Friday, January 29, 2010
Friday Fact: Ice-Water Floaties - the mystery revealed!
I hardly ever finish my water with dinner - a habit I am trying to kick, because I really need more water intake. I rarely get my 8 a day. I love water - I'm just forgetful. I forget to stop every once in a while and ask myself,
"How you doin'? You thirsty at all?"
"Actually, yeah, I'm feeling a bit parched."
"How about a nice tall glass of ice water?"
(because water without ice is kinda like a bowl without ice-cream. Useful, but definitely not as pleasant!)
"Yes, thank you!"
So I leave my water out so that when I wander by again, I can remind myself to take a gulp or two as I go about my business.
This is slightly problematic due to my compultion to clear all kitchen surfaces of any dishes. Bill and Lizzie try to leave their water cups out for later filling and enjoying - trying to save on cup consumption all responsible-like - but I inevitably and without thinking sweep their cup from it's 'safe place' into the sink. Or into the dishwasher. It's no use. Everyone in my house is forever having to get a new cup.
I wandered back into the kitchen after last night's dinner and reached for my glass - chilled and precipitating - intent on throwing back that half-full (not half-empty) sweet refreshment.
That's when I saw them.
The little white specs floating lazily down from the floating ice to the bottom of my glass.
I recoiled, peered at them sideways, got the jeevies and wondered: what the heck are those things?
Because there are no white flecks when you pour the water into the ice tray to freeze. I know, I've checked! It's just pure and clear water! You know?! So what are they? where do they come from? And most importantly - are they going to hurt meeee?
And so I brought back Friday Fact JUST SO I could answer this question. Because I know I'm not the only one. I can't be the only one. Right?
The Facts of Floaties in your Water - in no particular order:
Fact 1 - They actually are called floaties in accepted society. This makes me feel more friendly toward them on its own. Plus, the idea of scientists in lab coats pouring over their charts and microscopes, talking about the intricate nature of the 'floaties' makes me happy.
Fact 2 - The floaties happen when your ice is melting. The ice precipitates the floaties. Can we take a moment and marvel at the wonder of an ice cube precipitating? Think about it.
Fact 3 - The flecks are actually calcium carbonate; common in many water supplies.
Fact 4 - Calcium carbonate is found in cool stuff like rocks, snails, pearls, and eggshells.
It is the culprit behind hard water (remind me to have a word with it about what it's doing to my dishwasher).
Fact 5 - It's totally harmless.
So there you have it. You can now watch your ice cubes precipitate in your glass with total ease of mind. You might even think fondly of your floaties, now, and picture them as beautiful flakes of snow that your floating ice cubes created just for you.
And you can get back to getting your 8 a day!
(So, self? How you feelin?)