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(Some Guy) Video You got nitrogen triiodide on my feather. You got a feather in my nitrogen triiodi... WHOA   (maniacworld.com) divider line 36
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2008-06-10 07:09:54 AM  
When it comes to seeing something furiously explode at the slightest touch, that stuff has nothing on my wife.
 
2008-06-10 07:22:30 AM  
DslainteC: When it comes to seeing something furiously explode at the slightest touch, that stuff has nothing on my wife.

What, did you marry my ex-girlfriend?
 
2008-06-10 07:41:30 AM  
So how do you even handle the stuff? is it more stable when wet?
 
2008-06-10 07:51:44 AM  
Dinki: So how do you even handle the stuff? is it more stable when wet?

I went looking at wiki. This crap is so sensitive that it explodes by being hit by alpha particles, which is insane. However, there is nothing on there on how to handle it, probably because it has no real use. Too volatile.
 
2008-06-10 08:38:38 AM  
Did anyone notice the unsettling name of the website, Manic World?
 
2008-06-10 08:46:29 AM  
Too bad the powder isn't white. subsitute it for cocaine or crack head's fix = hilarity
 
2008-06-10 09:13:36 AM  
DslainteC: When it comes to seeing something furiously explode at the slightest touch, that stuff has nothing on my wife.

You're obviously touching her in the wrong place.
 
2008-06-10 09:27:08 AM  
Mentat: DslainteC: When it comes to seeing something furiously explode at the slightest touch, that stuff has nothing on my wife.

You're obviously touching her in the wrong place.


Or the right place.
 
2008-06-10 09:31:55 AM  
Nitrogen tri-iodide is, if I remember my freshman chemistry classes, pretty stable when wet.

Amusing story about this, my first semester chemistry prof in college was big on demonstrations. So he did the watchglass and feather thing with nitrogen tri-iodide. He was wearing a white shirt. When the stuff went boom, the front of his shirt was pink. Kinda funny.

He also demonstrated how to make sodium chloride with chlorine gas and sodium metal. We had to evacuate the lecture hall for that one, because he couldn't get the stopper back on the flask of chlorine fast enough. Fun stuff. Good teacher, had bad lab hands, but he was a good teachher.
 
2008-06-10 09:58:03 AM  
fredman: So he did the watchglass and feather thing with nitrogen tri-iodide. He was wearing a white shirt. When the stuff went boom, the front of his shirt was pink. Kinda funny.

My dad tells stories of diluting this stuff down and painting classmates' seats with it, which produced a bang a little less than a firecracker. Don't know anything about the accuracy of the story, as dad's liable to tell some odd ones after a couple drinks.
 
2008-06-10 10:05:05 AM  
It's possible. The bang it makes isn't really huge.
 
2008-06-10 10:15:02 AM  
If you'd like to learn more about Nitrogen Triiodide, there's lots of books in your local library, many of them with cool, gory pictures. Well, good night, everybody. Peace, man.
 
2008-06-10 10:40:56 AM  
Dinki: So how do you even handle the stuff? is it more stable when wet?

If this is the same stuff my Dad used to tell me about, it's pretty damn stable when wet, you can paint it on things. As a kid he had a science teacher that had a habit of kicking open cupboard doors shut when he entered the classroom, so for a laugh, they painted some off this stuff on the door frame of the cupboard. The teacher entered the room kicked the cupboard shut which then exploded off of its hinges.

Do a search for "Peter Logan's Exploding Paste" (new window) on you tube for some more videos of this stuff.
 
2008-06-10 11:02:43 AM  
When I was in High School my chemistry teacher blew some of this stuff up with a feather. He then told us that one time back in the 60's he cooked some up and put it outside a window to dry. He was working and heard a loud bang, went out side and there was nothing left but feathers floating in the sky and pigeon parts all over the wall.
 
2008-06-10 11:34:34 AM  
Delicious clouds of iodine. mmmmmmmm.
 
