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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
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Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 01:57:44 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 18:57:44 PDT
"Keith R. Williams" wrote:
> In article ,
> firstname.lastname@example.org says...
> > In article <3D8D47EB.1EF28558@webaccess.net>, email@example.com says...
> > >
> > >Joe Leikhim wrote:
> > >>
> > >> They used to package mustard in metal foil packs. They went up pretty
> > good i
> > >n
> > >> 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
> > >wonderful!
> > >
> > >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
> > >day.
> > >
> > >Chuck
> > 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.
No! Absolutely not "amonium nitrogen tri-iodide." It is NI3. Look it up
in the "Handbook of Chemistry and Physics." There is a form, NI3NH3 but
it is really only a crystal form and not a true compound. As unstable as
that stuff is, I wonder how both forms were discovered. I swear that
when a grain of it dries, a mere look will set it off!
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org
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