The Spangler Effect - Guinness World Record Event Season 01 Episode 02

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STEVE SPANGLER: Tomorrow's the day.
We've been working for the last month on this thing now.
All the practices.
And it's amazing this all started with a phone call.
Can you do this?
And all these practices.
We've got that giveaway.
So we're going to do the big wind bags with everybody.
We've got our team that practiced the huge solar bags.
And they're running through that.
We practiced in the parking lot with the
exploding trash cans.
We've got that piece.
I think I've got a good shot with the potato.
It's all coming together.
So now this is the unknown.
This is what happens when you put a live audience.
And somebody says go.
And 45 minutes later.
Oh, and by the way, Guinness World Records showing up.
So an adjudicator from Guinness World Records said
yes, and so we flew him in, and so they're here.
And so if we do it, this will be the world's largest physics
the world's largest physics lesson.
Let's see how it goes.
Thank you so much for being here.
I greatly appreciate it.
Thank you so much for being here.
And being part of our first annual
Weather and Science Day.
You are going to have a blast.
We've got so many things scheduled for you.
We know that sitting and watching a science program is
not as much fun as doing it, so we may teach you some
things that you can try later on.
We actually have something that you're going to do with
us later on as well.
And so I'm going to need your help in doing that.
We're going to try to attempt the world's largest physics
demonstration or lesson right here, at Coors Field.
And we're going to need everybody that we have here in
the stands.
Well, let's get started because when we're talking
about weather and science, we've got to talk a little bit
about what goes on with solids, liquids and gases in
those things.
And so I thought that it might be a smart idea to do the very
first experiment you and I ever did together.
Fair enough?
KATHY SABINE: Oh, let's do it.
STEVE SPANGLER: And we just happen to have a couple little
ingredients I'm sure you've never seen before.
These are kinds of things that you can find
at home, all right?
KATHY SABINE: I don't get to drink this?
STEVE SPANGLER: Which is wonderful.
Good job.
Everybody in the stands, you should have a roll of Mentos
and a test tube, do you?
KATHY SABINE: Everybody got them, hold them up.
All right.
STEVE SPANGLER: That roll of Mentos and test
tube is for you later.
But you must start with me this way, ready?
Say I promise not to do this at home.
CROWD: I promise not to do this at home.
STEVE SPANGLER: I will do it at a friend's home.
STEVE SPANGLER: Perfect, all right?
Here's what we're going to do.
Kathy, If you take a bottle of soda,
STEVE SPANGLER: And you shake up that bottle of soda.
KATHY SABINE: Let me shake it now.
STEVE SPANGLER: Carbon dioxide, that gas, will come
out of the soda.
So what we're going to do is we're going to
help it come out.
This time, we're going to use these Mentos, all right?
Mentos are amazing because there's these tiny little pits
that they have.
And so all the carbon dioxide kind of comes running to it.
The trick here, kids, is what you have to do, is you're
going to put your fingers at home--
I mean at a friend's home--
over here, like this.
Don't do it inside either.
That's the other little problem, all right?
When you drop them all in it once, the carbon
dioxide will come out.
All right, so are you ready, Kathy?
KATHY SABINE: I don't know.
STEVE SPANGLER: You and I are going to hold it together, we
turn it upside down.
Three, two, one drops it.
See, that's why that-- nice.
Nice, that was good, wasn't it?
KATHY SABINE: Wow, that's minty fresh.
That's good.
KATHY SABINE: That's good.
STEVE SPANGLER: But here's the problem, all right?
The problem is if you just take Mentos and drop them into
Diet Coke, that's not a science experiment, that's
just doing something fun.
KATHY SABINE: That's making a mess, Steve.
STEVE SPANGLER: It is making a mess.
We need to turn this into a real science experiment.
In order to do that, we need to be able
to control a variable.
So I think we're going to be able to do it if we have a
really good geyser team.
So ladies and gentlemen, from the dugout, please welcome the
Steve Spangler Science Geyser Team.
Come on out, guys.