2008-06-10 12:09:00 PM  
Pretty easy to make too. You just need iodine (preferably reagent grade) dissolved in an excess of ammonia. Once the ammonia evaporates off, voila. Let it evaporate off where you plan to set it off. Helpful hint: Leave a bucket and mop around so that people think that's what the ammonia smell is. Don't use too much, you're playing a prank, not setting a land mine.
/Disclaimer: Don't try this. Really.
 
2008-06-10 12:16:33 PM  
My Quake2 handle used to be NI3

too nerdy?
 
2008-06-10 12:17:20 PM  
Woah, this stuff would be awesome in a subway or airport. No real damage but would scare the shiat out of everybody and they'd never figure out who did it.

Just add another check next to my name on your list mother farkers.
 
2008-06-10 12:20:20 PM  
sleeping martyr: If you'd like to learn more about Nitrogen Triiodide, there's lots of books in your local library, many of them with cool, gory pictures. Well, good night, everybody. Peace, man.

Especially the anarchist's cookbook, but you won't find that in your library.

elfletcho: When I was in High School my chemistry teacher blew some of this stuff up with a feather. He then told us that one time back in the 60's he cooked some up and put it outside a window to dry. He was working and heard a loud bang, went out side and there was nothing left but feathers floating in the sky and pigeon parts all over the wall.

I lol'd
 
2008-06-10 12:32:12 PM  
and the anarchists cookbook said to dry this stuff out over heat

lol

it also had instructions on how to make a quarter pound of trinitrous tolulide crystal... and then dry THAT out over heat as well...

might as well tell people to cook gasoline in a pressure cooker filled with mothballs.
 
2008-06-10 12:36:06 PM  
My high school science teacher placed a trash can full of water in the middle of the football field, then told one of my classmates to plonk a sizable chunk of sodium into it and run like hell. Mushroom-cloud hilarity ensued.

/never get away with it today
//HS science was way more fun back in my day
///get off my lawn
 
2008-06-10 12:47:46 PM  
Pinko_Commie: Dinki: So how do you even handle the stuff? is it more stable when wet?

If this is the same stuff my Dad used to tell me about, it's pretty damn stable when wet, you can paint it on things. As a kid he had a science teacher that had a habit of kicking open cupboard doors shut when he entered the classroom, so for a laugh, they painted some off this stuff on the door frame of the cupboard. The teacher entered the room kicked the cupboard shut which then exploded off of its hinges.

Do a search for "Peter Logan's Exploding Paste" (new window) on you tube for some more videos of this stuff.


Why are all the victims in these videos wearing latex gloves??
 
2008-06-10 02:07:23 PM  
A HS friend of mine tried to make a bunch of this to put in the hallway so it would snap and bang when people stepped on it. It didn't work but it stained the floor purple. I was there when the principle searched his locker, took out a jar, and took a big whiff of lab ammonia. Good times!
 
2008-06-10 02:14:52 PM  
I've seen this stuff demonstrated in a lecture hall, along with a large balloon filled with hydrogen and oxygen which exploded with so much force it temporarily disrupted the video recording of my camera.

The professor said that this explosive compound is not explosive when wet, it's only unstable when dry.

He also said that he has seen grad students place a drop on a sugar cube and set it on a window sill as a way to kill flies. The compound dries then when the fly lands bang!
 
2008-06-10 04:23:39 PM  
For those wondering, you handle this stuff by keeping it really cold.
 
2008-06-10 05:08:26 PM  
halmot: My high school science teacher placed a trash can full of water in the middle of the football field, then told one of my classmates to plonk a sizable chunk of sodium into it and run like hell. Mushroom-cloud hilarity ensued.

/never get away with it today
//HS science was way more fun back in my day
///get off my lawn


MIT sodium drop (new window, NSFW language)

I apologize that the commentary of the guy holding the camera is really annoying.
 
2008-06-10 05:56:18 PM  
Cornered Beef: For those wondering, you handle this stuff by keeping it really cold.

No, no you don't.

