Did you know that bacon can be both delicious AND educational? Not only is bacon perfect for putting in your mouth, but it also gives you something to feed your brain. While my idea of a bacon science project would probably be something a lot closer to “Studying The Effects of Bacon As A Motivator” (I would be my own ideal test subject, of course), it turns out that bacon is a pretty cool and science-worthy subject all on its own.
While we definitely recommend that you exercise extreme caution while attempting any of these experiments (and make sure that any kiddos in the vicinity have all the parental supervision that they may need), some of these experiments are totally worth trying out for yourself. On the other hand, others are definitely something you’ll want to leave for the professionals. Either way, they are all pretty interesting. Now, brace yourselves, bacon lovers, it is time to do some science!
Bacon Smoke Screen
Science Level: Advanced
“Besides a delicious experiment for your tastebuds…” bacon can also be harnessed as a ninja cloaking device. We can only imagine that this would produce the best-smelling smoke screen ever! This experiment works by using bacon grease as a fuel. Thanks for this explosive experiment, Scientific Tuesdays!
Science Level: Expert
While this in no way is something that you should try on your own, it is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The bacon lance is a specialized plasma torch that uses bacon as a fuel source. The flaming bacon lance is powerful enough to cut right through steel!
Science Level: Don’t Even Think About It
If we’re ever going to achieve our dreams of getting bacon into space, then bacon rockets are clearly something we should be devoting out time and scientific energy towards. However, it turns out that, at the present moment, the technology of the bacon rocket is a little bit lacking, as the…flight path is still rather unpredictable. Keep at it, bacon scientists, and I know you will find success!
Science and bacon have actually enjoyed a close relationship since antiquity. The great thinker Sir Francis Bacon, the patron saint of modern intellectual bacon-ery, argued that the scientific method should be the most privileged form of inquiry:
“There are and can be only two ways of searching into and discovering truth. The one flies from the senses and particulars to the most general axioms, and from these principles, the truth of which it takes for settled and immovable, proceeds to judgement and middle axioms. And this way is now in fashion. The other derives axioms from the senses and particulars, rising by a gradual and unbroken ascent, so that it arrives at the most general axioms last of all. This is the true way, but as yet untried.”
Deep bacon thoughts!