Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday Words: Plasma Globes

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No one had been injured…that was important to remember.  As hindsight with spectacular telescopic vision showed, the procedure was not smooth in its execution.

Science Fair Booth 206 wanted to create floating incandescent orbs by using plasma globes with various neon gases within, connected to stacks of framed sheets of copper. Then five car batteries would be connected, the switch thrown, and Bob's your uncle.


Many scientific safety protocols and principles were not applied here. Booths 206 through 210 were not occupied at the time.


Thanks go to Delores at Under the Porch Light for challenging writers to create poems, prose, fiction, etc.  Each week Delores provides six unrelated words with which to create something comprehensible, or not.  The above underlined words above are the words provided. Please click on the freezing cardinals in the right sidebar to access her site. Interesting stuff, there.

18 comments:

  1. I'm guessing a few booths went up in smoke...

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    1. It has happened before, will happen again with these young scientists.

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  2. Sounds like an explosively fun time was had by all lol.

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    1. You betcha. they did not first place.

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  3. Bet a boom was heard for miles around

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    1. Yes, and it was awesome. Shattered windows, etc. In theory, it did a lot of damage.

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  4. Made me think of Plath's 'Balloons'.

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    1. It has been some time since I read that.

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  5. Sometimes skirting the rules lead to great discoveries

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    1. In the real science world, yes. With this science fair, no.

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  6. I love the way your mind works on Wednesdays!

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    1. Something about having caffeinated coffee and writing does that.

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  7. No injuries? Massive explosion? I suspect they do think they were winners. And were, though perhaps for reasons they will realise later. I hope they saw the fun. Somehow I am convinced the participants were male...

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    1. Geeky males and nerdy girls make up the majority of science fairs in this fictional school.

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  8. Well, thank heavens those booths weren't occupied.
    But what actually happened? Did the plasma globes explode?

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    1. Since this is fictional, I would have the globes explode, the copper melt, sparks everywhere...Well, that is what I'd like to happen.

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  9. I really should remember to read the other comments first.

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    1. I am thrilled that the story grabbed you and left you wanting more. That's the purpose of short fiction.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!