Flubber Failure

Grandma Kc wrote this on June 27th, 2014 18 Replies

This is a special memory from my own childhood.

I think I have always loved going to the movies. The theater in Jonesville closed when I was about ten and The Dawn Theater in Hillsdale was the closest. It was the only theater and it would play the same movie for months, or at least that is how I remember it. There was also a drive-in theater outside of town but it was only open during the summer months. I loved the concession stand at the drive-in.

It was 1961 when I saw The Absent Minded Professor. Our mom had dropped us off for the matinee in Hillsdale. I don’t really remember watching the movie I just remember going home convinced that I could come up with the magical formula that would make things fly just as The Professor had done. I found a large Ball jar and started by putting flour, yeast and water in it. Sealed it up tight and began to shake! I held it in the palms of both hands expecting it to levitate immediately.

I had recently learned all about baking bread using yeast to make it rise. Certainly yeast was the solution to my formula. So I shook it again and nothing happened. Well, maybe it was like bread and I needed to let it just sit for a while in a warm spot. By bedtime that night nothing had happened so I did what any aspiring child chemist would do, I added more yeast!

I added more again in the morning. I remember the bus ride to school the next day, I shook that jar and I let everyone on the bus shake that jar but no matter what nothing was happening. I remember our bus driver seemed a bit concerned that my concoction was somehow going to be dropped on the school bus floor and my Flubber Failure was going to go everywhere! I was so disappointed that I hadn’t made Flubber. All I had done was make a big sticky glob and use up most of mom’s yeast!

I never made it as a chemist!

18 thoughts on “Flubber Failure

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Love this memory even though I don’t remember the movie. Movie theaters I remember because I went every Sunday afternoon. I had three theaters to pick from within walking distance, and I went with my 50 cents – 25 cents for a ticket and 25 for snacks. There was always a double feature with news and cartoons (I’m telling my age range here. :-)). I could buy popcorn for 10 cents and at intermission I’d get a fudge bar for 15cents. As I look back, 50 cents was a lot of money but I’m guessing it gave my over worked Mom a very much needed break. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      If we would have had 3 theaters it would have been wonderful. I do think you are right – it gave Mom a bit of a break and it was a safe place back then to be dropped off. Wouldn’t do it now!

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  2. Joyce

    Sometimes you wonder when you see the “Don’t try this at home!” disclaimer! Kids really get into these ideas! I never saw “Flubber” but I did see “The Shaggy Dog” and was fascinated in the same way. I wished I could change my appearance and enjoy the same adventures, but I was never creative enough to actually try making the potion!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I loved the Shaggy Dog, too! Those really were fun movies and they certainly sparked our imagination. For me movies really were a great escape, they made you dream! Plus it was the social part of it, too, all the kids piling into the theater – much different now. They just turn on their tablets or IPads.

      A simpler life!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I really wish I could remember what happened to that jar. I am pretty sure I would have hidden it from my mom but I don’t really remember! With the cost of movies today it is amazing that anyone actually goes out to the movies anymore! Plus the price of concessions – ouch!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The demise of the jar is the one part of the story I can’t remember! I can’t imagine the nuns would let me bring it to class and I don’t think I told my mom… Wish I could remember the rest!

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  3. Launna

    This is cute Kc… this reminds me of my Valentina… I was sure she was destined to be chemist, she was forever mixing my spices… liquids… I had to replace everything and put it up high 😉

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Replacing everything in your spice cupboard probably was expensive but I couldn’t help but laugh. It does sound like something I would have done!

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  4. Sandy Siegel

    You may not have been destined to be a chemist, but you sure can take pride in your cooking skills (which is sort of like chemistry). You are sharing your knowledge with Amara and making cooking a fun and exciting ‘experiment’ for her (colored pancakes, various forms of monkeybread, decorated cakes and cookies). 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      We do have fun trying all sorts of different recipes – especially for monkey bread! Some of the new recipes we try are certainly an experiment but so far we haven’t failed!

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  5. KImberly

    Are you sure your name isn’t Pippi Longstocking? I do believe they created that hysterical character based on your childhood. Aren’t you kind of amazed you lived through it. Too funny.

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