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Wow, what a terribly dangerous experiment.

I've seen it done loads of times without any problems.It is definately a demo for chemistry teachers rather than pupils which is why I've added the safety warning to the chemistry experiment page

Maybe the Wikipedia would be better served with chemistry experiments that don't involve heating unstable chemicals until they melt...

personally I'm in favour of just adding information to wikipedia and not worrying how best to serve it. Although you do have a point. So far in wikipedia, not many experiments have been added at all. Lot's of science info, but no practical advice. I suppose we do have some responsibility towards potential readers. I'd hate to be in anyway responsible for someone getting hurt. Yet, to self-censure info goes against the grain for me. It's also IMO against the whole idea of an encyclopaedia, which is supposed to represent all knowledge not just the knowledge which is safe to know. I suppose the solution is to add safety warnings and suggest alternative chemicals on the page.

And does this really need its own page? Might be better to just expand the "Chemistry practicals" page...

I'm hoping that the chemistry practicals page will grow into a very long list. Besides with it's own page it can be linked to pages on energy in food etc.

I think it's brilliant! :) Except that... is it really an encyclopaedia article? It seems to me that an article would say something like, "The screaming jelly babies experiment is a demonstration of the oxidizing power of potassium chlorate, first performed in 1827 by Michael Faraday," or something along those lines - describing what the experiment is, rather than giving instructions on how to do it. I wouldn't have thought that an encyclopaedia should be an instruction manual. But then again, I've seen quite a few things like this - recipes and so on - so maybe there is a consensus to allow such things... -- Oliver P. 19:33 Feb 12, 2003 (UTC)
I agree with Oliver. It needs a bit of a tweak to read more like an encyclopedia article. A backlink to Chemistry practicals would be good too... though Chemistry practicals needs renaming -- Tarquin 21:31 Feb 12, 2003 (UTC)

Ok I've added an itro to make it partially more like a typical article. As for renaming chemistry practicals I was thinking of renaming it School Chemistry experiments and demonstrations, and doing the same with physics and biology practicals - what do you think? Theresa knott

Encyclopedic or note, this is an excellent article in that it enlightens and visualises a somewhat abstract aspect like energy in the food we eat. On a related not: in the UK an expert had a "show" where he would dunk a Digestive biscuit in liquid oxygen and then set fire to it with a match. Flames were spectacular and presumably people would think twice before pigging out on sweets.

Centigrade or Fahrenheit?[edit]

If we are to have an effective and safe article on this, it'd be nice to have it state the temperature scale it uses. Ideas? --Kizor 20:04, 23 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is no mention of temperature anywhere on the page as far as I can see. The 60 ° is an angle not a temperature. Theresa Knott | Taste the Korn 20:49, 23 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. I think I need to go get some sleep now. --Kizor 23:21, 23 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Jelly Babies[edit]

I don't see what in this experiment is particular to jelly babies, even if they're a popular example. As such, while it is significant in principle (as much as the notion of a baking soda and vinegar volcano), it needs renaming. Fearwig 05:27, 22 August 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The use of a jelly baby is an important bit of theater in this experiment. You could use anything that contains a lot of sugar, but the anthropomorphism provides a very gruesome show that appeals to kids. --Tony Sidaway 14:52, 9 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Sorry to sound like the stupid American here, but this article is clearly written for a British audience. Can someone please explain to me what the hell "Open Evenings" are?! (talk) 09:01, 13 July 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Agreed. Per the relevant policy, I've attempted to commonalize the language while retaining British spellings (and I linked "open evening" to the relevant page). ʍw 19:23, 22 March 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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