Bet You Can!: Science Possibilities to Fool You

Bet You Can!: Science Possibilities to Fool You

by Kathy Darling, Stella Ormai
     
 

Learn every trick in the book with this amazing collection of science possibilities to fool you. These challenges will seem impossible, but you can do each and every one of them. You can't lose because the odds are all stacked in your favor. The key to your success is science, the big puzzle solver. With the help of secrets about the human body, matter, and energy,…  See more details below

Overview

Learn every trick in the book with this amazing collection of science possibilities to fool you. These challenges will seem impossible, but you can do each and every one of them. You can't lose because the odds are all stacked in your favor. The key to your success is science, the big puzzle solver. With the help of secrets about the human body, matter, and energy, you can perform superhero acts you didn't know were possible. Learn to hang a spoon on the end of your nose, make a sugar cube float, and keep a ball in the air for hours.

Surprise yourself, fool your friends, and amaze your teachers. With science as your secret ally, you can make fun out of impossible situations. You can bet on it!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Add this to Wanna Bet? Science Challenges to Fool You, and Bet You Can't! Science Impossibilities to Fool You for an indispensable trio. I've yet to see elementary or college students (or their teachers) tire of "catching" friends and family with "tricks" gleaned from these one-per-page-or-two challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380821808
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/1983
Series:
Avon Camelot Books Series
Pages:
111
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.47(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

The Human Wonder

Who is the Human Wonder? It's not Superman, Wonder Woman, or even the Incredible Hulk. It's someone with the power of science. Surprise! It's you.

You can perform "superhero" acts you didn't know were possible. We're going to reveal some of your unbelievable powers in this chapter. The Incredible Hulk may well envy your ability to hold down someone with a single thread, and you can "outsuper" Superman with secret messages sent by your blood.

The most surprising thing of all is that these talents have been there all along. But most people can't use these quirks of taste, touch, and sight without the kind of help we're going to give you. The capacity of the human mind and body has long fascinated scientists. Their testing, stressing, and pushing of the limits of the human being have led to many useful discoveries. This chapter probably will not introduce things that will make medical history. The "Human Wonders" were selected for the highest possible "fun and stun" factors...but this is just the beginning.... Who is the Human Wonder? It's not Superman, Wonder Woman, or even the Incredible Hulk. It's someone with the power of science. Surprise! It's you.

You can perform "superhero" acts you didn't know were possible. We're going to reveal some of your unbelievable powers in this chapter. The Incredible Hulk may well envy your ability to hold down someone with a single thread, and you can "outsuper" Superman with secret messages sent by your blood.

The most surprising thing of all is that these talents have been there all along. But most people can't use these quirks of taste, touch, and sightwithout the kind of help we're going to give you. The capacity of the human mind and body has long fascinated scientists. Their testing, stressing, and pushing of the limits of the human being have led to many useful discoveries. This chapter probably will not introduce things that will make medical history. The "Human Wonders" were selected for the highest possible "fun and stun" factors...but this is just the beginning....

Foot Feat

BET YOU CAN TELL SHOE SIZES WITHOUT LOOKING AT FEET!

THE SETUP: Measure the distance from your elbow to your wrist. Then measure the length of your foot.

THE FIX: Nobody would guess it, but the two measurements are the same. Your body has some very surprising proportions. It's hard to believe that the distance around a closed fist also is the length of your foot. Still another fooler is that the distance from fingertip to fingertip of your outstretched arms is the same as your height.

The convenience of such "portable" measuring devices led to the use of the parts of the body as linear measurements: the first knuckle of the thumb (inch), the foot, the distance from fingertip to nose (yard), and the hand (four inches), which is used to measure horses.

Keeping the Lids On

BET YOU CAN ROLL YOUR EYEBALLS SO THAT YOU CAN'T OPEN YOUR EYES!

THE SETUP: Roll your eyeballs so that you are looking up as high as you can. Do not tilt your head backward. Now close your eyes Keep your eyeballs in the raised position and try to open you eyes.

THE FIX: This is impossible. The muscles that are required to raise the eyelids are already hard at work in the opposite direction keeping the eyeballs looking upward. In fact, there are many peo ple who can't even shut their eyes with their eyeballs rolled back So if you are one of these, shut your eyelids and roll back you eyeballs under your closed eyelids. Now try to open your eyelids

Hot Stuff

BET YOU CAN TASTE HOT PEPPERS WITH YOUR WRIST!

THE SETUP: Place a few drops of Tabasco sauce on the inside of your wrist. Wait a few minutes.

THE FIX: In a few minutes you will definitely feel a burning sensation on your wrist. The burning sensation is not as great as the burning sensation you would feel on your tongue, which has the most receptors for the "hot" chemicals.

In Tabasco sauce and other "hot" spices there is a chemical that triggers nerves that respond to "hotness." Be sure and wash the Tabasco sauce off your wrist with soap and water when you have finished the experiment. Hot peppers can cause irritation over a prolonged period.

Write Wrong

BET YOU CAN WRITE BACKWARD!

THE SETUP: Hold an index card against your forehead. Write a word on the card going from your left to your right. Imagine you are writing normally. Don't stop to think about it.

THE FIX: You won't be able to read what you have written. unless you hold it up to a mirror. Amazing, but you have perfect mirror writing. Ordinarily you would not be able to do this, but when you hold the paper against your forehead the right and left sides of your brain get confused and a mirror or backward image of normal writing occurs. Great for making secret codes!

Only by a Thread...

BET YOU CAN HOLD A FRIEND ON THE GROUND WITH A THREAD!

THE SETUP: Get a friend to lie face up on the ground. Hold the ends of a piece of thread about two feet long in your hands. Place the middle of the thread under your friend's nose. Now let your friend attempt to stand up.

THE FIX: The "thread victim" will have to lie helplessly on the...

Bet You Can!. Copyright © by Vicki Cobb. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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