I played with this crap when I was in high school. You handle this stuff by keeping it wet, nothing else.

I bought 40 molar (IIRC) ammonia water and lab-grade iodine crystals (Costco Chemical Supply, don't know if they're still around) and added iodine until it wouldn't dissolve any more. As long as it's in solution, you're just handling a bottle of liquid.

Once it's dried out, you don't want to be anywhere near it.

And yes, I have all 10 fingers.

But that's by the grace of God alone.
 
2008-06-10 06:51:35 PM  
Marquis de Sod: A HS friend of mine tried to make a bunch of this to put in the hallway so it would snap and bang when people stepped on it. It didn't work but it stained the floor purple. I was there when the principle searched his locker, took out a jar, and took a big whiff of lab ammonia. Good times!

You guys obviously skipped English a few times....

Just busting your chops. No malice intended.

In any case, I remember this stuff from Chemistry as well. Our teacher was a bit whacked in the head himself, he'd just light up strips of magnesium for fun.

/don't remember much, in the back fiddling with beakers and tubes...
 
2008-06-10 08:23:04 PM  
Marquis de Sod: A HS friend of mine tried to make a bunch of this to put in the hallway so it would snap and bang when people stepped on it. It didn't work but it stained the floor purple. I was there when the principle searched his locker, took out a jar, and took a big whiff of lab ammonia. Good times!

A buddy of mine (who now owns a pretty sizable chemical company) figured out a way to paint it on stairs. It worked...sometimes a little too well.
 
2008-06-10 09:54:21 PM  
Con_Authority

I had the same experience with my HS AP chem professor. He did the balloon thing, which blew the blinds off the wall and out the window. He did the Nitrogen Triiodide thing, and used a feather on a yard stick to blow a stack of books off his desk. He would routinely splash liquid nitrogen in the faces of student not paying attention. (From the right distance it all evaporates and you just feel an icy wind). He held a "Halloween lab" in which we exploded pumpkins and made rainbow color flames in various dishes on a ring stand. And for our final exam, we took it sitting under a cloud of "mystery gas" that he promised to vent once the first exam was turned in. He never told us what it was, but he urged us not to stand up and take a whiff because he didn't want to run people to the hospital.

He later quit because kids today don't respect a good teacher with a unique teaching style.
 
2008-06-10 10:38:58 PM  
I remember seeing this in a MacGyver episode - he made it in paste form then put a couple of drop on the back of some leaves so that when it fried and they fell off they would create a distraction or something like that - I think he might have caked it around door hinges as well so the next person to open the door got a nice surprise..

I tried to find the ingredients for weeks but I think they slightly changed something in the ingredients list in the episode so thousands of kids wouldn't go out and blow their fingers off..
 
2008-06-11 01:24:02 AM  
Chemicals will soon be outlawed.

What are you doing, making dope or something?
 
2008-06-11 02:18:49 AM  
i think making up a batch of this and painting small pieces of cardboard would make really nifty targets for bb guns and rimfires
 
2008-06-11 08:31:13 AM  
One preparation involves using a saturated sugar solution. Put a few drops of it (covered) on a window sill and uncover it when it dries completely. The first fly that comes along for a taste: *!
 
2008-06-11 10:32:15 AM  
This would make a hell of a whoopie cushion. : D
 
2008-06-11 03:21:42 PM  
Many years ago, a friend of mine "borrowed" a large chunk of sodium metal (about the size of a golf ball) from his high school, and brought it out the the lake for Fourth of July.

Some jerks were sitting offshore in their ski boat, firing bottle rockets at us. My friend pulled out the glass jar (filled with oil to keep it from bursting into flames), opened the top, and threw it at them. By the time it hit the water, the sodium was already smoking, and it hit the lake about ten feet from the boat.

Counterbattery fire, as the military says.

Nearly as much fun as the guy I knew who built a farad capacitor.

No, not microfarad, not millifarad, a one farad capacitor. And when charged, it shorted out (oops).
 
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