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I Need Some Science Experiments to Impress My Children

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. "Daddy," Charlotte asked last night, "do you know any science experiments?" I immediately offered up the groundbreaking study where we submerge a Goldfish cracker in a plastic cup of water, then freeze it. "That's OK, Daddy. Maybe Grandpa knows one."

So now I need everybody's help. I want to compile a massive list of kid-friendly experiments people can try at home. Not just for three-year-olds, either. If you're a parent and have actually tried some cool stuff, let us hear about it. Maybe you did something memorable with your mom or dad. Or you're a science teacher (or big YouTube viewer) with some tricks to share. You can leave descriptions and/or links in the comments.

If you're feeling adventurous and want to film yourself explaining your experiment, I'd love to see it. I'll go through them all, test some, and we'll post a big round-up of the best next week.

2. I read over at The AV Club that Vince Gilligan is talking about a Breaking Bad spinoff for Saul Goodman. If you had the power to greenlight TV series under the condition that all your new shows had to be spinoffs, what characters would you give leading roles? Don't limit yourself to current TV. If you think Paul and Phil from Cheers would have made a nice addition to Must See TV lineup, make your case.

3. What did you have for breakfast this morning? I'm in a breakfast rut.

4. Got a question for the group? Use this slot to ask it. Or if you have a question suggestion for me, fire it over via Twitter @EnglishJason. Enjoy the weekend!

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