Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy 200th Birthday, Robert Bunsen!!

Does the name 'Bunsen' sound familiar? No it's not the F1 driver. That one is Jensen Button.

Ah, the good old days in the high school science lab where we have to heat something up or set something on fire -- remember that peanut during Bio? The one where we measure the calories?

Those were the good days. And we were able to do all that thanks to our school syllabus, our school funds and a guy named Robert Bunsen, the inventor of the Bunsen burner. 8D. One of the most fun things to play with in the lab. Oh, I remember all those burnt pencil tips & ends, the lighted mechanical pencil leads, the pieces of paper, the occasional fireball from leaving the gas on for too long -- speaking of which, one such fireball almost took out a friend of mine, Faris Iylia & myself. Some of the girls left it on too long, finally got the electric lighter and while they were pointing it away from themselves -- and accidentally at us -- out of fear of it going BOOM in their faces, it went BOOM in our faces... Don't worry, everyone escaped unharmed. Though Faris & I were in stitches from laughing it off. Hehe!

So, to the guy who invented an apparatus that makes the high school science lab smell like burnt/burning wood & paper -- among a variety of other odors and scents, I might add --, thank you. 8D

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