Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Mad Scienticians kick it old school

Though the Mad Scienticians had never attempted to create infused vodka before starting this blog, we have a long history of theoretical and practical experimentation in the field of Alconomics, the scientific study of intoxicating beverages. In the theoretical realm, we developed the Drunken Equation, a mathematical representation of an enjoyable drinking experience. Our practical work has been even more extensive over the years. Today we've decided to show our readers a glimpse from our early days of Alconomics: specifically, our very first experiment with Chemical X, on December 30, 2001.

Here, you see the Mad Scienticians as they were in the days of old. As you can see, the laboratory we used in those days was highly unkempt (as were we), but we managed to accomplish our work nevertheless. We acquired a sample of Chemical X this day without any specific plan in mind, we just wanted to see our drinks smoke and bubble. I haven't a clue exactly what type of beverage we are holding here.

A close-up of the beverages reveals the effects of the Chemical X more clearly.

These drinks, if I am not mistaken, are likely to be kamikazes. The clear glasses are much more appropriate for the use of Chemical X.

Alas, Chemical X has a very brief half-life once introduced to liquids. (Notice the rubber glove behind the drink; protective equipment should always be used when handling Chemical X.)

I include this overhead shot only to point out the cocktail recipe to its right. This cocktail, the Amethyst, was a favorite of Wayland's ex-wife, and was once thought long lost after slipping into who knows what drawer, crevice or temporal vortex in that mess of a laboratory. Several years later, we found this photograph, the only known record of the drink.

Lastly, we decided to attempt to re-carbonate a bottle of flat Coke using Chemical X. As the substance evaporated and bubbled through the coke, we realized that most of the carbon dioxide was escaping, making the exercise futile. After playing a bit with CO2-filled rubber gloves, we capped the bottle to retain the gas.

If I remember correctly, the pressure expanded and distorted the bottle, but the Coke still tasted flat. It was worth a try.


Anonymous said...

Um... Capping the bottle with Chemical X and some liquid is the basic recipe for an explosive device I used to enjoy as a much younger person. The time-to-detonation is indeterminate. The force released at detonation is sufficient to shatter the base pedestal of a bird bad made of concrete and send fragments 10m or more. The largest fragment found at the site was 13cm across.

Brendan said...

There wasn't much Chemical X left when we capped it, not enough to burst it. We kept an eye on it though.

Anonymous said...

I invented that!