Oh man. This is fantastic.
“The Swedish Chef does not speak any known language, and the fact that his nonsense words are so widely interpreted as Swedish-sounding is bewildering and annoying to Swedes.”
“Riad, one of 18 members of the prestigious Swedish Academy, which determines who wins the Nobel Prize in literature, wrote an article in the Swedish language magazine Spraktidningen titled “Börk Börk Börk. Ehula Hule de Chokolad Muus.””
““There are three things that people talk to Swedes about pretty uniformly: the Swedish Chef, Abba, and Ikea.””
Hahahaha. Gotta love the Swedes.
My mom bought me this snazzy little silicon ice cube tray (ice flower tray, actually) from IKEA when she was up here, and I finally got around to filling it with water a few days ago. Today I opened the freezer to get something else, and got a strange little surprise from my ice cube tray:
Ice spikes! I don’t know about you guys, but I pretty much never make/use ice cubes, so this was a new phenomenon to me. So I thought, “hey, water’s weirder than hell, this probably has something to do with its special freezing properties.”*
So I Googled “Ice spikes” and what do you know—that’s actually what they’re called. Usually they’re a lot bigger and more impressive, but conditions in which they form are usually more favorable than “Claudia’s freezer.”
They form when conditions are just below freezing and arise due to a fact we all know: water expands when it freezes. When conditions are appropriate, a thin layer of ice can forms over the surface of the water. However, if the integrity of the ice layer is compromised in a certain place, the water beneath it, still in the process of freezing, can be forced up through the opening in the upper ice layer as it continues to expand. This can also happen if there’s a bubble trapped in the water.
Me being me, I’d like to see a comparison of the average size of ice spikes formed in ice cube trays made of non-expandable material (hard plastics) versus those formed in ice cube trays made of more flexible (and possibly expandable?) material like silicon.
*This thought was shortly followed by, “SCIENCE BLOG!”
Today’s song: UPular by Pogo
My mom is here, yay! Moving has officially commenced.
And now: geekery!
IKEA is probably the single greatest place ever. We went there tonight ‘cause my mom’s never been in one and wanted to go. Let’s just say that if the whole world was run like an IKEA store, things would move a lot more smoothly. The whole building was like a grid of complete, organized happiness. I was flipping out about the sheer efficiency of the place, my mom was flipping out about the cool kitchen stuff they had. I also got a very awesome rug that you shall see once I get pictures up of my new snazzy apartment.
Sorry, I’m in a “Claudia gets a kick out of math” phase and you’re just going to have to deal with it.
I have made two realizations as of late: I haven’t read anything that wasn’t from my classic books list (except for maybe five books) since 6th grade. I also realized when speaking to another friend about NaNoWriMo that I constructed my novel entirely around a “divide by zero” pun, which is about as bad as a pun addiction can get.
Today’s song: Beautiful, Dirty, Rich by Lady Gaga