r/mildlyinteresting Jan 26 '22 Silver 7 Helpful 4 Wholesome 6

These bubbles in shape of the spoon

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u/Country_Yokel Jan 26 '22 Silver Helpful

The rough edges of spoon create nucleation sites for the dissolved gasses in the water. The gasses come out of solution at these sites and float directly to the surface of the water, creating the outline that you see.

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u/ME5SENGER_24 Jan 26 '22

This is the reason you’ll also see laser etchings at the bottom of beer pint glasses, Sam Adams did it with their perfect pint glass

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u/Country_Yokel Jan 26 '22

I love this. Beer science is the best science!

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u/NorthernerWuwu Jan 26 '22

Hrm, not sure I agree about the thinner glass maintaining cooler temperatures better bit. Of course, it depends what temp your glass starts at but if you chill your glasses first then the more mass the better!

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u/Wisc_Bacon Jan 27 '22

As a Wisconsinite I too claim their theory as false. All depends on starting temps, most tap beers will warm that thin glass quick. I think you could chill yer bottles/cans and work with narrow glass though - which I think is what most do at home.

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u/abigscaryhobo Jan 27 '22

They also started in Boston which has lower year round temps than southern states so maybe that influenced the design? In Texas youd want a frozen glass cause it's hot but that's not as much of a concern in Boston? Just spitballing.

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u/Coupon_Ninja Jan 27 '22

Good thinking. But I think most people would drink indoors (bar or at home) so outdoor temp isn’t usually a factor. Sporting events would serve in cans or plastic cups.

Another minor point I was disagreeing with is that the colder the beer is, the less flavorful it is. the english drink it warm, but it’s a little off putting to me. But too cold then you could be missing some flavor notes.

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u/PliffPlaff Jan 27 '22

Not just the English. The Belgians are famous for their "warm" beers. You're quite right about the temperature/taste balance. The beers that do need to be served warmer than fridge temperature often have roasted malt notes that get unpleasantly bitter and sour if cold.

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u/Coupon_Ninja Jan 27 '22

Yup. I was specifically thinking about vanilla porters. I had a sixer last week and noticed this. Amber Bachs, and so called “Black IPAs” as well.

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u/UhmairicanPuhtaytoe Jan 27 '22

I get the logic, but Sam Adams is a brewery that started in the 80's. This glass is a fairly new design in reference to the history of beer, ya know? Not like it was designed before refrigeration was a thing.

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u/UhmairicanPuhtaytoe Jan 27 '22

Not sure where that link/graphic came from. Sam Adams has a web page that describes the design much better:

To keep the brew cold, we used a narrower glass base to reduce the impact of heat from the drinker’s hand.

Thin glass doesn't keep the beer cold, right? But a thinner diameter toward the base of this glassware means less surface area comtact for your hand to warm the beer.

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u/NorthernerWuwu Jan 27 '22

If the glass starts out colder than the beer, thicker glass will keep the beer colder. If the glass starts out warmer than the beer, thinner glass will warm it less.

If the air outside is colder than the beer, thicker glass will keep it from freezing quicker though and that's worth saying for a cheesehead. At best though, I used to go ice fishing in Québec with a guy that literally had a kegerator and double-walled pint glasses and I really should have found out where he got them! Basically little thermoses, I can only assume not so popular because of cost and ease of breakage.

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u/the_crouton_ Jan 27 '22

It is actually a pilsner glass, with an etching in the base. A pilsner is what you'd think as a typical European beer flavor wise. And is known for is crisp, non filling flavor. Carbonation usually a touch higher.. this was also created before mass refrigeration was a thing.

But a Boston Lager has a little more malt to it, and the change in temperature makes it taste even sweeter/toastier as it opens up. Making it more palatable for a lot of people.

I love beer and this is an example I love to use with people to make them appreciate differences.

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u/_Keep_Summer_Safe Jan 26 '22

Hey, I have those glasses!

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u/Jayleerasora Jan 27 '22

There is no spoon.

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u/[deleted] Jan 27 '22

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u/ME5SENGER_24 Jan 27 '22

Can’t speak for anything but beer, but the laser etching helps the release of carbonation and can create a steady stream of bubble emanating from the etched portion of the glass. This works by CO2 releasing (dissolving into gas) when it comes in contact with the rough surface of the nucleation points. The nucleation point increases the amount of bubbles released when compared side by side with a non-nucleated beer glass. Additionally a laser etched nucleation site within the glass maintains flavor release during the drinking experience.

