Saturday, January 11, 2014

50 Dangerous Things : #2 Lick a 9-volt Battery.

Number two - Lick a 9-volt battery! Eeep. This one got some of us feeling very nervous, indeed.
On the face of it, it seems pretty simple. Tongue plus battery, done. Right? But trying to get your brain to allow your hand to physically put that battery onto something as sensitive as your tongue is a a big hurdle!

As I expected, Otto (aged 4) took upon the task with gusto. He was very keen to go first, he stuck his tongue out and did it without much of a reaction at all. He wasn't keen to do it again, but he did it. He described the feeling as 'yuck'.
Abraham had a bit of a struggle to get his brain to cooperate, but did it pretty quickly. He described the feeling more like a bitter taste than an actual buzz.

Aesop, our nearly-nine year old, is a bright spark. He also struggles to do things that he is not 100% certain about. His brain works overtime and he struggles to overcome it. In a lot of ways, he is the main driving force behind us doing this 50 Dangerous Things challenge.
It took about 20 minutes of talking him into it,  but he felt so much better once he had done it. I knew the feeling of not being included in the challenge, and not having his picture in the book would be far worse than any discomfort from the battery!

I found this surprisingly easy. I had the initial panic and then decided that I needed to tough it out if there was any chance of Aesop having a turn. It was a really strange feeling, a buzzing, almost pinching sensation and a bitter metallic after taste.
Strange, but not truly shocking ; )

That makes 2/50 complete! Whoop!


  1. Eeek, I've never done that!
    I might have to sniff out this book - it looks fun!
    Inspirational as always :)
    (Also, you're a babe. summer looks good on you! xx)

  2. Bluergh! I remember doing that. Bitter is definitely the word! I might have to get a copy of the book to put aside, I would hate for Holly to miss out on the crazy things we did as kids! They made childhood so much fun!

  3. Ha I remember doing that as a kid! Sounds like you guys are having fun with your weird and wonderful challenges. x

  4. That photo of Aesop is so honest. Amazing photo, even amazing-er that you showed it to everyone. These are the Larsens :)