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sconzey
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Icon 1 posted February 09, 2008 15:21      Profile for sconzey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Heh, "50s" parties are really popular around here, so my housemates and I decided to mess around and throw a 2050s party.

So, I'm curious, beyond tonic water and absinthe, are there any other drink-related (or at least non-toxic) materials that glow under UV-light?

Anybody got any good futuristicish cocktail recipes?

Other suggestions for the look of the party? We're gunna see if we can get our hands on some dry ice, and maybe a big projector to throw psychedelic images on the wall of our living room.

Be creative, and err on the geeky side. We're a house full of Computer Scientists and scifi geeks so... [Razz]

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UV light? Is that like a black light? If so, you could do what we did in college. Have everyone wear white t-shirts or other attire and cover the walls with white paper. Distribute highlighters when they arrive. People can go crazy writing on each other and on the walls, and of course everything glows. It's really cool-looking.

Of course, plenty of really awesome techno/trance/dance music is important, too. Dry ice sounds like a nice touch!

ETA: I suppose I don't have to remind you that body fluids glow under black light. I'm sure you could do some interesting things with that, but your guests might be rather disgusted.

Here's a list of things I found online by googling "things that glow under UV light."

This link provides some interesting ideas. Petroleum jelly glows, aye?

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A 2050 party?

That's easy.

Just turn on all the heaters, put the plug in the bath and turn the taps on.
The place should be hot and ankle-deep in water before the first guests arrive.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
A 2050 party?

That's easy.

Just turn on all the heaters, put the plug in the bath and turn the taps on.
The place should be hot and ankle-deep in water before the first guests arrive.

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Icon 1 posted February 10, 2008 06:43      Profile for sconzey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey, we're students, we can't afford that kind of gas + 'lectricity.

And thanks Rhonwyyn, some fantastic ideas there.

Found this on teh intarwebs. Some interesting cocktail ideas. Any others?

On a more practical note, how does one get hold of suitable quantities of UV lights?

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Try hardware stores or party stores. You're looking for blacklights, aka longwave UV. Anything shorter than longwave and you'll be giving your guests cancer along with a fun party.

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LOL, thanks. I've briefly checked Maplin and they seem to put their usual stupid markup on these. B&Q seem to be far more reasonable.

Is there anyway to filter out the last remaining visible portion of the spectrum if I wanted a truly black light? My high-school physics suggests a yellow/green gel-filter, but would this filter out the UV too?

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Oh! Your link reminded me of the scene from "Miss Congeniality," where Gracie and several of the contestants are at a club and covered in paint. The one girl, already several sheets to the wind, goes "can I get another of these tube-y things?" and waves an empty test tube

I know you're on a college student's budget, but could you maybe serve your drinks in test tubes or beakers? Maybe Erlenmeyer flasks? You could also use transfer pipettes for shots or to hold flavorings or other fun additives for your guests to add to their beverages.

You ARE going to invite me to your party, right?

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Icon 1 posted February 10, 2008 12:13      Profile for sconzey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That's pretty awesome, I remember that scene too. :$

None of us are chemists, but I'll see if I can get some flasks or something to serve drinks in, that'd be pretty awesome.

And you're all welcome to randomly turn up... S'just we're on a different continent. [Razz]

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Pan-galactic gargle blasters will glow if you shine the UV light through the benzine correctly.
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When white shirts glow under UV light, it's residual 'whitening' chemicals from the washing powder that are glowing.

If you soak a white shirt in a strong solution of washing powder, and let it dry naturally on a flat surface, you get a much more impressive glow.

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2008 07:15      Profile for sconzey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I remember reading about that. The chemicals actually make the tshirt subtly blue.
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