We also learned that there are more molecules of water in a pint glass than there are pints in the worlds oceans, and that every pint of water you drink possibly contains up to 10,000 water molecules that used to be in Matt Parker. Think about how most water gets out of us.
Graeme Jones explained what a wonderful element Nitrogen is. No funny spellings here. It’s found everywhere, from making up 78% of the air we breathe, to being a major constituent of explosives, to being a vital element of DNA, the blueprint for life. And he also did some kind of weird dance.
There was a 15 minute break, but time was getting on and the performance was slipping big time. Just before the interval we were treated to Call my Bluff, between the Bang Goes the Theory team and the rest of the performers, including a couple of lucky people from the audience. It was excellent, and I was caught out a couple of times.
The absolute best part of the show was the end. Not that! I mean, the finale, with Andrea Sella attempting to demonstrate 30 elements in 15 minutes. He had 1 litre of Mercury to show us. He reckoned he brought it up on the train, but weighing in at nearly 14Kg I can’t imagine he brought all that, including nearly 60 other elements in a box, plus practical equipment. He showed us stuff like Uranium glass (I’ve got some of that – it’s cool), and used a Neodymium magnet to test for magnetism in the other elements. No prizes for guessing what happened there. One spectacular demonstration didn’t work. So, it wasn’t spectacular then, but it would have been. It was probably just as well that it didn’t work, as it may have been explosive, sending a heavy rubber bung into the audience. The idea was to set off a reaction between Hydrogen and Chlorine gas in a tube with a bung at one end. This is an excellent reaction, as it is set off by bright light. Andreas was going to do another chemical reaction to to produce the light, but lost one of his reagents, so tried to substitute it with another. I’m fairly sure I know what his missing Silver compound was, as I’ve done this reaction myself, and it is certainly spectacular. Combining these two reactions would have been something to see. But we didn’t. Ho hum. Finally, Andrea did the Barking Dog reaction. First in a small tube, then repeated for those who blinked. I was rather frustrated in the end, as you will be momentarily, as my battery ran out just as he was setting up the final Barking Dog reaction in a four foot (yes 4ft!) reinforced glass tube. It was incredible and was a spectacular end to a spectacular evening. I keep using that word – spectacular – but that sums up the entire evening. I had an extra £20 taxi fare to round off with, but, in the end, it was worth it. I hope you enjoy the video.