Blue Ivy Is Now Personally Teaching Me Science

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Cultural icon/celebrity child Blue Ivy, age 8, is better at informing the public about the dangers of covid-19 than several of our elected officials. This is not necessarily a surprise, but now we have video proof.

On Saturday, Tina Knowles posted an Instagram IGTV clip of Blue Ivy explaining the science behind and importance of soap in fighting a pandemic. I did not know this, because my brain pushed out everything I learned from Bill Nye the Science Guy in favor of memorizing every single bad rom-com from the early aughts, but soap literally repels dirt, germs, and apparently, black pepper.

Blue Ivy demonstrated this very nicely, filling a bowl with water and black pepper, and sticking a soap-covered finger right in it. What happened next will AMAZE you, provided you are me, and therefore science-illiterate:

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Wash your hands, please, for me, for humanity, and for Blue Ivy, who should be protected at all costs. 

Night blogger, author of GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE YOU HATE.

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Stephan Zielinski

I did not know this, because my brain pushed out everything I learned from Bill Nye the Science Guy in favor of memorizing every single bad rom-com from the early aughts, but soap literally repels dirt, germs, and apparently, black pepper.

No.

What’s happening in that video is the soap is reducing the surface tension of the water. Scientific American has a kid-friendly page about this at Use Surface Tension to Make Pepper Dance!

Soap is useful in handwashing because down at the molecular level, it has one end that likes water and another that likes oil.

. . . oh, here. Let Alton Brown explain it.