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The wizardry of water

June 17th, 2014 · 39 comments

Jake in Vermont says that the sign of the left showed up after the sign on the right failed to get the job done. (And you thought you’d never put that high school chemistry to use!)

Ice will become liquid at room temperature so please refrain from discarding ice in the trash as well.

related: Right, I still don’t understand this water/ice thing

extra credit: Mr. Wizard = kind of a jerk [youtube]

FILED UNDER: garbage · ice · It's science! · Vermont

39 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Otakinator

    Fucking ice cubes, how do they work?

    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   kermit

      And yet the co-worker’s sister in law still doesn’t know how ice cubes work and throws them in the trash. See, any idiot can make $83/hr, act like a douchebag, and once they’re done throw their douchebag on the floor beside the trash can.

      Jun 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   The Elf

      Douche is liquid, so you can’t throw it in the trash can.

      Jun 18, 2014 at 6:31 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #2   Quite Contrary

    No ice. Check. No water. Check. Diet soda okay?

    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #3   NeenerBeeners

    Will there be enough liquid in the plastic trash bag to cause an insidious problem thereby necessitating the need for two signs telling us about the properties of water and what not. Possibly people relieve themselves here or dispose of liquid nitrogen or gasoline in this trash can? There are so many liquids I feel we should be more specific.

    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Dane Zeller

      I see a need for at least eleven more signs, including the one about disposing uncapped, mostly empty pancake syrup containers.

      Jun 18, 2014 at 10:22 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Sue Elleker

      Liquid nitrogen isn’t a problem-it turns to gas very quickly at room temperature.

      Jun 21, 2014 at 2:16 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #4   Lita bang

    Clearly they’re just worried about the risks of dihydrogen monoxide. It’s deadly at large concentrations, you know.

    Jun 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #5   Poltergeist

    Aww, no ice cubes or sulfuric acid in the trash can? Damn.

    Well at least they didn’t say anything about used hypodermic needles!

    Jun 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #6   Moe

    At a job I had years ago, there was a workstation that several people took turns using, and under this workstation was a cardboard box that served as a trash receptacle. Nothing gross ever got thrown away in there — mostly paper — so it worked just fine.

    But we had this one coworker. Perfectly nice person, except every afternoon when she was done with her iced tea, she’d throw her cup full of ice into the cardboard box. We told her again and again not to do it, but she still did it every single day, automatically and without thinking about it. We’d remind her, and she’d go, “Whoops, I forgot all about that.” And then she’d do it again the next day. Eventually we gave up. I still remember the rattling crash it made as it landed, and every time I heard it, I’d think, “Yep, she did it again.”

    (And no, the company wasn’t going to spring for a plastic wastebasket. We’re talking about a place that, in 1996, was still using computers that ran DOS and had 5.25-inch floppy drives and color monitors where the only color was bright orange.)

    Jun 17, 2014 at 11:38 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   DaveS

      Still using DOS in ’96 isn’t so bad. It was around ’95 or ’96 that we retired the last of our key punch machines.

      Jun 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   The Beast Among Us

      Wait, people don’t use DOS anymore?

      Jun 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #7   ramentastic


    Jun 18, 2014 at 1:00 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf


      Jun 18, 2014 at 6:31 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

  • #8   TRT

    Ice Ice Baby.

    Jun 18, 2014 at 4:23 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   The Elf

      The employees here will not stop, collaborate, and listen. That’s why they had to use a note.

      Jun 18, 2014 at 6:33 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Lita bang

      But can we throw Ice-T in the trash?

      Jun 18, 2014 at 10:58 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #9   Kasaba

    My old boss used to “water” the pot plant on my colleague’s desk with the dregs from his tea cup at the end of the day. I sat with my back to her desk, but turned around and “caught” him doing it once. He looked a bit shocked and embarrassed and then went “Shhhhhh, don’t tell her”.

    Jun 18, 2014 at 6:50 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Lisa S.

      I think the tea was the least of your co-worker’s problems if she was growing a pot plant at work.

      Jun 18, 2014 at 7:30 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Kasaba


      Jun 18, 2014 at 8:22 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Jami

      The tannin in tea is suppose to be very good for plants. So he was just being a good gardener.

