Mid-Week Science Project

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about home spun solutions to problems and a childhood memory came crashing over me. I was only 7 years old and my father and I were on our way to go fish the Yellowstone early one spring. We stopped in a small shop on the way and bought a bottle of floatant. In those days your options were limited and this was some homespun magic that the guy probably made in his garage.

Needless to say I’ll never forget how much my father loved that stuff and claimed it was the best he had ever used (and still talks about it to this day). Being his son I naturally agreed with him without any basis of opinion whatsoever.

I did a little research and found an old book about fly fishing online. Old people had all this stuff figured out back then, we just have better label machines now so we make everything appear to be a niche off shoot of rocket science. Check it out, page 168 is what you’re looking for.

So I pulled out a jar of pickles from the fridge, ate them all, and began my science experiment according to the writings of Mr. Bergman.

The Wax
The Wax

Added a little bit of fuel from the lawnmower can and started waiting for it to dissolve.

Paraffin & Gasoline
Paraffin & Gasoline

I was under the impression this process can take days so I will update as necessary to see how long it really does take. First check-up was 5 hours in…


Significant progress at 12 hours.


36 hours in and were pretty much fully dissolved. The viscosity also changed along with other physical characteristics (note transparency). Looks like we’re ready for field trials this weekend.


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