Jack and Sam's

Dangerous Thing #1: Lick a 9-Volt Battery

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Taste Electricity

Location: Austin, Tx.
Date: May 3 & 9, 2010
Objects: 9-volt battery and aluminum foil

This photo speaks a mouthful. Sam was NOT a fan of this dangerous thing. We tried this together, me first. Nervous, not knowing what to expect, I was stunned by the shock it produced. Sam was game to give it a go despite my reaction, however he was none too pleased afterwords. He reported that the quick touch of terminal to tongue resulted in a jolt that “hurt”. And not a momentary experience of pain, but one that lasted “too long” … “for hours!”

We followed up a week later with the alternate, aluminum foil version. We both don’t think we felt electricity, but it did leave a less than good taste in our mouths. The action of eating foil was fun, bizarre! Personally, I love doing these experiments with Sam, we are connecting and being silly and recording our experiences helps to integrate and synthesize “what just happened?!”

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  1. That face is priceless!

    My son and I are working on a couple videos in which we try some of Gever’s dangerous things and our own dangerous thing (#50 I think). I’ve just put you on my RSS feed reader and I’ll let you know when the videos are up in case you are interested.

  2. I remember doing this, at parental urging, when I was about 5. It didn’t really hurt much, per se, possibly because the battery was not new, but I do still remember that crazy taste!

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