All right guys, this is our geyser team right here.
These are geyserologists.
They have been practicing and practicing.
Earlier today our geyserologists went into the
stands and found 10 lucky people.
If you're one of those 10 lucky people, you look at the
They're going to look at you.
Right now, give us a little music, and go get your kids.
Would you do that for me?
Go get your kids.
KATHY SABINE: We've got to root them on.
We're going to get them sticky wet.
STEVE SPANGLER: Ladies and gentlemen, nice round of
applause for our 10 helpers, would you?
All right.
All right, geyser team, it's really important that we
practice safety, so would you please put on the safety
glasses, all right?
Put on those safety glasses.
Kids, you adjust those safety glasses, team go get to the
goodies, all right?
Go get the goodies.
Let me tell you the experiment that we've set up.
You can only change one variable.
So this time, Kathy, we're going to use Diet Coke.
KATHY SABINE: All right.
STEVE SPANGLER: We're not going to change anything.
KATHY SABINE: I love that.
STEVE SPANGLER: Same temperature of Diet Coke.
The only thing that we're going to do is we're going to
change the number of Mentos.
I want you to know the number that gives
us the highest geyser.
So from left to right, we're going to do one Mentos, two
Mentos, three Mentos, all the way up to 10 Mentos.
STEVE SPANGLER: So if we were to do a finale, I don't know.
But if we were to do a finale, you would know the number of
Mentos you should drop in for the highest geyser.
Fair enough?
All right, kids, your geyserologist is going to is
going to put on your poncho for you, all right?
10 ponchos, 10 kids.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's funny how math kind of works that way.
KATHY SABINE: Yes, it does.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's a little tube that we have on the top.
It's the geyser tube that's just holding it in place.
So when we pull, we'll pull the first one.
We'll get a chance to be able to see what that looks like.
Then the second one.
Then the third one.
All right?
Kids, put your hands over the top of the bottles.
All right?
They're pulling the pin here in just a second.
Let's do the very first one.
Are you ready, Zara?
Three, two, one.
Pull it.

All right, so one Mentos is OK, but a little boring on
Science Day.
Two Mentos, go.
KATHY SABINE: Aw, Steve, that could be the one.
STEVE SPANGLER: That's good.
KATHY SABINE: Two is looking good.
STEVE SPANGLER: Three Mentos, go!
KATHY SABINE: No, it's got to be two.
I see a pattern here.
KATHY SABINE: Three is better.
KATHY SABINE: Let's go with four.
Five Mentos.
Good job.
STEVE SPANGLER: Now six Mentos.
Give me a six.
STEVE SPANGLER: Are you kind of seeing what I'm seeing?
We're kind of hitting a plateau here.
Seven Mentos.
We just hit a magic number.
Eight Mentos--
Give me a 10, would ya?

STEVE SPANGLER: If you were going to do it, and you were
actually going to use a bottle, how many
Mentos would you use?
STEVE SPANGLER: All right guys, go get 'em,
let's do 10, all right?
Now the hard part here is our geyser team has to get
everything ready.
So they have to unroll it, and then we have to have a team
together so we can pull all at the same time.
KATHY SABINE: So everybody has 10, Steve?
STEVE SPANGLER: Is everybody ready?
Let's count 'em down from five.
ALL: Five, four, three, two, one.
STEVE SPANGLER: Give them a pull now.
Nice job!

