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From: Keith R. Williams
Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 21:21:29 -0400
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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
> good i
> >> 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!!
More accurately "amonium nitrogen tri-iodide". ..remember it
well. I must have made 20lbs of the stuff as a kid. My mother
was haunted by the stiff left over in the street and driveway.
> 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
> brown colour!).
> Also, sprinkling it down the hall of the Physics building between classes,
> had interesting results when lectures ended.
Try dissolving a bit in alcohol and using it as a paint. It
works very well with a small brush in a lock key way! It gets
certainly gets their attention! ;-)
...just don't try condensing it into a small contact explosive
capsule. Ouch! :-(
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