The Spangler Effect - Getting Ready for a Guinness World Record Season 01 Episode 01

Uploaded by TheSpanglerEffect on 01.02.2012


I'm Steve Spangler.
You know, some of the activities in this episode are
intended for you to try at home.
And others are completely off-limits.
So to tell you which ones you're allowed to try and
which ones you can't, we're going to put a little note on
the screen that says "try this at home."
If you do try it at home, just let me say you probably need
some safety equipment.
So I always recommend these super thermonuclear warfare
gloves, because this will protect your
hands at all times.
And you'll notice that the aliens of the future only have
four fingers.
And you should always have good safety glasses.
So always wear your safety glasses.
And just in case a bomb was to go off, you should have ear
protection as well.
It also lets you stop hearing people say,
don't try this at home.
And then, if all else fails, have a safety mask.
If you do all those things, you can try most anything that
we say it is OK for you to try at home.
But please know that the lawyers say that you can only
try the things that involve carnations, food coloring,
milk, Elmer's glue, and paper clips.
Everything else, off-limits.
Was that good?
Knock yourself out.

CARLY REED: Like so many things around here it all
starts with a phone call.
Anywhere from a Boy Scout troop to "The Ellen Show"
could call.
And in this case, the Colorado Rockies called.
They wanted Steve to come do an event that teachers could
bring their students to that would be somewhat educational,
and then stick around and watch the baseball game
STEVE SPANGLER: So they want me to team up with Kathy
Sabine, who's our meteorologist at 9NEWS.
And together, we're going to take some of the demos that
we've done on TV and somehow play them at a big field like
Coors Field.
The original proposal was that they're going to take some
kids and get them down close to the dugout and Kathy and I
would stand on the Colorado Rockies dugout and just
address these 200 kids.
Within a week that went to, well, maybe that's 2,000.
And now ticket sales are at almost 5,000.
The kicker is they want some interactive activity that can
happen in the stands, that the people there watching can do
at the same time that we're doing it down on the field.
So in essence, I have to do a hands-on science experiment
with however many people-- let's just say 5,000 people.
I don't know exactly what that's going to be just yet.
CARLY REED: Steve said that I needed to talk to Jeff to pull
the whole team together to get a bunch of experiments
together and go outside and try them out, kind of like a
big play day for us.
BRIAN FIROOZ: All right.
So this is a solar bag.

We're going to have to--
so solar bags are really tightly wound.
And as you open them up, it's kind of how--
just kind of like a garbage bag.
Nothing real special or anything like that about that.
But we're going to want to make sure when we're on the
field that they're going to be opened ahead of time, since
they are kind of folded upon themselves, we're going to
want to pump a little air through them so that they get
open and the plastic isn't folded on top of itself and
stuff like that.
So it's a really simple--

really simple.
You just get a little bit of air and then go ahead and push
it through.
And that'll have it just kind of start to open up on itself.

And that's it.
STEVE SPANGLER: So we've been
manufacturing these giant bags.
It's nothing more than just a giant trash bag.
It's 50 feet long.
It's about three feet in diameter, holds a tremendous
amount of air.
The secret is it's made out of a very thin plastic.
And of course the color of the bag is black, so that black
bag absorbs the heat from the sun.
So as you run with it, you scoop up the air and then you
tie it off.
And within seconds, you can already start to feel that air
start to heat up.
And literally, two to three minutes later, you start to
see the buoyancy factor of that bag.
It becomes almost like a solar sausage that
floats up into the sky.
It's a really, really cool way to be able to teach
that hot air rises.

We're doing good.
We have a slight tear.
But everything's all right.

STEVE SPANGLER: I do best when I get to rally the troops, go
grab a whole bunch of demos, and take them and start
playing with them.
Because it's only when we start playing with them that
we know this is going to work or stumble over this one.
And we'll actually create something new out of it.
So this play is really, really important.
So here's what's happening.
The liquid nitrogen's going inside the bottle.
It's a pretty slow process, because the liquid nitrogen
wants to come out.
So it's 320 degrees below zero.
And the trick is just a nice slow pour to fill it up.
So a slow pour.

BRIAN FIROOZ: Good job, Carly.
CARLY REED: I can't see the bottom of it.
BRIAN FIROOZ: You're doing all right.
Keep going.
You're doing fine.
So here's that slow pour.
So right now, the liquid nitrogen is trying to turn
into a gas.
So it's 320 degrees.
And what is it, about 70 degrees out here?
So there's a difference.
The water in there is just basically
room temperature water.
So I think you're good.
All right.
So that's out of the way.
That can go down.
MALE SPEAKER: So Steve, your goal is a third full.
A third full.
MALE SPEAKER: I'll put a line on there.
So now everybody's going to show it.
Got it?
Twist it on.
MALE SPEAKER: Soon as it's sealed, Brian,
just drop it in.
STEVE SPANGLER: Twist it hard.
So here's what we're trying to demonstrate.
Liquid nitrogen, when it goes from a liquid into a gas,
expands 700 times.
And because it's in that plastic, you can actually see
the energy that's released.
And of course, it's important to point out, you don't try
this at home.
We're in a testing facility with emergency personnel right
around the corner.

