Myth Busters Barnyard Style

February 9, 2018

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Has anyone seen posts like this on Facebook? I have seen tons, and been tagged in them and messaged them… and everything. I just kept thinking… that can’t possibly work, this has got to be a myth or non-urban legend? Right? So you know me, I had to try it.

(BTW, this was the one messaged to me, I am not sure who to give credit to, if its yours and want credit let me know I will be happy to give it to you. If its yours and don’t want credit, I’ll be happy to use a different image instead.)

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So, I started with a water bottle, filled it 1/3 the way full of salt (I used table salt, iodized I think.) Filled the bottle the rest of the way full of warm water and gave it a good shaking and put the lid on tight.

And if you’re following facebook you may have seen the Aquafina video that has gone viral as well. So I should have double not freezing super powers.

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That evening I tossed the bottle in the tank while I was watering the cows and Tooth Fairy. This was January 18. The high for the day was 36, the low was 14. So in Wyoming, thats a pretty, balmy, nice winter day.

I don’t know what I expected. Certainly not the whole ice cube melted in the tank, but maybe, just maybe a dent under the water bottle? That would be encouraging.

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January 19, 2018. The high was 37, the low was 27. Even nicer weather, but no dent, no puddle, no indication that this little trick has done anything.

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January 20, high 37, low 26, no difference what-so-ever.

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The black cow thinks I’m ridiculous. And yes, I probably am.

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So while I was filling my water tank, the hose left a little hole in the ice, so I stuck the bottle in the hole. I figured that would test the ice melting capabilities.

(Then Aiden came by and said, “Mom, you dropped your bottle in the water tank.”

No, hun, I did it on purpose. So he put the bottle back in the hole, but upside down, of course.)

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January 21, high 32, low 14. The ice is frozen straight up to the water bottle.

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January 29, high 37, low 21. Frozen.

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February 2, high 38, low 21.

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February 5, high 20, low 11.

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February 8, high 42, low 9.

Ok, so I may have done something wrong, but in the words of Jamie and Adam, “This myth is busted.” In my book at least.

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