So it could work for other beverages, I suppose but who needs other beverages when you could just have a delicious pint of beer?

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u/PARKOUR_ZOMBlE Jan 27 '22

Holy crap! Came here to say this and feel smart, now I’m just impressed!

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u/Digital_Buddha_ Jan 27 '22

Also

"Dishes, cutlery and glassware sometimes have residue that we, the thirsty and hungry innocent, simply cannot see. So, here’s the trick to immediately know if you’re dealing with dirty glassware: look for carbonation bubbles on the inside of your glass. Beer’s carbonation colonizes on the what should be forbidden funk clinging to the interior of any beer vessel.

With the exception of laser-etched glassware, clean glass should be smooth enough to leave none of the irregularities on which bubbles like to form. When bubbles cling to the sides of your beer glass, it is a huge red flag signaling that residual food and often soap (yuck!) is present in your beer and entering your body.” - craftbeer.com

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u/[deleted] Jan 27 '22

yet plenty of breweries around still serving in plastic cups. like how can you call yourself a brewery and serve... in plastic?

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u/MaxMouseOCX Jan 27 '22

smaller grip

Do people pick their pint up like that? I feel like I'd be inclined to grab the bigger section.

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 26 '22

I have no idea what I just read. Must be true!

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u/AlekBalderdash Jan 26 '22 Gold

The water has gas dissolved in it, just like when salt or sugar are dissolved in water.

The gasses stick to things with rough parts, growing in size to form bubbles. Then the bubbles do bubble stuff and float to the surface.

This is actually weirdly similar to how crystals form. It's possible to have liquid water at below freezing temperatures if there's nothing for the water to "stick to" and make ice. Sometimes this happens in a bottle of water and shaking it a bit causes it to crystalize into ice. I've only seen it once in person, it was fairly trippy.

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

This is how you explain something to a dumdum like me! Bubbles do bubble stuff

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u/halcyonjm Jan 27 '22

Bubbles go in, bubbles come out; you can't explain that.

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u/[deleted] Jan 27 '22

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u/smithers85 Jan 27 '22

How to explain it to my penis

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u/CornCheeseMafia Jan 27 '22

Rough edges make the bubbly water itchy so the bubbles get extra bubbly

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u/HumanFart Jan 27 '22

If the temperature is below freezing try leaving a bottle of water in your car overnight.

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u/Sociallyawktrash78 Jan 27 '22

The phenomenon works the other way too, and you can superheat water in the microwave by accident. If the water is pure enough and the container smooth enough, then there aren’t any nucleation sites for bubbles to form as the water reaches boiling temp. No bubbles + the surface tension of the water can cause gaseous water to be trapped below a layer of cooler liquid water on top, until somebody picks up or jostles the bowl and it all evaporates at once in a steam explosion.

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u/cheechy Jan 27 '22

But when they float they move around and dissolve. How did they stay in place long enough for the shape?

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u/AlekBalderdash Jan 27 '22

Not sure what you're asking, but I'll try.

Fill a bowl with water and put some light objects in it. Leaves, cheerios, matchsticks, whatever. You may notice that the objects like to stick together. If they drift nearby, they tend to be attracted to each other and accelerate toward each other and then stick together.

I assume this is caused by surface tension or something. Not 100% sure.

In any case, it demonstrates the idea of nucleation sites. The objects were perfectly happy to float around on their own, but they are attracted to other things and stick to them.

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u/the_honest_liar Jan 27 '22

It's ghosts.

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u/Bullying_Is_Funny Jan 26 '22

Just learnt about nucleation sites from another post haha

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u/lankist Jan 27 '22

Mmm, yes, I know some of these words.

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u/SmashBusters Jan 27 '22

float directly to the surface of the water

This made me suspicious as bubbles tend to drift when they rise.

At first I thought "maybe that's only in waters with a lot of diffusion going on".

Then I realized that large bubbles are more prone to drift than small bubbles.

I wondered why that is. Brownian motion should do the opposite. But then I realized that Brownian motion is too small even for the teeny tiny bubbles so that's not it regardless.

Then I finally realized it's likely due to water tension. Larger bubbles are on the scale of a beaded water drop on a hydrophobic surface. At that size the bubble deforms chaotically which changes the natural path it flows upward.

