How does this happen?

Do you ever wonder how people discover things?

Why would someone cut a thin persimmon seed in half, discover kitchen utensils, and decide to  predict weather with this information?

my persimmon seed 2012--fork

spoon = snow

Why would someone drop a Mento candy into a diet coke?

How did someone figure out that beet juice could be used as an ice melter?

Was it purely by accident?  Was someone walking along on an ice-covered path, while drinking a bottle of beet juice,  slip on the ice and spill their beet juice?  Did the ice melt immediately?  Who would drink beet juice?  Do scientists have such a different brain than me that they just experiment like this?

We are experiencing more ice in NW Arkansas.

ice on rain chain

To aid in keeping the roads from freezing, the highway department is trying a beet juice/salt method on the roads.  This is not a new idea.  Northern states have used this for years.

Apparently beet juice is more effective for melting ice when temperature drop below 25 degrees.  It is also effective even in sub-zero temps.  For some interesting info about using beet juice as an ice melter, check out the Missouri Department of Transportation article below.

http://www.modot.org/kansascity./winter_driving/sugarbeets.htm

Who would’ve guessed the lowly beet would rise to such distinction?

In the meantime,

How does this happen?

ice on rain chain

or this?

ice on rain chain

I need to get out of this house!

Brenda

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I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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22 Responses to How does this happen?

  1. Gail says:

    Hello….really enjoyed your writing!

  2. :lol:
    You are fun! I don’t know the answer to any of your questions, but I have some delicious coffee made, and you should come on down and we can discuss it! :)

  3. Lol Brenda! You crack me up!

  4. I found this youtube film you might like it.
    Persimmon Fruit Rollups & Chips – Diospyros Kaki: Fuyu & Hachiya
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzGSbJQEgoA

  5. Mags Corner says:

    I have often wondered how people find out that strange things will do the unexpected. I had never heard about the beet juice melting ice though. I have no idea how the ice formed like that in those pictures, but is kinda pretty. We have ice in my part of Arkansas too. Stay warm. I hope all the cold and ice gives us all a break for awhile. Hugs

  6. Indeed, who would drink beet juice? I couldn’t even imagine it being used on the roads because I was picturing red beets staining everyone’s car until I hit that link you provided and saw that the beets were white.

  7. Galute used to talk about using persimmons to predict the weather…Great post!

  8. Fun post! And I just LOVE the photo in your blog banner . . . cardinals just make me happy! Have a great weekend! :)

  9. Didn’t know about the beet juice! That is interesting and cool!

  10. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Beet juice as a deicer was new to me! I often wonder about discoveries like who came up with mayonnaise – whip egg yolks and slowly add oil while continuing to whip. Really? Some people clearly have too much time on their hands.

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