Triboluminescence is awesome! It used to entertain me as a child and it still entertains me as an adult. Or, to translate into Plain English: It’s awesome when you crunch on a Wint-O-Green Life Savers and it makes sparks!
That sounds like a random statement, doesn’t it? So let me back up so that you know how I got here.
Several weeks ago I bought a pack of minty Polos from a vending machine. As I popped the first one into my mouth, I was instantly reminded of how we used to enjoy WoG Life Savers as children because of the sparks.
So I posted my random memory on Facebook and enjoyed the back-and-forth comments from friends who 1) always thought it was an urban myth; 2) recalled with joy making sparks of their own; or 3) asked what Life Savers were (they’re America’s answer to Polos).
And then Mom offered to send me some.
And they arrived with an Easter parcel a few weeks ago.
And tonight, I finally broke the bag open.
And I went into the bathroom and closed the door (with the lights off).
And I chomped on a Life Savers.
And I smiled. A lot.
Now the challenge will be to not eat them all so that I can share them with my friends who never had the joy of making Life Saver sparks as children. But I bet they’ll enjoy making them as grownups!
How about you? Do you remember making Life Savers sparks when you were a kid?