STEVE SPANGLER: Well, I guess those seats aren't so good
after all, are they?
STEVE SPANGLER: Ladies and gentlemen, let's hear it for
our geyser team.
And how about those volunteers?
STEVE SPANGLER: So Kathy, I told you you'd have to do a
couple little demos.
So I'm going to ask you to blow up a
balloon in front of everybody.
Are you saying I'm full of hot air, Steve?
STEVE SPANGLER: No, I'm just saying you're going
to blow up a balloon.
It's just fine.
KATHY SABINE: All right.
STEVE SPANGLER: But if I have you blow up a balloon, I don't
really know where to get you to stop.
You know what I mean?
How many breaths does it take to blow up the balloon?
It could be this many, could be this many.
STEVE SPANGLER: So here's what I have for you, right here.
Watch this.
STEVE SPANGLER: This is a little different balloon.
It's eight feet long, it's 10 inches around, and it holds 45
liters of air.
Blow into the bag.
Now this is the problem, people, because this takes
about 32 minutes.
So, don't worry, it'll be fine.
Kathy, look at this.
Watch this.
If we slide it down like this, it comes out this big old hole
down over here.
So that, tiny little problem.
I got so excited, I forgot about that part.
STEVE SPANGLER: Just give me three breaths.
Would you do that?
Three breaths.
KATHY SABINE: All right.
STEVE SPANGLER: Nice, there's one.
I didn't tell you it'd be a hot day and you'd be breathing
into a stupid bag.
There's three.
KATHY SABINE: Is that enough?
STEVE SPANGLER: Look at this.
Look at little miss athlete over here.
Three breaths of air, people.
It's not bad.
KATHY SABINE: And no lipstick left at all.
STEVE SPANGLER: I think you could do the whole bag in
probably 10 breaths of air.
But I want to show you another way to do it.
KATHY SABINE: Yeah, could you?
STEVE SPANGLER: Another way to do it.
Maybe a different way to do it would be to do this.
If we could actually use the air around us to help blow
into the bag, it would be extremely helpful.
KATHY SABINE: You're going to let my air out.
I worked hard for that.
It's all right.
I'll show you the secret.
It's all about the shower curtain in the morning that
attacks you every single morning.
When you turn on that shower and the water comes rushing
down, that silly shower curtain starts
to move in on you.
When it does, it's Bernoulli's principle.
It says fast-moving air will create
this area of low pressure.
So if you just hold from far away.
KATHY SABINE: Yeah, I'll do the holding.
STEVE SPANGLER: Watch what's going to happen.
If you and I hold like this-- and in just a second, when you
try, you're going to open up the bag like this.
And then a long stream of air into the bag, but stand back.
Watch what happens.
See how fast?
KATHY SABINE: You made that look so easy.
STEVE SPANGLER: Single breath of air, but you
have to stand back.
Turn to the person next to you and
say, Bernoulli's principle.
Tell 'em, right now.
KATHY SABINE: We're not going to ask them to
spell it, are we?
STEVE SPANGLER: In just a second, we're going to stand
up, and you are going to have two minutes to
inflate 7,000 wind bags.
KATHY SABINE: Are you up to the challenge?
STEVE SPANGLER: And our good friends over here from Sky
Nine are going to circle right in and take a look at us.
Stand up everybody.
KATHY SABINE: Stand up everybody!
STEVE SPANGLER: Roll the bags out.
Go for it.
Roll those bags out.
Tie off one end, all right, people.
Give us a little bump music.
Would you do that for us?
A little high energy--
something that would be fun to inflate some bags by.
Fair enough?

STEVE SPANGLER: All right, tie off one end--
KATHY SABINE: Boy, they've got it up there.
Steve, look at those kids in the back.
They've got it.
KATHY SABINE: Nice job back there.
STEVE SPANGLER: Find somebody a couple rows back from you
who will hold on to the bag maybe, so that you can try to
inflate it with a single breath of air.
Oh, you're looking good.
I'll know you're done when you hold it up.
Nice job.
STEVE SPANGLER: Ladies and gentlemen, look
at this around you.
You're halfway there.
All right?
You're halfway there.
We have a minute and 10 seconds to go.
A minute and 10 seconds.
Help the people around you.
Daniel Bernoulli would be very proud of you.
He's just not here right now.

