January 8, 2005

Physicists at play

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at January 8, 2005 2:33 PM

If the UCB physics holiday party were like this, I'd actually go.

It's long been a tradition at the Physics and Astronomy Party to plug wires into a dill pickle and set it aglow. It's a simple trick that takes place on the back-deck table, and at this year's gathering a student was given the job of sinking the wires into either end of the vegetable. "The tough part," my father joked, "is not to get electrocuted." The young lady set down her beer, securely lodged the wires, then plugged in the cord. The pickle turned an alien yellow, began to hum like a spaceship, and started cooking from the inside out. For 30 minutes the students played this game, laughing and rearranging the wires, adding more pickles, pouring beer over them, and somehow managing not to fry one another.

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If I end up back in No Cal, we'll have to implement some of these things. :)

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Posted by: Mason | January 8, 2005 7:25 PM

That is truly an excellent proposal.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | January 8, 2005 9:56 PM

Can UCB geophysicists come, too? Our holiday party is tedious and not free.

Posted by: Wren | January 9, 2005 11:09 AM

Absolutely! In fact, you have exactly the sort of expertise in blowing shit up that we'd be looking for. :)

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | January 9, 2005 11:26 AM
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