the daily science experiment, 3-24-20

Long ago Somebody came up with the idea of taking a couple hydrogen atoms and an atom of oxygen, connected* them and


it became a water molecule. Fresh water is great for drinking, mixing with Kool Aid, brushing teeth, making ice cubes and, if you want, steam. Homer Simpson took this a step further when he and the gang were stranded on a life raft at sea. He took the last of the drinking water and used it to rinse his socks.


Flanders! My socks feel dirty. Gimme some water to wash ’em.” – Homer

Again? Homer, we have to ration the water carefully. It’s our only hope!Ned

Oh, pardon me, Mr. Ration Everything – but what do you think we’re floating on?” – Homer

Don’t you know the poem? ‘Water, water everywhere, so let’s all have a drink!” – Homer


But Homer’s socks aren’t what today’s post is about. Or is it? No, it’s not. What it is about is science. God put 2 Hs and an O together and came up with water. I am putting together the following soups. What will be the result? Let’s find out together, shall we?


First we fry up some ground beef soup. Three pounds by weight but because it’s only 73% beefy and 27% what’s-bad-for-you. Would you eat this soup?



Then I made a pot of tomato ball soup. It turns out Susan and Aleksandrs do not like tomato ball soup so I used a potato masher and reconfigured it into tomato squishy soup.



Since my family is hard to please why not stir up a bowl of tomato sauce soup? Big Box Food was sold out of tomato paste soup so this was the next best thing. Did this satisfy the snobs around me? Nope. Great Scott! What do they want?



OK, you elitists, I offer you a bowl of dry chili powder soup mix. Add your own Homer water and make it the way you see fit. Again, no takers.



Last chance, pals. Here, I made a cup of moist onion soup (chunky style). Take it or leave. They left it.



Rather than throw it all away and ordering Door Dash, I tossed it all the soups together and


a big bowl of chili**. But wait! Chili isn’t a soup. It’s a chili! Or a stew. Or a goulash. If you gurgledotcom the question

” Is chili a soup? “ 

you’ll be surprised to find only a small number of people wasting their time on the bloobernet consider chili to be a soup. What do you think about that?

Yet, how can it be that I added all these soups together and not end up with a soup?

The answer?


I’m no Uncle Marty so I can’t explain the whoseits, whatsits and howzits behind this covalent bonding experience but I can only lay out the facts for you. You just have to take it on faith.


Genesis 25:27-34

27 When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Esau Sells His Birthright

29 Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted.30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) 31 Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.”32 Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33 Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.



*A covalent bond forming H2 (right) where two hydrogen atoms share the two electrons

A covalent bond, also called a molecular bond, is a chemical bond that involves the sharing of electron pairs between atoms.

**the secret ingredient is a wooden spoon. They can stay dry in a cupboard or drawer for years and they’ll always be fresh to use

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