Thursday, January 8, 2009

Broken glass

If you drop something glass on the floor, and it shatters, it can be tricky to find all the pieces. What I do is turn out the lights and get a bright flashlight. I shine the beam nearly parallel to the floor. That causes small objects to cast a shadow, and often makes the glass sparkle (it also makes your floor look really dirty). Hold the flashlight a foot or two away from your face; that makes it easier to see the shadows and reflections. Also try shining the flashlight straight down. A wet cloth can be helpful in gathering up the smallest pieces.

When it comes time to dispose of the glass, wrap it up in paper or put it into some non-recyclable container. Then tape it up. That'll save you from accidents; one time when I was about 8 I got jabbed in my leg when I was taking out the trash with a broken glass inside.



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