"Life Savers Lightning" Looks Amazing In Slow Motion

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 3 months ago in Science


You've probably heard that Wint-O-Green Life Savers will spark if you bite them in the dark. The phenomenon is due to triboluminescence, the creation of light when chemical bonds are broken, in this case by crushing. Destin Sandlin, of the YouTube channel "Smarter Every Day," has captured the sparks with a high-speed camera and the results are pretty cool.
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According to Assignment writing service Normally, the light that’s emitted is mostly ultraviolet, which the human eye can’t see. But wintergreen flavoring, Methyl salicylate, is fluorescent, which means it absorbs the ultraviolet light emitted by the nitrogen molecules and then re-emits it as light in the visible spectrum. That’s why the sparks produced by biting into a Wint-O-Green Lifesavers candy is a bright, blue color you can easily see, even without a high-speed camera.
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Male 3,979
Where is everybody? This place has been quiet lately... maybe too quiet. ~Squrlz peers suspiciously into the thick internet undergrowth surrounding IAB~
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Male 5,417
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Male 3,979
thezigrat ZIG! Have you been eating IABers again?!  O.O
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Male 202
squrlz4ever it seems as though I was not the only one to grow weary of the vitriol and neglect. Greener trees await you as well, kind master squirrel.
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Male 3,979
AgamemnonTheGreat Now, now. I'd encourage you to be a bit more forgiving of IAB's faults and try to focus on the good. This is a pretty amazing place, all in all. I've been hanging out in the IAB oak tree for years and have no desire to leave.
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Male 202
squrlz4ever you see though, I've been here for years as well. I've simply been lurking. In that time I've seen the brilliance and beauty wane, and the celebration-of-all-things-partisan replace it. Not to mention that I've tried to get the attention of the administrator here now for months (literally) as his site is broken (let users delete accounts, damnit!) and have heard nothing back. It's been a pleasure making your acquaintance, but I'm out, amigo. Adios.
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Male 3,979
AgamemnonTheGreat Okay then. Nice meeting you too. Should you change your mind, you know where to find us. ~waves paw~
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Male 569
AgamemnonTheGreat The vitriol I can live with but the neglect is getting annoying.  Case in point: Photos #243... or should I say 242.
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Male 5,417
irk Tha'ts just one post screw up, forgive him he knows not what he is doing
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Male 7,568
squrlz4ever Just busy with work.
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Male 3,806
squrlz4ever I'm here and you will probably be pleased to know that I have made peace with the squirrels in my yard. Broke down and bought one of those squirrel proof bird feeders and it really works! The little critters are content to eat what the birds drop off the ground without even a thought about trying to get past that baffle. So happy was I that I actually bought a squirrel feeder that I keep filled with peanuts and we all live in blissful harmony.
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Male 5,417
trimble I miss the squirrel I had under my trailer
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Male 3,979
trimble Go, you! That's awesome. You've arrived at a level of squirrel understanding that eludes lesser mortals.

What a lot of people don't understand is that putting out birdseed within reach of squirrels and expecting them not to eat it just isn't realistic. But if you put out just a moderate amount of food expressly for the squirrels, we'll usually be willing to leave the birdfeeder alone. Especially if the birdfeeder has squirrel baffles on it.
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Male 3,806
squrlz4ever And for some reason they wont mess with the finch socks filled with nyjer seed so you can hang them in the trees. I got's gobs of finch variety all day long, very cool
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Male 3,979
trimble Speaking personally, if a hooman puts out just four or five peanuts in the shell (unsalted, please) for me, I am content and will honor his or her kindness by leaving the birdfeeder unmolested.

On the other paw, if I have to sit there and watch the blue jays chowing down on sunflower seeds while my stomach is rumbling, well, things are going to get interesting.

I usually won't touch thistle seeds because they get stuck between my incisors, which results in a lisp: "Goth darn it. A thithle theed ith thtuck in my teeth. I hate when that happenth!" Then the chickadees start laughing at me and I have to go back home to floss. *sigh*
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Male 1
Yes I have heard this about "Life savers lightning" through do my coursework friends and its quite a good video .
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Male 5,417
I wonder what these would do if you microwave them?
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Male 3,979
thezigrat Sounds like that's an experiment with your name written on it.

I was just reading a bit more about triboluminescence. It's pretty interesting. Apparently, every flavor of Life Savers will emit light when the candy is suddenly crushed. In fact, any hard sugar candy will. But in most instances, it's almost impossible to see because most of the light that's given off is ultraviolet, which is invisible to us. The reason we're able to see the flash of light with the Wint-O-Green Life Savers is because that particular flavor contains oil of wintergreen (AKA methyl salicylate), which has the peculiar property of absorbing ultraviolet light and re-emitting it in the visible spectrum as blue light.

Pretty amazing. Who knew all this physics and chemistry was hiding inside a roll of Life Savers?
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Male 1,046
squrlz4ever Really cool, thanks for looking that up.  I kinda wanted to do some more research on the subject but have been busy at work today not bored so didn't really have the chance.  Came back and saw this, so thanks.
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Male 3,979
waldo863 I'm so glad you liked the extra info. Sharing interesting information like this with others is one of my chief joys of this place.
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Male 3,730
Very cool!

btw Proverbs 25:2 = It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

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Male 3,979
monkwarrior Nice quote. I like it.
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