Saucers of Mud

January 3, 2008

Something I Learned Today

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 12:13 pm

Don’t leave a full water bottle in your car in Vermont in January.



  1. It’s a seltzer bottle actually — will it still be fizzy when it melts?

    Comment by matt w — January 3, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

  2. Oh, it didn’t burst?
    People used to get milk delivered to their doorsteps in glass bottles. There was room for expansion–In the winter frozen milk might expand and pop the cap off the tops of the bottles.
    More physics in action: Years ago (pre-you) we went to Yosemite National Park with your brother. It was probably in June. He had an inflatable playpen toy, joined plastic cylinders with bells inside, about 14-16 inches long, 5 inches in diameter. The campground was unpleasantly crowded, so when we heard that the campgrounds at higher altitudes had just been opened (there was considerable snowpack up there), we packed up and headed for Tuolomne Meadows. While we were up there we noticed that the toy, which was saggy at the lower elevation, was tautly inflated. Object lesson in the difference in air pressure.

    Comment by Matt's mom — January 3, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

  3. Spelled “Tuolumne” wrong. It seems it’s at 8600 feet, and the road goes to about 10,000 feet.

    Comment by Matt's mom — January 3, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

  4. Oh, it didn’t burst?

    Fortunately not. In fact, I shouldn’t complain — now I have a great weapon for disabling a guy from the super-secret government agency that starts to chase me when I Know Too Much even though I don’t yet know what it is that I Know. You know, he jumps in the rear seat, I don’t know what’s going on, and then the camera slides down to the frozen water bottle in the seat well and *bonk*.

    Comment by matt w — January 3, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

  5. Also useful for breaking the car window to escape in case you happen to drive into a lake (which God forbid). Such was the subject of Tom and Ray Magliozzi’s column recently:

    Comment by Matt's mom — January 7, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

  6. At that temperature, I think if I hit the lake I would’ve bounced.

    Of course, now it’s a balmy 48 degrees — I should check to see if it exploded.

    Comment by Matt Weiner — January 7, 2008 @ 8:01 pm

  7. No, don’t leave unopened soda cans or bottles in the car in Vermont in January. (Or in North Dakota in Nov-March). Exploding sticky mess. Water just leaks.

    Comment by Elliot Lake — February 11, 2008 @ 12:10 am

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