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Weighted Straw

No more floating
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I'm not sure what causes it, but whenever I have a carbonated beverage and stick a straw in it, the straw generally floats to the top. It either ends up in a virtually horizontal position, or ends up falling out of the drink altogether.

If a straw is weighted at one end, this would prevent the 'floating effect'.

lewarcher, Aug 16 2001

The Mezzanine http://www.amazon.c...002-9015340-7046442
[mrthingy, May 28 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Why the bubbles in Guinness go downwards http://www.straight...columns/000526.html
[my face your, Oct 17 2004]

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       If you'd read Nicholson Baker's The Mezzanine, you'd know that the solution is to go back to the old paper straws, which soaked up enough liquid to sink.
mrthingy, Aug 16 2001
  

       Waugsqueke, it's not that the plastic floats, it's that the bubbles collect on it and give it enough buoyancy to lift...if it was just floaty plastic, it'd come right back up when you push it down, but as it is, they take time to regroup and attack again.   

       Paper straws always had a weird flavor to them.
StarChaser, Aug 16 2001
  

       Hmm, very good idea. Why not a small stainless steel clip that you attach to the end of your straw. That'll sink it for sure, and it can double as a tie clip.
sdm, Aug 17 2001
  

       bubbles go downwards in Guinness - well some of them. would that reverse the effect that Star mentions?
po, May 28 2002
  

       are you sure, [po]? I always thought it was an optical illusion similar to wheels appearing to go backwards in films...   

       Anyone here drink guinness through a straw?
yamahito, May 28 2002
  

       don''t be silly yama, everyone knows about Guinness bubbles, its a fact! ask Star, he is a Guinness drinker.
po, May 28 2002
  

       i've been told that the bubbles don't stick to the straw, they stick to the dirt on the straw. supposedly you can tell how clean your glass is by the number of bubbles that stick to the sides. so the solution is to have clean straws. sorry can't find a link to substantiate.
mihali, Dec 22 2002
  

       You could manufacture plastic straws with a solid blob of the plastic left on the end to weight it. It would probably have to be quite high density plastic.
wagster, Jan 31 2005
  
      
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