We all know that food contains a lot of energy (that and coffee are the only reason I manage to drag myself into the office every day). But did you know that a king size Snickers bar contains enough energy to (theoretically) heat a gram of water to 541,000 degrees or, more realistically, bring a gallon and a half of water from nearly freezing to nearly boiling?
How do I come to be regaling you with this nugget of trivia? Well, I was recently pointed to a rather interesting story on an Oreo-Powered Rocket on the Popular Science website.
Usually we release the energy from food slowly (by sitting around on the couch for a few hours after over-indulging on a three-course extravaganza, for example). But what would happen if we were to release all of this energy in a much shorter period of time?
Well, a man after my own heart – Theodore Gray – determined to find out. Noting that you can't actually power a rocket using a Snickers bar (because "the nuts would clog the nozzle"), Theodore created a rocket powered by the filling from Oreo cookies. If you visit the article at the link provided above, you can see images and videos of a number of candy-powered missiles.
How come I don't have a job like Theodore? Perhaps he needs an assistant ... I'm off home to pack my bags!
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