay tuned...