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Lava Lites And Other Cool Things

Updated on June 7, 2013

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How to make a lava lamp

Lava Lamp Wonders

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History Of The Lava Light

Admit it ant one time or another you owned and loved one of those clear, vase like, ooze filled lamps. They were coo, they were fun, they were hypnotic.

At least that's how Chicago bussinessman Adolf Wertheimer felt when he first viewed a astrolight at a furniture convention in Germany. Created by Englishman Craven Walker, it was a cylinder, tapered at the end and filled with water and a glob of colored sticky wax. Warmed by a coil in the base, the wax swelled, twisted and rose and fell through the water. When it reached the top away from the heat the wax would cool and fall only to heat up and rise again.

Though there was a light bulb in the base of the lamp, the Astrolight was intended to provide a colorful, psychedelic light show, not room lighting illumination. Wertheimer knew the lamp would appeal to young American's and he imported them under the name lava lamps. He sold 2 million of them by 1970, though sales tapered off when the hippies of the 1960s became the bussinessmen and women of the 1970s. Also consumers were bummed out by the fact that the wax tended to come apart and bead after a few years use not putting on the show they once did.

Nostalgia and a 20th anniverary marketing campaign caused a Lava Lamp comeback in 1985 and today various versions of them are still sold.

Did you ever own a Lava Lamp. What did you do with it. Where is it now. Don't be afraid to post a comment and let us know below.  

Make A Mountain Dew Glow In The Dark

Make A Mountain Dew Glow In The Dark

You can create your own Lava Lamp from a regular Mountain Dew and amaze your family and friends. ( Caution , don't drink it after you make it glow ).

It really is a simple process to make a regular bottle of mountain dew glow in the dark. You will need the below.

1. 1 Regular Bottle Of Mountain Dew

2. One Box Of Regular Baking Soda

3. One Bottle Of Hydrogen Peroxide

And then just simply folloe the directions you will find in the below video. And before you know it you will have your very own bottle of Mountain Dew that will glow brightly in the dark. Why not post a comment below and let us know what you think about this little project.  

Glow in the Dark Mountain Dew (Does Work)

How to Make Glow in the Dark Ice

Glow In The Dark Ice Cubes
Glow In The Dark Ice Cubes

Glow In The Dark Ice Cubes

It's really easy to make glow in the dark ice cubes. Simply fill a ice cube tray with tonic water and freeze. Tonic Water glows brightly blue under a black light. So now you know another way to amaze your family and friends.

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      Dorothy 5 years ago

      I have one of the first lava lamps. It has a gold base and red wax. In fact, I have it on right now and enjoy it very much!

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      Gator Hater 6 years ago

      Cool but that's not the real directions u have to put the stuff inside a glow-stick in the bottle but due to the color of mt dew u can't tell that the stuff inside a glow-stick is in the bottle

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      .... 7 years ago

      does the mountain dew glow every day??

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      Cayden Ryan 7 years ago from Strasburg

      Mountain Dew, glowing, this is truly spectacular!

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      Ash 8 years ago

      cool trick it awesome!!!!!!!!

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      jmaclay 8 years ago

      i completely dig the Mountain Dew glow but will have to try the ice cubes too.

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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Wow this is SO cool! Thanks!

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      imadork 8 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Cool Mountain Dew trick!

      Did you ever hear about that moron that put his lava lamp on the stove-top because his light-bulb burnt out? The lamp exploded due to the high pressure from too much heat and a shard of glass went into his chest and killed him.

      By the way...I have had a lava lamp since childhood and still have one.