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u/Sarahthelizard Jan 27 '22

Ok there hank green (thanks for explaining tho 😘)

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u/RuralJurorSr Jan 27 '22

Maybe you can tell me why if I leave a metal ice cream scoop in the metal bucket full of water overnight there are little flakes all over the scooper that rinse off. What are the little flakes?

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u/stevenmeyerjr Jan 27 '22

This guy spoons

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u/LLL9000 Jan 27 '22

I thought the bubbles meant it wasn’t clean

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u/Insemzandtaya Jan 27 '22

Thank you for sharing your big-brain knowledge with us 😊

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u/Random_Deslime Jan 27 '22

Nah it's the Spoon's spirit coming out after drowning

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u/the_blind_venetian Jan 27 '22

Rough Edges of Spoon is actually the title my new best selling dystopian atomic chic novel

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u/Oimmena Jan 27 '22

I thought it was the spoon soul!.

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u/Tjukkes Jan 26 '22

Projection of U on V.

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u/EnvironmentSuitable8 Jan 27 '22

These questions in statics were the reason I chose electrical instead of civil/mechanical.

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u/ubermeisters Jan 27 '22

We talking UVW coordinate space here?

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u/justagenericname1 Jan 27 '22

This would actually be a really fucking good slide to use in a linear algebra class!

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u/bleudeindigo Jan 27 '22

I was looking for this comment and I’m glad that I found it

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u/stkyrice Jan 26 '22

There is no spoon.

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u/[deleted] Jan 26 '22

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u/dylan_116 Jan 26 '22

its inevitable Mr. Anderson

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u/MeatloafScream Jan 27 '22

So long and thanks for all the fish!

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u/AbsurdRedundant Jan 26 '22

That's no spoon. It's a space station.

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u/[deleted] Jan 26 '22

I'm mildly interested in why there's a spoon in a clear fizzy drink.

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 26 '22

It's actually just tap water

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u/Bernicore Jan 26 '22

Then why spoon?

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 26 '22

Soaking my teacup

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u/Bernicore Jan 26 '22

My brain is full of possible meanings for this...

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 26 '22

This made me blow air out of my nose, have an upvote!

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u/itsthecurtains Jan 27 '22 edited Jan 27 '22

Whenever I see a post like this I always picture the OP in their little habitat observing something interesting and saying to themselves ‘that’s neat!’ quietly then taking a picture to share with fellow humans. It’s strangely heartwarming to me.

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u/antifayall Jan 27 '22

Wholesome

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

Add some silly giggling and that's pretty much what happened!

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u/expespuella Jan 27 '22

Totally agree. I love it.

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u/Bob-Bhlabla-esq Jan 26 '22

It's a ghost spoon, stuck here until it fixes some unfinished stirring related business...then off to that silverware basket in the sky.

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u/3-DMan Jan 26 '22

Piss off, ghost spoon!

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u/dylan_116 Jan 26 '22

"its not really a circle; more like a freaky circle "

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u/SuboptimalButHopeful Jan 27 '22

Ding! Found 'em both. "There is no spoon." "Ghost spoon."

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u/Nimish89 Jan 27 '22

The spoon is alive!

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u/Mr_McGriddle_yt Jan 26 '22

Life tutorial

Move the spoon to the highlighted area

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u/trudisseus Jan 26 '22

it’s contaminated

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u/majozaur Jan 26 '22

ha I was going to post a similar photo, that shows shapes of potatos in the water

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u/CloneWerks Jan 26 '22

That's really funny, I -just- had this happen with some tea and even pointed it out to my wife.

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u/mces97 Jan 27 '22

Well this certainly belong here because when I read the title, before seeing which sub this was in, I thought, "Hmm, that's mildly interesting."

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u/Another_human_3 Jan 27 '22

Those bubbles really took that spoon to a whole new level.

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u/-full-control- Jan 27 '22

And it’s in the shape of a round spoons because of the angle. That’s cool!

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u/LinksYell Jan 27 '22

This is peak mild

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u/BarnacleKind6478 Jan 27 '22

And the metal in the shape of a spoon

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u/xranita90 Jan 27 '22

The spoon’s spirit leaving it’s body.

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u/Remote_Salad949 Jan 27 '22

Those bubbles are all circular, none of them look like a spoon. Dumb.

