Monday, July 8, 2013

I Tried Thinking of Penguins

113°F and the power of thinking cold thoughts

I tried thinking of penguins. Ice: cubes, bergs, slush, glaciers, icicles, tea, shave. Snow, hail, polar bears. Krill. Polar regions. Mountaintops. Soaked to the skin from a rushing glacial melt stream trying to get a fire started. Wonder Bread bags stuffed inside rubber boots. Snowball fights. Snow forts. Skating. Cross-country skiing. Sleet. Freezing rain. Wind chill. All these.

Frozen drinks straight from the blender. Brain freeze. Ice cream. Popsicles. Gelato.

Lakes of liquid methane on Enceladus. Life beneath the ice in Antarctica. Superconductors. Accelerator magnets in liquid helium. Liquid nitrogen. Dry ice. Running on Pluto. Ice lantern festival: brrr.


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    1. anniebikes, I believe the tar is carefully selected by trained pavement engineering professionals to withstand summer heat here without too many bubbles. Now, bicycle tire bubbles, that's entirely possible.

  2. I was waiting for the 'hot enough to fry eggs' trick.

    1. I saw the BBC video earlier in the week about trying to do that, and failing, in Death Valley, so I don't think it would work here. Now it turns out that the Death Valley authorities are cracking down on egg frying. No egg frying allowed.

  3. Saw that a Phoenix news crew did bake cookies on a car's dash...


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