Baking Soda Vinegar Science Experiment:
Me: Alright! Add the vinegar and watch the volcano erupt!
Samuel: Then it becomes soda?
Samuel: the bacon, it becomes soda when you add the vinegar?
Me: What bacon?
Samuel: The bacon that they make into a powder. How does it become soda?
Me: Wait a minute… are you talking about baking soda? (Points to the box.)
Samuel: Yeah! Bacon soda!
Me: Hah! It’s baking soda. For baking! That is why we use it when we make cookies!
Samuel: I think I’m confused. There is no bacon or soda in it?
Me: Nope… Baking is used because you typically bake with it and soda is another word for sodium bicarbonate. I think they used to use sodium bicarbonate in soda drinks like Coke, and that is why it is now called soda. It is sort of a nickname…which is also the reason Coke is called Coke – they used to make it with cocaine! Isn’t that interesting!?
Samuel: What is cocaine?
Me: Mommy has over-spoken once again. Cocaine has a complicated history. Let’s save it for second grade science.
At least I held back from explaining that sodium bicarbonate is the main ingredient in the most commonly used method for making crack.