Sunday, August 9, 2015

"All life is an experiment.

The more experiments you make the better."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think retail is a giant experiment these days.  Do we point and click or go brick and mortar?  Every shop is an experiment.  Will the inventory sell?  It is like putting chemicals in a test tube, shaking, and hoping they do not explode but create a pleasant odor or color.  The younger generations do shop differently though because they have been raised with their i-phones and Amazon prime.  Shopping may look like an experiment in buying to them!
And speaking of experiments, I ended up with a box of test tubes art auction.  A simple little glass container, but who designed it?  
The creator was a French nobleman, Antoine Lavoisier.  Lavoisier was a powerful member of a number of aristocratic councils and an administrator of the Ferme Générale. The Ferme générale was one of the most hated components of the Ancien Régime because of the profits it took at the expense of the state, the secrecy of the terms of its contracts, and the violence of its armed agents.  All of these political and economic activities enabled him to fund his scientific research.  I cannot imagine politicians using their campaign funds to work on scientific research.
Lavoisier also recognized and named oxygen in 1778 having discovered its role in combustion, and he added hydrogen in 1783.  He helped design the metric system and wrote the first extensive list of elements.  Something else that has impacted many women in the 21st century, he predicted the existence of silicon in 1787.  
In our 3 R mentality: reuse, recycle, repurpose, I offer some ideas...
Single serve cocoa...
 test tube hot cocoa
or Hot Cocoa wands...
test tube hot cocoa
Party favors...Halloween ones here...
test tube halloween party favors
I have bed springs!
I am sure you could search Pinterest also.  From toilet paper rolls to soda bottles, you can overload on the 3 Rs!  But, in case you want to be a little creative with a test tube, I have a stash.  

Oh, a little trivia about using test tubes...the first successful birth of a "test tube baby", Louise Brown, occurred in 1978.  Robert Edwards, the physiologist who developed the treatment, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2010. With egg donation and IVF, women who are past their reproductive years or menopause can still become pregnant. Adriana Iliescu held the record as the oldest woman to give birth using IVF and donated egg, when she gave birth in 2004 at the age of 66, a record passed in 2006.  So, just in case you are thinking about it...
"Experimentation is the least arrogant method of gaining knowledge. The experimenter humbly asks a question of nature." ~  Isaac Asimov 

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