Playing with Zubbles: Blowing Colored Bubbles in the Kitchen
At the end of June, I heard that after many years of waiting, Zubbles were finally available for pre-order. I first learned of these magical colored bubbles in 2005, and have been waiting around patiently for them, ever since.
When this arrived at my desk around lunchtime, I had no idea what it was. Did I order something? Oh, wait!
At first, I was a little hesitant to blow bubbles in my office. I was debating going outside, but then remembered that the bubbles… though colored, didn’t stain. Moment of truth.
I sent out a quick email announcement to everyone in the office, letting them know I’d be trying out the Zubbles in the kitchen. I was a bit nervous, as a lot of our table and counter space is white, but… these things don’t stain, right?
Closeup of the two bottles that I got: pink and blue.
On hitting the floor, the bubbles left a small circular stain where they landed. Several folks went over to test the solution on their hands, and did indeed find that it disappeared quickly from the skin.
I let the liquid remain on the floor and we eventually cleaned things up with a wet paper towel (and easily, I might add). I left one spot untouched to see if it would disappear on its own, and it did.
As a test, Chris rubbed a little onto his shirt. While it didn’t instantly disappear it eventually did, and did so without a trace.
Ben, watching some blue bubbles sail by.
Sarah, trying out the blue.
Utopia trying out the pink.
Justin, building a massive multi-bubble.
Chris, helping to keep the bubles aloft.
A random thing we noticed: sometimes, the bubbles would hit the floor and bounce a little bit, before popping. I remember reading that one of the early colored bubble formulas attempted by Kehoe resulted in a bubble that bounced like a ball. Sadly, he could never re-create that batch… but the idea of a more solid bubble is almost as awesome as a colored bubble.