For the record…


…my lab days usually involved hydrogen or sodium.

And assorted acids.

And chlorine gas.


Blowing Up Your Lab Mate is a Bad Idea, But It Sure Is Fun
And, not only have I not done it to anyone, but it was done to me back in the days when chemistry practical jokes were still considered funny.

It wasn’t just funny. It was hilarious.

… well, frankly I don’t know why I never got around to the Purple Doom, since I was well aware of nitrogen triiodide from an early age, having read Farnham’s Freehold in grade school. With materials readily available.

I’m not even counting black powder, since everybody did that back in the day. And the holes were easy to fill in.

We shan’t discuss the things that can be done with a flashlight bulb (pre-LED), a bit of propane, and a soda bottle.

And rocket motors… that’s right out, of course.

Aluminum and rust, though; that’s all right. Start a camp fire no matter how wet the wood.

Did you know that t-shirts can explode?


One thought on “For the record…

  1. MamaLiberty February 4, 2016 / 6:58 am

    You and my younger son would have a ball together. He builds black powder cannons, and takes them waaaay out in the boonies to play with. So far, he’s always come back. 🙂


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