So the company I work with is 9NEWS.
And being a big media company, they've got cool toys.
And they said that we have use of the helicopter that day.
So totally cool.
Helicopter comes over, gets this aerial shot of all these
kids doing science.
Hard part is, I've got to figure out something for all
the kids to do that the helicopter can see.
So this little thing's not going to work.
So that's why I'm thinking these big wind
bags will play well.
They're colorful, and hopefully from the air you can
see just this sea of science going on.
It could be cool.
So I think this is the solution for the interactive
activity with everybody in the stands.
They're wind bags.
I've been doing this for years and years and years.
So it's a great big long bag.
It's like a plastic sandwich bag.
If you're at home, it's like a Diaper Genie refill.
And the object is, how many breaths would it take to blow
up this eight-foot-long bag.
So you can see how kind of colorful they are.
Here, you tie up one end like this.
Hang on there.
And then you're supposed to guess how many breaths it
would take.
And everybody does it like this.

And they slide it down and say it would take you like 15, 20
breaths to blow up the bag.
So since it's weather and science day, if you use
Bernoulli's principle that says fast-moving air creates
this area of lower pressure, you can actually blow up the
bag in one breath.
So watch.
You empty it out like this.
Here, hang on to the end here.
All right.
No go back a little ways.
So now watch.
If you stretch it out like this, the secret is you've got
to keep your mouth off the bag.
If you open it up like this, see, and then you blow into
the bag, this fast-moving stream of air actually creates
this area of lower pressure and the air around it goes
into the bag.
So watch.
See that?
Ta da!
It's good, huh?
If you want to do this at home and you don't have a colored
bag like this, sandwich bag, here's what you use is a
Diaper Genie refill.
So these things that you put diapers in.
So if you pull out a section of Diaper Genie, just make it
as long as you want and cut it off.
You can do the same exact thing.
Now it smells baby fresh, right?
Just remembering that you've got to keep your mouth away
from the bag.
And if you blow from far away, this fast-moving air creates
this area of lower pressure, blow up the
bag in a single breath.
It's pretty cool.
Now the hard part is meeting with the executives of the
Colorado Rockies and to get them to sign off, because they
now have to see everything that we're going to
do down on the field.
So I somehow have to sell them on the idea that all these
things are good.
So 19th and Wazee for the Chophouse.
We're going to go around the Chophouse.
We're going to work in there.
MALE SPEAKER: If there was ever a day to be on time,
today should have been it.

STEVE SPANGLER: So kids, who wants to learn about the
properties of air?
We do!
STEVE SPANGLER: Bring some of your friends.
MALE SPEAKER: I have none, have none!

MALE SPEAKER: I think this is going to be
quite a wonderful event.
Most of the Rockies anticipate [INAUDIBLE].
STEVE SPANGLER: I didn't expect any pushback at all
with this one.
And this is the one I got the most notes on, the solar
sausage, that solar bag.
So you run across the field.
So before any of our team was allowed on the field, we had
to go over the rules and regulations of
being on the field.
And as long as we were on the outfield kind of running
around, everything was OK.
So after everybody got trained, they loved that idea
of the solar bags.
And I think it's probably the best educational point that we
have in the show, because teachers can really show their
kids and use it as an illustration that those
balloons fill with air, the sun heats the air, and all of
a sudden, the kids should be able to see them rise, like
they're doing the program.
So pretty cool science lesson at the same time.

MALE SPEAKER: How much will you give me if I huck this at
that solar bag and nail it in the air?
If you agree, don't say anything.

STEVE SPANGLER: What did you do?
You tried just to step on it, didn't you?
Video will show--
New plan.
I casually walk by Jeff's strings, solar bag string, and
just snip it.
What do you think?
If you agree, don't say anything.
Silence is the same as complicity.

STEVE SPANGLER: What we're going to do is let Kathy talk
and let some of this happen behind us at the same time, so
that we can [INAUDIBLE].
All right.
Let's go.
We'll talk about this outside.
We'll get out of the sun.
CARLY REED: So I'm working on the event, and details are
finally starting to come together.
And then I look over at Steve's office and he's on the
phone with someone.
And as soon he hangs up, he lets us know that he's now
going for a Guinness world record on this event.
So just one more thing.
STEVE SPANGLER: Of all the things we can control, the one
thing I can't control, the weather.
So they're saying a possibility of rain or snow.
So it could be one of these freak
snowstorms in the spring.
So can't control it.
Just have to kind of work around it.
And our team will work hard to pull it off it anyway.
I just don't want kids cold out there in the morning
watching this.
And snow would be a disaster.
So crossing my fingers for sun.

I want you to know the number that gives
us the highest geysers.
That's over 7,000 bags in under 2 minutes.
This is going to be awesome.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Can we do that again, Steve?