Chemistry in Action - The Electric Pickle

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This next Chemistry in Action demo is possibly one of my favorites: The Electric Pickle. Sounds funny, but today's free Chemistry video demonstrates that electrolytes allow a solution to conduct electricity. I don't want to spoil the video, but Professor Gordon Yee wires a pickle and plugs it into an outlet. The resulting reaction is both unexpected and really interesting. In scientific terms, the pickle contains electrolytes that allow the current to flow through it. Make sure you keep an eye out for when he unplugs it to see something you've never seen before: that pickle is SMOKING! Obviously this is something you don't want to try at home, but you can watch the video and see exactly what happens without endangering yourself.

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