The View: Jeffrey Vinokur The Dancing Scientist
Jeffrey Vinokur, The Dancing Scientist, came by The View to perform some science experiments. I don’t know about you, but I grew up on Bill Nye, and this guy didn’t hold a candle to him. Still, maybe small children love him?
Whoopi Goldberg began the segment by warning children not to try any of this at home.
The View: Jeffrey Vinokur Powdered Coffee Creamer
Jeffrey Vinokur began by talking about how powdered coffee creamer is flammable if it gets into the air. He put a tablespoon of coffee creamer in a clear plastic tube and blew it at a tiki torch, and exploded a huge flame into the air. He said the same thing can happen with cornstarch and offered the tube to Whoopi Goldberg, but she said no.
The View: Jeffrey Vinokur Cabbage Water Experiment
Jeffrey Vinokur then did an experiment which can be done at home. Everyone knows that if you mix baking soda and vinegar, it bubbles up. This was similar to that.
He blended up red cabbage in a blender with water, which causes the pigment of the red cabbage to go into the water. He put the cabbage-colored water into four containers. First, Whoopi poured lemon juice into the cabbage juice to create a nice pink color. He then poured ammonia into another one of the containers, which made an ugly green color. In another container, they added baking soda, which created a blue color.
The View: Jeffrey Vinokur Drain Cleaner Balloon Experiment
It was this experiment that really changed my opinion about The Dancing Scientist. This was really interesting. He said that the most dangerous thing in the home is drain cleaner. Drain cleaner can unclog your drain by eating away the hair and grease in your drainpipe, but it can also eat metal and stone. You absolutely do not want to use these on aluminum, like your aluminum kitchen sink or garbage disposal.
To demonstrate what happens, he poured the drain cleaner in a beaker filled with aluminum gum wrappers. This combination generates hydrogen gas. This gas is very flammable. So if you use this on your aluminum kitchen sink as a cleaner and leave it overnight, when you turn on your stove, you could have an explosion.
Jeffrey Vinokur used the hydrogen gas to fill a balloon and used a lighter to set it on fire. The balloon exploded.
The View: Jeffrey Vinokur Dancing
Then Jeffrey Vinokur demonstrated why he’s called The Dancing Scientist. He drank some of the cabbage juice and then suddenly started dancing. He pretended he didn’t know what was happening. He was actually a pretty good dancer.