Bumbly was working in his lab again. For weeks now he had
been trying to discover a formula for a super-stick glue.
He wanted to make a glue that would really work.
think we almost have it now, Oscar," he told his assistant.
"It needs just a little something more." He picked up a beaker
full of a dark-colored liquid and poured it into the mixture
bubbling in a flask on the burner. "Now I'll just drink my
coffee while it cooks a while longer.''
Professor Bumbly picked up another beaker of dark- colored
liquid, took a sip, and made a face. "Pfoo! This coffee tastes
Professor," said Oscar worriedly, "I think the other beaker
was the coffee, the one you just poured in the glue."
Professor Bumbly shrugged. "Well, it will give the glue a
little more flavor. Let's see how this batch turned out."
Oscar turned off the flame and poured out some of the glue
into a small beaker. He carried it over to the wall where
the blackboard was hanging by one corner. Last week a small
explosion from one of the Professor's experiments had knocked
on plenty," the Professor advised. "The blackboard is heavy."
Oscar brushed the glue onto the wall. He pushed the black-
board into place and held it there for a few minutes.
The Professor said, "It should be dry now. Let's see if it's
Oscar tried to pull his hands away, but they were stuck tight.
"Help! Professor, I'm stuck!" he cried out. "Your glue worked
too well this time."
I'll help you," said the Professor. But as he moved toward
the blackboard where Oscar was struggling, his elbow knocked
over the flask with the glue mixture.
Sticky glue flowed out over the table and down onto the floor.
"Oh, dear," the Professor exclaimed. "I'd better get the janitor
to clean this up."
He hurried out the door. He found the janitor and told him
about the mess in the chemistry laboratory. The janitor grabbed
his mop and pail and rushed upstairs.
Meanwhile the Professor had a new idea. He had noticed that
the janitor had a beautiful suntan. That made him think about
inventing a new suntan lotion. So he went off to the library
to check on some formulas. He had forgotten all about Oscar
and the glue.
When the janitor walked into the lab, he immediately got stuck
in a puddle of glue. Three students walking by heard the screams
of the janitor and Oscar. They got stuck, too. Someone called
the police. Soon there were two policemen stuck in the lab.
By the time Professor Bumbly got back from the library, the
hall was jammed with students and teachers. Everyone was afraid
to go into the lab. Inside the lab twenty people were struggling
and screaming -- all stuck on Professor Bumbly's super-stick
dear!" said Professor Bumbly. "I'd better do something about
this. I'll mix up a solvent to get rid of the glue." Carefully
he squeezed into the lab, making sure not to step in the glue.
For hours he tried one formula after another, but none of
the solvents worked.
Meanwhile, television crews set up cameras out in the hall.
The whole nation was watching Professor Bumbly and the twenty
people stuck in his glue. Famous chemists from all over the
world visited the lab to make tests and offer suggestions.
Three of them got stuck in the glue.
Through the night and all the next day, Professor Bumbly worked
on new formulas. But none of them could unstick the glue.
As he was pouring Formula 414, some of it splashed into the
burner flame. Fire shot up into the air. But before the flames
could spread, the automatic sprinkler system turned on. Water
poured into the lab. It put out the flame. It soaked Professor
Bumbly. It soaked the other people in the lab. And -- it washed
away the glue.
The 23 people who had been stuck -- students, professors,
policemen, and famous scientists -- were free at last.
Suddenly the blackboard fell off the wall with a loud thump!
"Hmmm!" said Professor Bumbly, "Perhaps I ought to try tea
in the formula next time."
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