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How Jell-O Works

Whether it's in the school cafeteria or at a family picnic, there are few people who haven't eaten Jell-O. There's something about the way it jiggles that makes it fun to play with and fun to eat. It can also be molded into tons of different shapes. But how does turn from a liquid into a wobbly treat? Read on for the scoop!

The Ingredients

Jell-O has five basic ingredients: gelatin, water, sugar, artificial flavors and food coloring. It's the gelatin that makes Jell-O hold its shape. Gelatin is processed protein, called collagen, which is found in most animals.

Putting the Moo in Glue

The gelatin in Jell-O is made from the collagen in cow or pig bones and skins. Contrary to popular opinion, hooves and horns aren't often used to make gelatin. Manufacturers grind up these animal parts and use acid, and alkali chemical processes to break down the cellular structures and release the collagen. Next, the mixture is boiled. The stuff that forms a layer on top is gelatin.

The Nuts and Bolts of Gelatin

Gelatin has a structure similar to DNA. With DNA there are two chains (called nucleotides) that twist together in a spiral (known as a double-helix). Gelatin protein has three separate chains (called amino acids) that twist around each other. These chains are held together by weak bonds that form between the amino acids.

Making the Quaking

When you add the flavor and gelatin mixture to boiling water, the powder dissolves and the weak bonds that hold together the protein chains break apart. The chains float around free and loose in your mixing bowl until you add cold water and put the mixture in the fridge. As it cools, the chains start bonding again. The chains become tangled when they are stirred, and water gets into gaps between the chains. The gelatin "chains" and the trapped water and flavor are what make Jell-O wiggle.

 

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What is the Best Thing to do with Jell-O?

  • Throw it at people.
  • Eat it!
  • Jell-O wrestling.
  • Make people shapes with it.

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Before I get started with the prologue I just want to  let you guys know this has not been completely edited yet. I'm going to be posting them in chapters/sections. Prologue The air was still crisp, though the explosion had happened weeks ago. But then again, nothing seemed like it was a few weeks ago. The explosion had come out of nowhere; nobody really knew what happened. Some say somebody left their stove on. Others say somebody made it happen on purpose. I don’t know what to believe, I don’t even know if anyone else is alive. All I know is that my parents died in the explosion. I don’t know if I have any sibling, aunts, uncles. I’m surprised I’m alive, my clothes are still singed from the fire. I haven’t found any supplies. I don’t even know which way I’m supposed to go. I doubt you would want to know my name, but in case you were wondering it’s Blake...Blake Hensworth.
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"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote:Somewhat along the lines of what @inkdeath said is my philosophy, Lol, what? but put into my own words, I think real-life bullying is worse because there's really not a way to escape it if it happens in a place you need to go to every day; meanwhile you can block/delete/report cyberbullies and they'll be dealt with easily. Totally agreed. But it is true @Sophieex_ that cyberbullying can be worse in that sense.Worse in what sense? As you said, you can block or report people and the situation will be dealt with. What sense??? It is not worse than real life bullying.
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"Sophieex_" wrote:Cyber-bullying is a real form of bullying, and in fact, it's probably worse than real-life bullying, because they exploit the anonymity that the Internet gives them, and they say more hurtful and cruel things.Yes, and you can block or ignore them. 
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I think that both are horrible but bullies are in real life so they physically hurt people
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A quote I dedicate to Powerslave, farewell. "No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth."
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