CIMG0797 At the Linucon 2005 opening ceremony the Linucon chair Chase Hoffman shared some liquid nitrogen ice cream lore. When he ran a convention in Dallas not long ago, the convention shared the hotel with FEMA workers. When Chase brought a can of liquid nitrogen into the hotel, the hotel employees thought it was a giant keg, so they didn’t mind. Then the FEMA saw them and yelled: “Why are you carrying dangerous chemicals around?” Chase replied: “To make ice cream.” “To make WHAAAT?” Chase then told them about the art of making of ice cream with liquid nitrogen. The FEMA guys said, but you realize that the nitrogen vapor will push all the oxygen out of the room and you’ll die? I didn’t catch Chase’s reply, but anyway… I think he reassured them that they knew what they were doing.
Austin, TX, September 30, 2005