Archive for March 6th, 2011

Splitting the Pea

March 6, 2011 @ 8:54 pm | Filed under: ,

Jane takes a chemistry lab class once a week and last week she casually informed me that they had extracted DNA from split peas in class.

Me: Bwah?
Jane: Yep, with a blender.

She told me how it worked and it sounded extremely cool and I asked for the directions. She found the experiment written up here, at the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center (but warned me, as I shall now warn you, that the background color is an assault on the eyes).

What you need:

A small glass
A long toothpick or wooden stick
A DNA source (split peas)
Contact lens solution
A blender
A measuring container
Rubbing alcohol
A test tube (optional)

Click through for instructions.

Mind: Blown

March 6, 2011 @ 7:33 am | Filed under:

Wonderboy, inquiring about my evening plans: What will you do at twelve o’clock?

(We’ve already covered nine, ten, and eleven o’clock.)

Me: I’ll go to bed, probably.

Rilla (gasps): Twelve o’clock at night?

Me: Yup.

Rilla, incredulous: You mean there are minutes in the night??