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Blowing bubbles is the pastime of many a small child, but Louis Pearl is making a living of it.

On June 30, Louis Pearl will be doing his last summer show of The World’s Funniest Bubble Show at The Mash in Downtown Berkeley. As strange as the title sounds it may actually be a show worth seeing. read more »


bubbleNo matter how much people age, they always seem to find one of life’s simple pleasures in blowing bubbles. Louis Pearl knows all about blowing bubbles as he proudly wears the title “The Amazing Bubble Man.” Having discovered “The Bubble Trumpet,” in 1980, Louis got started on the streets of Berkeley, demonstrating different bubble toys. Twenty-six years after his discovery, Pearl has performed thousands of bubble shows all over the world. Advertisements claim he can pull off smoking bubbles, bubbles modeling the planetary system and bubble animals, among other things. The Bubble Man can put some people inside his bubbles while having others eat his work. If you’re interested in seeing this spectacle for yourself, “The World’s Funniest Bubble Show,” is held every Sunday at 11 a.m. through April 3 at The Marsh Berkeley (2120 Allston Way).

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The Bubble Man’s World’s Funniest Bubble Show [The Marsh]


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Smoking is bad for you. So is secondhand smoke, and our world would be much healthier without it.  You know this. And now thanks to a new Berkeley Lab study, we know that third-hand smoke is bad for you, too.

Hugo Destaillats, a chemist with the Indoor Environment Department of Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division, described it this way:

“The burning of tobacco releases nicotine in the form of a vapor that adsorbs strongly onto indoor surfaces, such as walls, floors, carpeting, drapes and furniture. Nicotine can persist on those materials for days, weeks and even months.”

And when it stays, it reacts with “ambient nitrous acids” to form things called TSNAs.

Not scared yet? Do you scoff at the read more »