16 May 2007

It’s been a while since I wrote a thoroughly pointless post, so I thought I’d write about this theory that I’ve always had. Unlike most of my theories, this one is actually practical in an every-day sort of way. Also, most people just roll their eyes at me when I insist that I really think this might be true. That’s okay. They can be wrong.

Have you ever noticed that hot liquids seem to spill more easily than other liquids? This is a regular occurrence in my life. Now, it’s true that I’m not the most graceful of girls, and I am prone to spilling things anyway. It is possible that I’m the reason that things seem more “spill-able.” However, this tendency also puts me in a knowledgeable position to speak about spills. You might call me a spill expert.

Having acknowledged my own role in the spilling of beverages both warm and cold, I have the following theory of why hot beverages seem to spill more often than cold ones. Heating a certain item involves speeding up the movement of its molecules. Therefore, hot beverages spill more easily because their molecules are moving faster, rendering them more volatile.

So, the next time you slosh hot coffee onto your shirt during the morning commute, don’t give yourself such a hard time. It might just be those zippy little molecules!

3 comments:

Amber Joy said...

Could it be that you drink more COFFEE than you do nice clear WATER?...

Kelli said...

I hate to concede this, but it's possible!

Brandon said...

Interesting theory...I'll remember it the next time at work when I go out with my colleagues for a mid-morning coffee and spill it all over me because I'm just having "one of those days"...