Questions are in and so are the answers! If you haven’t checked it out before, Madeleine is my just-turned-4-year-old daughter. She loves answering your questions. Submit them on our FB page! Send them in using the “contact” button. Whatever works!
Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
Madeleine: [Laughing] I don’t know, Mommy!! [Well, what do you think? Take a guess.] I just don’t know. Can we do crafts?
Stinky Old Mom: I don’t know either…but Google does! Apparently, the answer is air. Glue needs air in order to activate its sticky properties or set. “In some cases, there is a solvent in the glue that helps keep the molecules in the glue from cross-linking (getting sticky). The glue doesn’t solidify in the bottle or stick to it because of the solvent. The solvent evaporates in a half-empty bottle of glue, but this is limited by the space in the bottle,” says Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.
How can you work with people who are far away?
Madeleine: You can just call them or go visit them.
Stinky Old Mom: Sounds good to me. Also, there is Skype (if you are appropriately clothed). E-mail is easy, but there is nothing like a conversation filled with facial expressions you can actually see. Telecommuting can be isolating and out-of-sight-out-of- mind can be a bad thing come time for evaluations. Make sure you keep yourself in-touch with everyone. Why not send the office some doughnuts one morning?
What are some good things to do to have a good summer vacation?
Watch Madeleine answer live!