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From: Keith R. Williams
Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 21:55:40 -0400
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In article <3D8E74FE.819318C1@webaccess.net>,
> "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!
Well, I was told by a chem prof that what I was doing was ANtI.
...yes it did go off seemingly without provocation. I did have
come crystaline stuff, but it was most the reddish-brown mash.
The materials were easy to find, though the NH3 was trivial.
Indeed some years later my mother's best friend's new husband
remembered me. He never knew why I was buying so much ammonia
water from his pharmacy. I reminded my mom of the "contact-
explosive" and she got all hyper! My wife told her that was
nothing... I turned on my halo. Moi? ;-)
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