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Why do bubbles pop?

There are many reasons why a bubble pops. Evaporation of its water content, air turbulence, and, most commonly, dryness - contact with a dry surface or dry air. When you make bubbles in the sun, they evaporate quickly. When there is a strong wind, or even a gentle breeze, bubbles are much more difficult to create and are popped by the wind's force. If the air is very dry, as it is in the desert, or if a bubble touches a dry finger or a piece of clothing or the ground, it pops instantly. Here are some recommendations for the best conditions for making bubbles, especially giant bubbles:
  • Work in shady areas.
  • Try bubble making right after the sun sets.
  • Make bubbles when the air is still or only slightly breezy.
  • Play with bubbles after a rainstorm.  When the air is full of moisture, bubbles will seemingly last forever.
  • Stay in open areas where your bubbles won't run into dry objects.
  • Keep you bubble tools really wet with bubble solution.
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This bubble doesn't pop even when punctured
by a nail because the nail is wet.
Bubble with a nail