At a local carnival, the quack Dr. Zenario was trying to sell a cold remedy of amazing strength. “This hot potion is strong enough to keep a cube of sugar from sinking.”
Carefully he set a steaming cup on his display table and placed an ordinary sugar cube on the surface. Solidly situated, the sugar inspired Harry Zimmerman to pull out a dollar.
“Hold on!” said Mac King as he stepped from the audience. “I think you’ll find the brew starting to weaken.” And sure enough, within seconds the cube started to bob and sink. “I prefer two lumps of sugar,” said Mac. “And Zenario does too.”
Mac knew Zenario’s secret. Do you?
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Solution: Zenario used two lumps of sugar. The first was placed on end in the cup and concealed by hot liquid. Zenario placed the second sugar lump on top of the first and it appeared to float. Before long the first lump dissolved, causing the second lump to sink.
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