So I made this short video:
… because a week earlier I read this awesome hurricane preparation tip:
If an evacuation is required, one should freeze a nice, clear, full, pint-sized glass of water into solid ice and put a penny on the top of the ice in the freezer. Given that power outages can vary from block to block for varying lengths of time, and that power can be restored before one can return home, it is very possible to arrive after an evacuation to a fridge and freezer working normally. However, if you find the penny at the bottom of an almost-full glass of solid ice, you can toss your bags of food in the trash without even opening them. The penny at the bottom of the glass of ice means that power was out long enough for the ice to melt all the way through. Long enough so that the stuff in the bags is surely re-frozen and re-chilled spoiled food.
That’s the #anyqs game, everybody. Take what you find interesting and turn it into something challenging, something provocative for someone else. We’re great at assigning questions, at writing them down in textbooks or on the whiteboard and using the power of the state to force students to answer them. (“Do you want a bad grade?!”) We have much less practice at provoking questions, at putting students in situations that make them wonder, “Whoa. What just happened back there?”
This has been an attempt at that.
BTW: The big behind-the-scenes dilemma, for whatever it’s worth, was whether or not to include a final shot showing me dump a bunch of food from the freezer into the trash.
There is a better way, however. Take a used water-bottle, put a little water in it, and freeze it *upside down*. Then store it in the freezer *right side up*. If you ever find the ice at the bottom of the bottle, there has been a thaw. This eliminates the uncertainty introduced by the “ice skate effect”.