“All you people of the land take courage,” declares the Lord, “and work; for I am with you.”
You may not know this, but given enough time and heat, it is possible to convert normal white rice into pure carbon. As it turns out, this carbon can adhere to (for instance) the bottom of a pot so closely that you might wouldn’t know it had been rice except for the rice-shaped nature of said carbon. Interestingly enough, the process by which rice may be converted to carbon, which might be described thus,
C6H12O6(s) + Heat ? 6C(s) + 6H2O(g)
also happens to involve a small amount of smoke (not shown in the “ideal” conversion above). Thus this lesson also entailed a distinct confirmation that the smoke alarm in our new apartment works beautifully.
The pot, however, may never be the same. It has been soaking for days and, although it stopped smoking and steaming after a while, the carbonized remnants of our rice dinner may have been permanently adhered to the pot’s bottom.