This afternoon on the 4:00 O’clock news I talked about the severe weather outbreak in the south over the past few days. This April has seen more tornadoes recorded than any other since records have been kept. It wasn’t what I originally intended to talk about. My original intent was to do a chemistry experiment on-the-air.
I think I’m snakebit as far as this experiment goes.
Originally I contacted the chair of the Chemistry Department at University of Hartford. I wanted to show a starch iodine clock on-the-air. Without giving it all away this is the coolest chemistry experiment ever! I needed the chemicals and some glassware.
He said, “Yes.”
Unfortunately it was an abandoned industrial park in nearby Bloomfield! Not a good sign.
I reprogrammed, found the school and Dr. Eric Mahan. He was in a white lab coat. He was the chemistry professor from central casting!
He took me to a chemistry lab. I wish I would have done more of this (OK, any of this) in college. Everyone looked smart and purposeful. The lab was well equipped.
My chemicals were in bottles and packed away in a cardboard box. I was shaking hands ready to leave. My cellphone rang (or whatever they do nowadays).
It was my boss. Problem!
As it turns out chemicals in my work building need to be accompanied by forms… and I hadn’t filled them out. Who knew?
I put the box down.
Dr. Mahan was understanding. We’ll try and do this next Tuesday. Hopefully I’ll have pre-approved forms and know where to drive.
Like I said, coolest chemistry experiment ever. Gotta do it.
You’ll love it.