Move over Silica...

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  1. Max Leung

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    After eating my commemorative Chinese Autumn Festival mooncake (imported from Hong Kong!), I found this little packet in the wrapper - I mistook it for one of those silica packets that so many worship as if they were the second coming of Apple computer.

    But nope, this packet is labelled "AGELESS" and has the dual-talented warning "DO NOT EAT" and "DO NOT MICROWAVE". And then elsewhere it has the interesting moniker: "Oxygen Absorber".

    This seems so much more powerful than silica - whoa, an Oxygen Absorber? Like, wow...

    Does this mean unlimited hydrogen if I throw this into a bottle of Dasani(tm)? I must harness this ultimate power, and obtain limitless energy to power my iPod!

    But wait - what if I combine this with silica? Hmmm..

    #@$%^&~
    NO CARRIER
     
  2. MarkHastings

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    But silica absorbs Oxygen AND hydrogen! [​IMG]
     
  3. matt bee

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    So did you toss it in the microwave to see what happens?
     
  4. Max Leung

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    Silica can absorb both, yes, but it is much more fun to have this new packet ONLY absorb the oxygen - which begs the question, where does the hydrogen go?

    If I leave this packet sitting on my desk, will it result in a fiery explosion when all the hydrogen from the moisture in the air is released into the atmo?

    But wait - if we have enough of these, all the O2 in the world will be absorbed, leaving only hydrogen behind - this will kill all life on earth!

    And it says DO NOT MICROWAVE. Its gotta be better! Right?

    (No, I haven't stuck it in the microwave yet - I'm too chicken)
     
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    Oh yeah.. that's a good idea: let's remove all the oxygen, leaving hydrogen - the most flammable gas - and create heat in the process!

    This sounds like a recipe for disaster.





    BTW.. where can I get a mooncake? It sounds delicious.
     
  7. ThomasC

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    A Chinese store is your best (and probably only) bet. They're mainly made for the Chinese Autumn Festival, which has already passed, so you may have trouble finding them.
     
  8. Max Leung

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    Yeah, it will be nearly impossible to find. The moon only turns to cheese once a year, hence why it is so rare! Not to mention that we have to wait for it to fall from the sky. (This explains the Chinese space program...if they make it to the moon in time for next autumn, there should be enough mooncakes for everyone for months after the festival is over!)

    Right now mooncakes are darned expensive - $5 CDN each!
     
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    Did you buy yours online, Max? Or did family send them?

    Dave, if you'd like, you can make them yourself, but I've never tried homemade mooncakes before. I've always just had ones made in a bakery.

    About.com - Moon Festival (Mooncake recipes are at the end of the article)
     
  10. Max Leung

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    Bought them - imported from Hong Kong, sold in the chinese supermarkets.

    The Hong Kong imports had the Oxygen Absorbers in them - they tasted the most fresh compared to the Vancouver-made ones I also bought last week.

    A local bakery makes them too - but supposedly they are terrible (too sweet) compared to the real Hong Kong cakes ($27 on sale for four pieces).
     
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    Yeah, perhaps Mooncake is the secret name for the new Chinese Hydrogen Bomb [​IMG]
     
  12. Chu Gai

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    But hydrogen is only flammable if there's oxygen for it combine with, no?
     
  13. Max Leung

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    Yes, that is true Chu, you have to be careful not to capture too much of the O2! Maybe there is a way to extract the O2 from the packets? NASA, are you listening? [​IMG]

    Hmmm...I like the idea of edible hydrogen bombs, Mark! I hope helicopters don't follow me home...
     
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    Oh come now, the trees provide a constant source of O2. Of course, if you were to release nitrous oxide into the air then the would provide an oxygen source.
     
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    Mmmmmmm, moon cake!

    I've never liked the real expensive ones... The ones that are like US$5 each as my sisters always prefer the cheapo no-egg yolk nut kind. One thing about mooncakes is that they certainly are very dense and very filling. I can't imagine eating a whole mooncake as 1 serving. My family would always cut it in quarters and eat just 1/4 of the moon cake at a sitting.

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  16. Max Leung

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    Do you think there is enough energy in a mooncake to wipe out a city block?

    You sure feel like you can after eating an entire serving!

    Maybe the oxygen absorber is there to keep it from going off while in transit!
     
  17. Jay H

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    Erh, on the other hand, I think you are supposed to toss away the mooncake as the Mooncake is only there to preserve the Silica packet! [​IMG]

    Jay
     
  18. Joe Szott

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    I think that packet was Silica, just rebranded to reach the last few holdouts of our culture.

    Like Creationism suddenly becomes Intelligent Design and is reborn, so does Silicia become AGELESS in its quest for world domination.

    OOooo ... og ... Suggoth! Silicia! Aiiii!!!
     
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    I stand corrected, this "Hydrogen Bomb" wouldn't necessarily explode, it would implode. [​IMG]
     
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    So long as we don't find ourselves on the wrong side of an Oxygen Absorber gap.
     

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