Saturday, 20 December 2008

Death of a Jelly Baby

I never could get the hang of chemistry at school. You'd mix together two innocuous substances, burn them, get a funny smell and that would demonstrate one thing, then you'd do it all again with two other substances, get much the same result and that would prove something else. Then you'd repeat this for several years and have to sit an exam at the end of it all. Which I failed, of course.

Maybe all the teachers needed was to make the subject more relevant to real life. Apparently some of them have already begun this, as exmplified by the "Screaming Jelly Baby" experiment. Supposedly this demonstrates respiration - the use of oxygen to transfer energy, and involves giving a jelly baby an oxidising agent.

It just looks like any other incomprehensible chemistry to me, but at least the one here is entertainingly filmed:

Have a good weekend!


Bee said...


Bee said...

I wonder if the liquid afterward taste like kool aid.

Jean Knee said...

seems like a waste of a perfectly good tube of liquidized potassium chlorate to me.

what a shame

Dan said...

It wasn't a waste if it amused Brian.

Brian o vretanos said...


I'm not sure - maybe you should try an experiment of your own?

Jean Knee:

I agree - I prefer my potassium chlorate unsweetened too.



Jean Knee said...

Guess where I'm going?? To a jumping party, yeeeesss. Apparently a bunch of 6 year olds run around and jump on thes inflated house type things.

Brian o vretanos said...

Well, have a nice time.

What am I saying? You're a glutton for punishment ;-)

Chris Wood said...

Hmm. This would explain why my attempts to mix melted potassium chloride and sweets keeps ending with my stomach exploding.

Someone should've told me earlier.

Brian o vretanos said...


They didn't tell me about exploding jelly babies at school either - I think we both must have had depraved childhoods, or something.