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u/Brisan7 Jan 26 '22

So are you going to drink that or pray to it?

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u/Navitach Jan 26 '22 edited Jan 26 '22

It must be Dr. Strange's spoon.

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u/Mistr_santana Jan 27 '22

Something ethereal about this

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u/Ziggystz Jan 27 '22

There is no spoon

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u/The2ndPlayer Jan 27 '22

This is indeed mildly interesting

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u/baggypants69 Jan 27 '22

I think this belongs on the oddly satisfying page for some reason also.

Edit. Im new. Not sure how to tag it.

Edit again cause I suck.

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u/Spappy1 Jan 27 '22

I posted a pic like this a few years back and it was downvoted to hell. Feels bad man

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

Oof, sorry buddy!

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u/ZombieNutcase Jan 27 '22

That's no moon. It's a space station.

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u/sunspiders Jan 27 '22

Thats fucking bad ass.

r/interestingasfuck

imo

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u/StockIntention8096 Jan 27 '22

You still have not unlocked that spoon do more side quests

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u/Oakmeal0 Jan 27 '22

Astral projection

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u/virulentea Jan 27 '22

Literally 3D object passing through 2D dimension

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u/Alternative_Guest250 Jan 27 '22

Cartoon characters when they run and leaves smoke behind

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u/occupiedbrain69 Jan 27 '22

Ed Sheeran's new classic - The Bubbles in the Shape of Spoon!

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u/Dixo0118 Apr 09 '22

Dude I took this picture this morning https://imgur.com/a/25JWca5

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u/XNamelessXNill Jan 27 '22

I'm guessing left over soap residue from someone who doesn't know how to do dishes

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

No soap. I drink about ten cups of tea a day so I just rinse the cup and let it soak like that between uses

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u/Professional_Flicker Jan 27 '22

It's such an simple image. Yet so powerful. Thank you lord for another blessed day upon this massive green rock

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u/gandalfs_dad Jan 26 '22

This happens due to the inverse ionization that occurs from the uniquely high energy transfer at metal edges. The ionized molecules then summon the shadow teletubby to fart into the liquid which rises as bubbles and slowly poisons the stupid humans.

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u/Evening_Ingenuity_27 Jan 27 '22

Though it was an invisible spoon at first

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u/shadowfyre9 Jan 27 '22

Would've been more impressive if you slipped the spoon out first

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u/rthshadow Jan 27 '22

Neat😝😂😂

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u/foggy-sunrise Jan 27 '22

Those bubbles tell me that spoon needs to be cleaned.

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u/CozyMole27 Jan 27 '22

Fun fact:

The reason why black holes don’t cause the information paradox is because things leave a trace in entry similar to this

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u/ImParticleMan Jan 27 '22

You discovered the truth! There is no spoon

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u/EuroCakes Jan 27 '22

I have those bowls!

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u/Chrono47295 Jan 27 '22

Cool picture. Nice cap

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u/AirborneEagle66 Jan 27 '22

Ah yes, when there is surface tension even locally at each individual bubble.

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u/Federal_Dragonfly_34 Jan 27 '22

Kept reading “moon” not spoon and honestly if you do some mental gymnastics, it ALSO slightly doubles as a moon!

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u/045675327 Jan 27 '22

I notice this on my cups daily, never as defined as yours though usually just with the outline of the bottom of the spoon and not so much the handle.

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u/Podju Jan 27 '22

I wonder if this is what inspired our ancestors to look into science because the length of the spoon compared to the length of the bubble spoon = triangle math or something I'm inspired not attentive.

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u/antifayall Jan 27 '22

Nah i think math curiosity comes naturally No spoons involved

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u/SweteTee Jan 27 '22

All I’m sayin is it looks like spit.

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u/heyo_mayo3 Jan 27 '22

someone please explain to me how i saw moon instead of spoon

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u/FaeTaleDream Jan 27 '22

I wonder if this would work for finding things on the bottom of ocean

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u/antifayall Jan 27 '22

Looks more like a spice or yeast than bubbles

Edit: till i zoomed in

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u/czerwona-wrona Jan 27 '22

damn it that is just gorgeous

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u/thecakeisaIie Jan 27 '22

That spoon in the shape of a spoon

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u/SunnyHorsesIncomeTax Jan 27 '22

Air bubbles formed on the spoon, so when you dropped it in deeper, the air bubbles remained in the shape of the spoon.