Gosh, that looks good.
Isn't that fun?
KATHY SABINE: It's so fun!
STEVE SPANGLER: I told you that would be fun.
A little Bernoulli's principle never hurt anybody.
Here we go.
We're at 30 seconds.
Help the people around you.
Help the people around you.
KATHY SABINE: You've got it.
STEVE SPANGLER: Over 7,000 bags in less than two minutes.
We're at our countdown.
15, 14, 13, 12,
KATHY SABINE: 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
STEVE SPANGLER: Let's hear it, people.
You got it.
Look at this.

That's over 7,000 bags in under two minutes.
That's absolutely amazing.
KATHY SABINE: That is amazing, Steve.
STEVE SPANGLER: Isn't that fun?
Congratulations for paying attention and allowing us to
be able to do that.
Take the air down.
Teachers, help us out.
Let me direct your attention to the field right now, and
watch what's going to happen on the field.
Our 9News Spangler Science Team is out on
the field right now.
But they have wind bags that are 50 feet long and hold 350
cubic feet of air.
And the only thing that's powering them is the sun.
So the hot sun is heating the air in the bag.
And now, watch what we've got.
We literally have floating solar sausages out here.
So that you can kind of see on Coors Field--
I don't think that these have ever been
on Coors Field before.
KATHY SABINE: I'm pretty sure not.
STEVE SPANGLER: Isn't that nice?
Nice job.
Throw them up in the air, guys.
Let's see if anything happens.
Now, Kathy, we have to be very careful because, if you're a
teacher in the audience, and you try this experiment, you
can't let go of the bag.
Because if you let go of the bag, the FAA will think that
it's a fighter jet--
KATHY SABINE: And they'll call Steve, and
he gets in big trouble.
STEVE SPANGLER: And then we're in trouble, all right?
Then once again, we have to go through legal.
We don't want to do that again.
KATHY SABINE: And your people don't want to go
through that again.
STEVE SPANGLER: Look at this!
They're actually using the bag as a kite, ladies and
gentlemen, holding onto it with a string.
So you can see it floating there, using only the
power of the sun.
So that hot air rises, and you're able to see what it
looks like there with those solar bags.
We're going to let them play out there for a second, but
would you do me a favor?
Would you give them a nice big round of applause right now?
Nice job, guys.

Mr. Announcer, would you let us know who's coming out of
the dugout?
Ladies and gentlemen--
KATHY SABINE: Hey, you guys, look!
It's Jeff Francis.
[INAUDIBLE], yeah!
STEVE SPANGLER: Ladies and gentlemen, Jeff Francis.
Hi, buddy.
How are you?
KATHY SABINE: Nice to see you again.
STEVE SPANGLER: So, Jeff, here's what
we've come up with.
Instead of a baseball, I've got a potato and a straw.
So that's all I've got, is a potato and a straw.
So, come here, watch this.
So I'm taking my straw and carving out a
little piece of potato.
Kathy, remember doing this in the news room?
KATHY SABINE: Oh, yes I do.
STEVE SPANGLER: So now, we're going to push this little
piece of potato down here.
And using a little--
Got that?
So, Jeff, take a look at this.
A piece of potato here, and a piece of potato here, and air
right here.
So if we were to compress the air, we might be able to shoot
this little potato out into the stands.
So I'll show you what it looks like.
So I've got it here, like this.
And we just compress, and now watch what happens.
But that's not Colorado Rockies style, is it?
JEFF FRANCIS: No, it's not.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's kind of boring, isn't it?
I'm glad you agreed so quickly.
KATHY SABINE: Although, Steve, that was pretty good.
STEVE SPANGLER: But it was good.
Jeff would you bring on--
and Carly and Renee, go ahead bring some of these on.
Jeff, these are giant potato launchers.

