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Why do air bubbles cling to a straw in liquid?

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January 17, 2008 1:01AM

Air bubbles need a surface to cling to. Believe it or not, the surface of a plastic straw is not as smooth as you might think. You cannot see the roughness of the straw but it is enough for the bubbles to cling to and form there. The surface of a glass is usually smoother than a straw so bubbles have a harder time forming there. They just want to slide up the side of the glass to the top.