      Jun 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #9.4   DaveS

      A woman my mother used to work with did this once. This was back in the late ’70s or early ’80s.

      She found the plant growing in the woods behind her house and thought it was a pretty fern. So she potted it and brought it in to work. She was amazed at how fast and big it was growing, until someone walking by stopped and told her what she was growing.

      When she realized they weren’t joking, she freaked out, dragged it to the ladies room and tore it into pieces, flushing them down the toilet. She was terrified she was going to be arrested!

      Jun 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #10   Lisa S.


    Commercial trash bags lined at the bottom with the gel stuff from disposable diapers.


    Feel free to steal that, I’ll never do anything with it.

    Jun 18, 2014 at 7:29 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   GhostWriter bang

      I could use those trash bags as undergarments for long road trips!

      Jun 18, 2014 at 8:24 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #11   GhostWriter bang

    A black Sharpie could edit that “AS WELL” at the end of the note into something more personal.

    Jun 18, 2014 at 8:41 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #12   lo-fi pi

    Always follow liquid disposal by copious amounts of paper towel from the kitchen. Get Viva brand and you could pick the towel out again without it even tearing. It’s the little rutilations of V-shapes that trap moisture, promoting an evenly-wicked spread of moisture across the entire surface of the paper square. V for Viva. Ask for it by name.

    Jun 18, 2014 at 11:17 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #13   lo-fi pi

    Always follow liquid disposal by copious amounts of paper towel from the kitchen. Get Viva brand and you could pick the towel out again without it even tearing. It’s the little rutilations of V-shapes that trap moisture, promoting an evenly-wicked spread of moisture across the entire surface of the paper square. V for Viva. Ask for it by name.

    PS: Douche: liquid. (It’s French for ‘shower’.) Douchebag: not liquid. So simple you could commit this to memory. (Strong suggestion there.)

    Jun 18, 2014 at 11:20 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #14   The Beast Among Us

    What’s worse: liquids in the trash, or trash in the sink?

    Jun 18, 2014 at 11:37 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #15   HeadDummy

    I lost my recipe for ice…can someone send it to me.

    Jun 18, 2014 at 11:38 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   GhostWriter bang

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      Jun 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #16   assiveProgressive

    If they turned the room temperature down to 25F or so, they would not have to worry about ice cubes melting in the trash.

    Jun 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #17   Hal

    I once tried to take a water bottle half full of ice through airport security. The TSA agent told me I couldn’t — no liquids. I said, “I’ll toss it out, no problem… but it’s a solid.” The guy insisted it was a liquid. I’ve never felt safer than at that moment, knowing the caliber of individual we have on the front lines of national security.

    Jun 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Tesselara

      That’s an interesting argument, actually. The item in question is in a solid state at this moment, but unless you had an on-flight freezer, its solid state is temporary, and it would soon be a liquid on board. The TSA agent is right in a temporal sense. No current or future liquids allowed on the flight. I guess it’s like saying to someone with a bomb in their hand: “no exploding things allowed on the flight” and being replied with: “but it’s not exploding right now.”

      Jun 19, 2014 at 8:36 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #17.2   Poltergeist

      TSA agent: “No liquids on board.”

      Obnoxious passenger (aka me): “The human body is composed of about 60% water. Are you telling me I cannot board this plane? I will sue you for discrimination against the adequately hydrated!”

      Jun 19, 2014 at 8:53 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #17.3   kermit

      40% of you that’s not water can board the plane. The rest of you has to stay behind.

      Jun 19, 2014 at 10:47 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #17.4   The Beast Among Us

      More like the TSA agent telling you that you cannot bring all those parts to the bomb on board, and you telling him it’s not a bomb because you haven’t assembled it yet.

      Jun 20, 2014 at 2:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #17.5   assiveProgressive

      Would the clear liquid used to make bombs freeze and thaw as readily as water? Where’s that chemist dude?

      Jun 23, 2014 at 9:06 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

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  • #19   Henry Valdez

    ice being solid water and melting would be more of physics thing as the chemical composition has not changed, the ice is just in a crystalline organization due to the lack of energy in the means of heat

    Aug 21, 2014 at 3:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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