I don't know of any other way to be able to do this besides
at Coor's Field.
So, come on, Carly, help us out.
All right, so this is our giant potato launcher.
So here's the deal, you push the button, the piece of
potato comes out here.
KATHY SABINE: Should I give it to him?
STEVE SPANGLER: If I were you, I'd fire it out there and see
if he can catch it.
STEVE SPANGLER: Fair enough?
STEVE SPANGLER: So I'm going to let you hang on here, and
when you're ready to go, I just hit the button, and see
if it fires.
KATHY SABINE: Whoa, nice!
Catch it.
Catch it.

We have one more.
It's a little bigger, Jeff.
JEFF FRANCIS: I can't even throw a ball that far.
STEVE SPANGLER: This one's just a little bit bigger.
Just because I thought that 10 Mentos would
be better than one.
Go for it.
KATHY SABINE: Maybe I'll just move out of the way.
STEVE SPANGLER: Home run, people!

Ladies and gentlemen, let's hear it for Jeff Francis!
STEVE SPANGLER: Thanks, buddy.
Thank you very much.
No problem.
On injured reserve, anytime you want to practice your
pitching, let us know, and we'll help you out.
KATHY SABINE: Thanks, Jeff.
STEVE SPANGLER: Once again, people, nice round of applause
for our Colorado Rockies.
Part of our Guinness World Record is the largest physics
lesson over a 30-minute period of time.
And so that means we've got to at least incorporate a
test of some kind.
So if our nice people who are controlling our video board
will show us what the test looks like, it'll be right
behind you.
Take a look at this.
KATHY SABINE: Which element makes up most of the air that
we breathe?
STEVE SPANGLER: Are you ready for this?
So the answer is, C. Most of the air that
you breathe is nitrogen.
So, we have this little demonstration we want to do
right here, Kathy.
KATHY SABINE: Little demonstration, Steve?
He never does anything little.
STEVE SPANGLER: We've never done this before, so--
I mean with you, anyway.
I practiced one time with a friend.
And, honestly, the ambulance showed up really
fast, so it's fine.
Do you have the goodies for us?
We've got a lot of stuff that we have to bring out here, so
take a look at this.
KATHY SABINE: Oh, Steve, I don't have to
get in that, do I?
STEVE SPANGLER: No, no, no, no, no.
Thank you, Harmony, I appreciate it.
Good job.
We've got some hot water that's over here.
KATHY SABINE: Cold water would be nice.
STEVE SPANGLER: Which is probably pretty good.
Kathy, see your boots from the 9News weather center?
When Steve has me put on my wellies, something
bad's going to happen.
STEVE SPANGLER: I would take off those sandals--
although they're very nice-- and I'd stick on those boots.
We have a very scientific instrument for you.
It's called a bag.
KATHY SABINE: It looks like a body bag.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's a poncho.
Put on your poncho.
I'll help you.

Got it?
KATHY SABINE: I don't know.
Do I got it?
STEVE SPANGLER: You're fine.
Inside the trash can, we now are going to put some of that
liquid nitrogen.
So I have Brian on this side and Jeff on this side, and
what I'm going to have them do is to pour
in the liquid nitrogen.
If you take the air that we breathe, and you compress it,
and you get it very cold, you get liquid nitrogen.
Now, Kathy, the safety glasses are great, but this is going
to be awesome.
So put on your--
got it?
How are you looking?

So here's the deal.
We're going to take hot water that's at about to 200 degrees
right now, so it's really, really hot, and then we're
going to dump it into the liquid nitrogen.
And, I don't know, you might see a little
bubbling take place.
KATHY SABINE: Wouldn't you be afraid if you were me?
STEVE SPANGLER: Or you might get a cloud.
And if it's cool, hopefully we get to hear from you.
Fair enough?
OK, Kathy, here we go.
KATHY SABINE: What do I do, Steve?
STEVE SPANGLER: Prepare for whatever.
KATHY SABINE: Prepare for whatever?
STEVE SPANGLER: Countdown from five.
BOTH: Five, four, three, two, one.