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

I didn't touch the whole thing! Left it to soak and came back maybe hour later to make more tea and giggled like an idiot when I saw this

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u/MIKEAVELII Jan 27 '22

Why doesn’t the spoon shadow have bubbles

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u/[deleted] Jan 27 '22

“It’s like ten thousand bubbles when all you need is a spoon…”

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u/hawkma999 Jan 27 '22

Bruh, this is the equivalent of me posting a picture of the bubbles stuck to my straw in a cup filled with soda.

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u/zak7199 Jan 27 '22

Prove it, Mr. Mild.

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u/infoclub88 Jan 27 '22

Astral Spoon

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u/atharwa__ Jan 27 '22

What u drinkin?

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u/anonymous8972 Jan 27 '22

No the spoon has taken the shape of the bubbles.

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u/1DjentleSoul Jan 27 '22

Good ole Alka Seltzer

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u/HashJoll Jan 27 '22

This spoon has the same energy as the thud you hear when some hung ass mofo sets up at the urinal next to you…

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u/Dentaldazzler64 Jan 27 '22

I don’t really give a shit how or why it “happened” it’s super cool!

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u/aod42091 Jan 27 '22

you have some really bubbly water there

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u/UStoJapan Jan 27 '22

Two shadows of light and one shadow of bubbles. I think you’ve made an excellent example of a higher dimensional tesseract!

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u/Hipsnogood Jan 27 '22

This is a urinal

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u/K1mmoo Jan 27 '22

Torille

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

Tuon lusikan

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u/GeorgiaVasilio9 Jan 27 '22

something is in that spoon for sure

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u/The_Airwolf_Theme Jan 27 '22

"Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle...."

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u/duudesonit_00 Jan 27 '22

Is that water? Idk why but it looks thick...like a glue or something

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u/bobbyzee Jan 27 '22

Ffs I read moon and I spent half a minute losing my mind on how that's a moon

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u/YMCoolFace Jan 27 '22

can we just take a moment and talk about how deep the spoon has gotten into the mug????

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

It's in way too deep now, no turning back!

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u/BeautifulStrike8823 Jan 27 '22

Are you cooking Sprite?

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u/Murany Jan 27 '22

Why do you put a spoon in plain water?

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u/itsthevoiceman Jan 27 '22

These nucleation sites can be a hazard.

If you hear up water in the microwave, you can get it to a super heated state where it's actually above the boiling temp.

By placing your spoon in the water, this can cause rapid boiling, leading to a small water explosion, sending super heated all over, including into you.

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

I promise this was done in an controlled environment with professionals for handling lukewarm water

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u/Grey_Vision Jan 27 '22

Very mildly interesting

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u/AlGunner Jan 27 '22

Soluble tablets in water give this effect.

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u/Hopeless_Struggler Jan 27 '22

Clean the cup dum dum

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u/Ali_Army107 Jan 27 '22

Instead only try to realise the truth. There is no spoon.

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u/windoverat Jan 27 '22

bro really out here drinking spoon water

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u/JJ4L3 Jan 27 '22

I'm in love with the shape of spoon

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u/Lord_Donut_the-best Jan 27 '22

yeah, I wouldn’t drink it any longer

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

It's soaking, was not going to drink that 😄

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u/Lord_Donut_the-best Jan 27 '22

Good. Because I came in it

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

Sheeet, you're in my house?

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u/Lord_Donut_the-best Jan 27 '22

Nah, I can jizz trough time and space

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u/Leprajalkahiiri Jan 27 '22

Well that's kinda convenient, if you can control it. Did you mean to cream my teacup or was it an accident, be honest!

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u/Lord_Donut_the-best Jan 27 '22

I meant it! Je suis Harvey Weinstein!

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u/Fuzzywuzzy343 Jan 27 '22

Damn thats such a coincidence, this happened to me last night with a fork lol

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u/throwaway4477432467 Jan 27 '22

That’s no moon!

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u/DrachenDad Jan 27 '22

Bubbles or contamination

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u/Snoo-12156 Jan 27 '22

Damn....what kind of dishsoap you use? I wouldn't drink out that Cup

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u/cheechy Jan 27 '22

Several tries and 3 hours later and I couldn't recreate it! How did it happen??

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