EDIBLE GLASS

    WHAT YOU NEED
    • Butter
    • Baking sheet
    • 1 cup sugar
    • Heavy stainless steel or nonstick frying pan
    • Large wooden spoon

    WHAT TO DO
    Butter the baking sheet, and place it in the refrigerator. Put the sugar in the frying pan. With adult supervision, set the pan on a burner at low heat. Stir the sugar slowly as it heats up. The sugar will slowly turn tan, stick together in clumps, and begin melting into a pale brown liquid. Continue stirring until the sugar melts into a thick brown liquid. Pour the brown liquid into the cold baking sheet. Let cool.

    WHAT HAPPENS
    The melted sugar hardens into a sheet of edible sugar glass.

    WHY IT WORKS
    Sugar is made of crystals, just like glass, which is made from sand.

    BIZARRE FACTS

    • Most glass is made from a mixture of silicon dioxide (the main ingredient in sand), soda (sodium oxide), and lime (calcium oxide).
    • Silicon dioxide is one of the most inexpensive, most plentiful materials on earth.
    • Fiber optic cable is made from glass and carries far more information than the same size wire cable.
    • In Hollywood films, fake glass windows and fake glass bottles broken over the heads of movie stars were originally made from sugar. Today, they are made from a special resin.
    • Glass can be made more fragile than paper or stronger than steel.
    • Butter was probably discovered by accident. When milk is transported in containers, the agitation naturally makes the cream congeal.

    MR. EAT-IT-ALL
    Gastroenterologists confirmed that Michael Lotito (1950 - 2007) of Grenoble, France, had the uncanny ability to eat and digest glass and metal. During his lifetime, Lotito ate seven television sets, six chandeliers, a computer, ten bicycles, a supermarket cart, a Cessna aircraft, and a coffin. He has been nicknamed Monsieur Mangetout - French for Mr. Eat-It-All. Lotito died of natural causes.

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WARNING: A responsible adult should supervise any young reader who conducts these experiments to avoid potential dangers and injuries. The author has conducted every experiment and has made every reasonable effort to ensure that the experiments are safe when conducted as instructed; however, the author does not assume any liability for damage caused or injury sustained from conducting these projects.

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