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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Wilson)
Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 22:57:22 -0000
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In article <3D8D47EB.1EF28558@webaccess.net>, firstname.lastname@example.org says...
>Joe Leikhim wrote:
>> They used to package mustard in metal foil packs. They went up pretty
>> the microwave at school!
>The best job at my high school (pre-microwave) was the kid who spread
>wet nitrogen triiodide on a sidewalk. When it dried, it got interesting.
>They suspended him for a day but they were laughing as hard as the kids
>were. The purple smoke and crackles when kids walked on it was
>That was in those halcyon days before a bit of fun carried the death
>penalty. Teachers had better nerves in those days. My chemistry teacher
>had us compare brands of gasoline by fractional distillation. A room
>with thirty kids distilling gasoline into open beakers using bunsen
>burners for heat proves that that teacher had nearly superhuman
>fortitude. During the project, there were usually 10 or so fires each
Ah yes, Nitrogen Triiodide!! Brings back fond memories! Had a lot of fun
with the stuff myself. Used to sit in the lecture hall and put a small speck
of it on the note table. Then when it dried a few minutes later, I'd tap it
with my finger. a very loud CRACK followed!!! No one could fugure out where
the noise came from (and no one noticed the tip of my finger was a strange
Also, sprinkling it down the hall of the Physics building between classes,
had interesting results when lectures ended.
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