Part 4: When Hell Freezes Over

Fact: A snowball can survive in hell. To round off this 4-part series, I give you the possibly the craziest experiment of all – dunking a snowball into a vat of molten metal and expecting it not to melt. Molten metal (or slag) reaches about 1,700°C, making a metal foundry the closest thing to ‘hell…

Part 3: The Wall Talks Back

Fact: Walls are great listeners. Like talking to a brick wall – a classic phrase to describe someone so stubborn they simply refuse to hear what you’re saying. But what if I told you we’ve got that all wrong? To prove a point, take this experiment performed on the Berlin wall. A kind old man…

Part 2: Genie In A Bottle

Fact: You can catch lightning in a jar. Anyone remember the story of Benjamin Franklin trying to use a kite and a layden jar (an early piece of tech that we now call a capacitor – think of it as the first battery) to store the power of lightning in a bottle? Luckily for him, that day no lightning…

Part 1: Ding Dong Merrily

Fact: You can ‘unring’ a bell. You thought unboiling an egg was impossible? You haven’t seen anything yet. The famous phrase ‘you can’t unring a bell’ is meant to highlight the consequences of our actions to make us think more carefully about what we do before we do it. But it might be a bit…