STEVE SPANGLER: Isn't that wild?
That was refreshing!
STEVE SPANGLER: That kind of fun?
I love that!
Can we do that again, Steve?
STEVE SPANGLER: We made a cloud, people.
This is a cloud, right?
So there's our liquid nitrogen.
We went from a liquid to a gas in just a second.
Let me take this off.
KATHY SABINE: That was very cool and refreshing, Steve.
STEVE SPANGLER: It was cool.
What we had, people, was an explosion.
But what were we missing with the explosion?
We were missing the kaboom, right?
So would you look right in front of you.
There are four trash cans and four trashcanologists--
I don't know what else to call them.
KATHY SABINE: Sounds good to me, Steve.
STEVE SPANGLER: These guys here are going to help us with
the next spot.
Please understand that what's going to happen is only
happening here at Coors Field.
We are not doing this at school.
We are not doing this at home.
This is just our special demonstration that we are
fortunate to be able to share with you.
KATHY SABINE: Steve, there's stuff in my boots.
STEVE SPANGLER: They have a bottle
sitting down by the side.
They have a funnel-- show them the funnel, if you don't mind.
They have safety glasses, and they have safety gloves.
All right.
Ready, team?
give them a little applause and a little cheering for the
pouring because it's a little hard getting it in there.
Julie, you are going to speed that up a little bit?
Good job.
So we figured that a little, tiny kaboom at the very end
would be a wonderful way to finish up our program.
Team, would you show me when you are at that point.
You can hold up the bottle and show me.
Please notice their safety glasses on.
Kathy, you and I have our safety glasses on.
So now we're going to get a rapid expansion of that gas.
Three, two, one, cap it.
Cap it, cap it, cap it.
Drop it.

Cover your ears!
Cover your ears.
I'm sorry.
I forgot to tell you, cover your ears.
Let's hear it.
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STEVE SPANGLER: Nice job, guys, all the way around.
That was fun.
KATHY SABINE: Way to go!
STEVE SPANGLER: Ladies and gentlemen, from Guinness World
Record, would you please welcome
the stage Danny Gerten.
Come on up, Danny.
KATHY SABINE: Let's hear it.

DANNY GERTEN: Thanks, guys.
Everybody having a great time today?
DANNY GERTEN: I know I sure did.
It was really fantastic to see all of you take part in this
amazing event.
Guinness World Records is the ultimate authority on
record-breaking achievement.
And it inspires people to strive for their personal best
while making the ordinary extraordinary.
And that is something, without question, that each of the
5,401 of you did today in helping to set the new
Guinness World Records achievement for the largest
physics lesson.

STEVE SPANGLER: Kathy, hang on to that.
That's really good.
Thank you very much.
DANNY GERTEN: Thank you, Steve.
STEVE SPANGLER: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much
for helping us out.
We can't thank you enough for being a part of it.
Thank you very much to Guinness World Record.
Huge thanks to my great friends at 9News, to Kathy
Sabine for helping make this possible.
And please a nice round of applause for the Colorado
Rockies who is helping us enjoy--
The coolest part about yesterday was seeing the video
once it all was ingested.
And you see the helicopter flying over.
And the event's, like, bigger than life.
I'm a science teacher, and all of a sudden, there's
7,000-plus people there all blowing up wind bags.
And to see our team come out and do the geysers, and the
people cheering.
And all of the concerns about the sound, people could hear.
And seeing the thing on the Jumbotron was great.
And then it kind of made sense, because at the very
end, the judge from Guinness World Records stands up, and
it's like, oh I forgot about that.
We were going for a Guinness World Record.
And then you go, tada!
We got it.
How cool is that?
For a teacher to say, well here's the
Guinness World Record.
Maybe the best part is that my kids were in the front row.
And they got to come up and take off school.
And when your three boys give you a thumbs up,
life's pretty good.