From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 14:37:25 GMT
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John Woodgate wrote:
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Chuck Simmons
> wrote (in <3D8E5299.353BBEFF@webaccess.net>)
> about 'American vs foreign electrical parts and installations', on Sun,
> 22 Sep 2002:
> >Don't you dare tell any person under the age of 70 how to make it. If
> >you do, he'll be arrested for sure. They will lock him up and throw away
> >the room.
> You can't get those highly toxic substances, iodine and .880 ammonia
> now, without a licence, anyway. (;-)
When I was in high school, I sort of liked chemistry and I became a
regular customer of Clico Chemical and X-ray Supply in Phoenix, AZ.
Imagine the scene. A 15 year old kid marches up to the "will call"
counter and asks for 250ml of red fuming nitric acid, 500ml of NBS
formula A3 denatured ethanol, 250gm of sodium peroxide, 100gm of silver
nitrate, 2 liters of CP sulfuric acid, 2 liters of 40% ammonium
hydroxide, 200gm glucose and 100gm of CP iodine crystals. That really
happened and the clerk ended with, "May I help you carry this out to
I'm not sure how many different explosives can be made from that list.
Actually, the red fuming nitric acid and sulfuric acid were for cleaning
glass. The sugar, alcohol and ammonia (along with a bit of nitric acid
to invert the sugar) were for chemical silvering of glass. The sodium
peroxide was for fun. It is an incredably aggressive oxidizing agent.
That was back when people didn't throw bombs all over or drop airplanes
on your head. The big worry then was that some idiot would lob a
thermonuclear device at you. I'm not sure which is worse.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org